The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

Introduction

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a Washington DC-based graduate school established to accelerate the education, hands-on experience and research competencies of aspiring men and women committed to serving in the national security workforce.

With an experienced faculty and a crafted curriculum, DMGS seeks to become the leading institution to educate and train graduates to fulfill the future leadership required to meet the expectations of the national security community in the years to come.

We are an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization and are licensed by the Education Licensure Commission of the District of Columbia.

Established in 2014, the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) provides graduate education in support of the intelligence and national security communities. Its three Master’s programs (Intelligence, National Security, Information Operations) provide the framework through and in which students can advance themselves academically, personally and professionally. A practitioner faculty impart and ensure optimum understandings of real world events, and a strong cadre of visiting instructors supplements the classroom experience through simulation and presentation.

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a new, independent and stand-alone graduate school in Washington, DC (near Farragut North and West Metro Stations) dedicated to delivering the practical edge for the national security and intelligence professional. The DMGS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is neither a government contractor nor a government entity. At present, its financial backing comes from the support of US-based philanthropic foundations.

Legacy of Daniel Morgan

The Graduate School is named for General Daniel Morgan of the American Revolution, and the hero of the Battle of Cowpens. He was a model of patriotism, professionalism, and creativity. Unlike wealthier aristocratic and well-educated generals, he was in many ways the precursor of a new American soldier—a civilian called to service when he was most needed. By 1779, Morgan’s corps of riflemen had played a significant role in almost every major battle, but he was passed over for a promotion and resigned. A year into his retirement, aware that he had the skills, intelligence, and leadership qualities needed in Washington’s southern campaign, he set out with loyal corpsmen and rejoined the war effort on his own initiative and at his own expense. He went on to achieve a major victory at Cowpens by using intelligence to lure and trap an especially ruthless and arrogant adversary.

Mission Statement

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) educates, trains and develops experts and leaders in the national security and intelligence communities. DMGS educates students to develop actionable solutions to address global and domestic security challenges.

Vision Statement

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) seeks to be designated by the national security community as a center of excellence in graduate education, instruction and research.

DMGS Values

Core academic values are central to the history and tradition of higher education. As the provider of graduate education and research aimed at addressing the nation’s security and intelligence challenges, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is fully committed to the values of integrity, commitment, service, innovation and professionalism in teaching and student services.

Integrity – Academic integrity is a commitment to the fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

Commitment – DMGS is committed to advancing national security and intelligence knowledge through independent research and analysis of real-world problems.

Service – DMGS leads by example. The programs, counseling and mentoring provided each student, serve as a model for their own career development.

Innovation – DMGS guides students in developing the skills needed to employ innovative and transformational thinking to today’s challenges and tomorrow’s threats.

Professionalism – Collegiality and respect, along with a true collaborative spirit, are essential in today’s rapidly evolving security environment.

DMGS Students

DMGS enrolls three categories of students:

(1) Recent college graduates who desire to serve in the national security community (DMGS students are all US citizens since citizenship is required to obtain necessary security clearances for a position in the national security community);

(2) Mid-career national security professionals (who already have a security clearance) who wish to credential their experience or obtain specialized knowledge for career advancement; and

(3) Senior and retired national security professionals who wish to acquire academic credentials for their work experience.

DMGS’ students have a high sense of purpose, duty and dedication to the United States and the national security mission. Throughout the academic program, there are various opportunities for younger graduates to become acclimated to the selection requirements of a position in national security or intelligence, beginning with a robust orientation program that includes interactions with retired and active duty personnel and officers.

Credentialing of Experience

Professionals seeking to earn a Master’s degree may be granted up to 12 hours of credit for their career experience. DMGS’ approach to the transfer of credit for prior learning and experience ensures that coursework is not redundant.

Nature of Education and Instruction

All training, instruction and academic exercises are delivered at the UNCLASSIFIED level, using only publicly available materials. Instructors use their professional judgment in deciding what material works best in each course.

How DMGS is distinct from other graduate schools

Personalized Attention: Our programs are tailored to each student based on individual career goals and requirements and are designed in consultation between the student and professors. Course meetings are capped at seven students per session.

Single Focus: Unlike larger universities that offer security studies programs, DMGS’ primary mission is to prepare students to face current challenges and extant problems. Students will enjoy maximum flexibility in program design through individual advising, mentoring, and career placement.

Career Professionals as Faculty: DMGS develops coursework that is enhanced by the deep experiences of professors with extensive and successful careers in national security.

Research: Washington, DC is the center for research into governmental records and presidential administrations, and is home to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Library of Congress. DMGS’ library includes collections of open source and declassified materials. Staff librarians assist the students while professors locate the information they need and seek.

Admissions

Admission is competitive, with decisions rendered on a rolling basis, as applications are received and made complete for review, and as long as space remains in the entering class. Admissions interviews are required, as are strong writing skills, recommendations, and records of past achievement in the classroom. DMGS does not rely on standardized tests. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the school, or arrange an informal informational interview with a senior staff member before filing an application.

DMGS seeks to enroll a diverse, representative student body composed of serious scholars from throughout the country. DMGS also seeks students who demonstrate the capability to think creatively and critically in order to resolve the strategic challenges and threats we face as a nation.

Our Location

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security is located in the heart of our nation’s capital, Washington, DC, just blocks from the White House. We are near the Farragut North and the Farragut West Metro stations, making it convenient and easy to access.

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Master of Arts in Information Operations

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

Information Operations (IO) represents a key instrument of current and anticipated national security policy. IO provides a means of supporting, through information and education, allies and political elements abroad who share US interests in many parts of the world. [+]

Program Objectives Information Operations (IO) represents a key instrument of current and anticipated national security policy. IO provides a means of supporting, through information and education, allies and political elements abroad who share US interests in many parts of the world. IO also provides a means of deterring and prevailing against state and nonstate adversaries and other competitors seeking to undermine US security interests, ideals, and quality of life. This instrument offers a wide range of digital and human influence capabilities. It ensures that the US is more able to safeguard its information infrastructure to make and implement policy, to be able to deter, and if necessary to use its information capabilities to prevail against attempts by others to weaken, manipulate or cripple US information programs, and to counter the deception and influence capabilities of competitors. IO also can be used help prevent conflict and to influence the outcomes of political and military conflict. The DMGS program is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, concepts and theories to understand the critical role that IO plays in supporting and enhancing US national security policy. That role is now recognized as nationally important in the DoD’s Joint Publication 3-13, which has been used to educate and deploy increasing number of IO specialists. (Other agencies have not yet publically identified their IO doctrine and/or related major practices.) The DMGS program will focus on the strategic aims, skill sets, and historical and innovative techniques coming online that will continue to provide opportunities... [-]

Master of Arts in Intelligence

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

This program will focus on the cutting edge missions, methods, and organizational arrangements of intelligence in general, and US intelligence in particular. It will focus on the four major elements of intelligence – collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action – and their application abroad. [+]

Program Objectives This program will focus on the cutting edge missions, methods, and organizational arrangements of intelligence in general, and US intelligence in particular. It will focus on the four major elements of intelligence – collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action – and their application abroad. Similarities and differences with intelligence inside the US will also be included. The program will also focus on the interdependence of the symbiotic relationships between the elements of intelligence and interrelationships with other national security practitioners at many levels of policymaking and implementation – from grand strategy formulation to enhancing military strength and guile as in Information Operations. Graduates of this degree program will be able to: Articulate the strategic significance, aims, strategy, tradecraft and culture of the elements of intelligence and evaluate the profession of each element, and the skills and aptitude required for this work. Anticipate current and future security challenges, identify opportunities for effective use of intelligence, and lessons learned about how intelligence as both an input into policy and as an instrument of policy may be able to advance US interests globally and regionally. Identify how major tensions inside liberal democracy with secret intelligence are reconciled through institutional checks and balances, oversight, press freedom, and public education. [-]

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Master of Arts in US National Security

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a unique, professionally-oriented graduate school offering a Master of Arts Degree in US national security. The DMGS program is specifically designed to support the professional development of aspiring, new, and mid-level professionals in government, the private sector, and in civil society who seek to advance and secure the interests and ideals of the nation. [+]

Program Objectives The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a unique, professionally-oriented graduate school offering a Master of Arts Degree in US national security. The DMGS program is specifically designed to support the professional development of aspiring, new, and mid-level professionals in government, the private sector, and in civil society who seek to advance and secure the interests and ideals of the nation. The focus of this program is to enhance students’ historical, conceptual, and theoretical knowledge of skills necessary to develop strategy and policy; to develop the skills to diagnose contemporary and over-the-horizon threats and opportunities; and based on this diagnosis, to consider policy options and the integration of alternative capabilities which could be applied to ongoing security challenges and conflict melioration and resolution. This includes the skills to anticipate the trends in the global environment; the short-and long-term aims, strategies, instruments and vulnerabilities of competitors; and to identify the resulting specific opportunities ― in a given region or globally ― to advance US interests. The program will also cover US government organizational and institutional arrangements, and the authorities of individual agencies to implement policy. In addition, the tensions between national security policy and practices and liberal democracy will be considered – and how the US and other democracies have sought to reconcile them. This program will also cover the functional utility of individual instruments, and integrated “whole of government” planning in regional geographic contexts, with particular emphasis on the non-kinetic capabilities of the other two... [-]

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Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security

Address 1620 L Street, NW Seventh Floor
20036 Washington DC, Washington, D.C., USA
Website https://dmgs.org/
Phone +1 202-759-4988