Established in 2014, the Daniel Morgan Academy is a new, independent, non-profit graduate school in downtown Washington, DC that specializes in tailoring its graduate degree and certificate programs to the specific needs of our students who are serving or seeking a career in the US national security community.
Its three Master’s programs (Intelligence, National Security, Information Operations) and five specialized credit-bearing certificates (Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflicts, Regional Specialization, Non-Kinetic Operations, Intelligence Specialization, and National Security Specialization) provide the framework through and in which students can advance themselves academically, personally and professionally.
A scholar-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.
DMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization licensed by the Education Licensure Commission of the District of Columbia.
What Makes Us Unique
Types of Students
What our students say:
“The school’s faculty – scholar practitioners – are truly unique. We are able to learn first-hand from those engaged in current and recent policy debates. Our professors and the guest lecturers provide us with a realistic understanding of both contemporary challenges to US national security and opportunities to advance US strategic interests and values.”
“The faculty are available and engaged. They led careers that we would like to have. They willingly serve as mentors, helping us develop the professional networks that we’ll need to launch a meaningful career.”
“In my 50-plus years in intelligence, I don’t know if we’ve been beset by a more diverse array of challenges and crises around the world.”—Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
“As I often tell young officers at CIA, I have never seen a time when our country faced such a wide variety of threats to our national security. Run your fingers along almost any portion of the map from the Asia Pacific to North Africa and you will quickly find a flashpoint with global implications. China is modernizing its military and extending its reach in the South China Sea. North Korea is expanding its nuclear weapons program. Russia is threatening its neighbors and aggressively reasserting itself on the global stage. And then there is the cyber domain, where states and sub-national actors are threatening financial systems, transportation networks, and organizations of every stripe, inside government and out.”—CIA Director John Brennan
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Message from the President
Given the proliferation of national security threats challenging our nation and opportunities to advance our political and economic interests, the Daniel Morgan Academy was recently established in our nation’s capital.
The goal was to create a graduate school that focused exclusively on national security issues, with a robust curriculum, and scholar-practitioner instructors who would spend quality time educating and mentoring the next generation of national security leaders.
Our Master’s programs in National Security, Intelligence, and Information Operations are unique, in that the courses, taught by experienced professionals, provide students with the education and tools necessary to address a myriad of functional and regional issues affecting our nation’s security. The Academy’s Regional Affairs Department ensures that our students receive the country specific education necessary to critically analyze threats and opportunities affecting our country’s well-being.
Our experienced professors are committed to providing quality personal education and mentoring to our students, to help ensure that they are prepared to assume entry-level and more senior positions in those public, private sector, and nongovernmental agencies and organizations concerned with our national security.
If you have a passion for these issues, and are prepared to work long hours with dedicated scholar-practitioner professors, then you should consider the Daniel Morgan Academy. —Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani