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About DMA

Daniel Morgan AcademyEstablished 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.

See our NEW courses for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

What Makes Us Unique

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.
Unlike larger universities that offer security studies programs, DMA’s 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.
DMA develops coursework that is enhanced by the deep experiences of professors with extensive and successful careers in national security.
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. DMA’s library includes collections of open source and declassified materials. Staff librarians assist the students while professors locate the information they need and seek.
In place of a traditional program, incoming recent baccalaureates will attend an instructional and interactive seminar and engage with national security professionals to begin their development of functional literacy in national security terminology and concepts.

Types of Students

Recent college graduates who desire to serve in the national security community (DMA students are all US citizens since citizenship is required to obtain necessary security clearances for a position in the national security community). 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.
Mid-career national security professionals (who already have a security clearance) who wish to credential their experience or obtain specialized knowledge for career advancement. Professionals seeking to earn a Master’s degree may be granted up to 12 hours of credit for their career experience. DMA’s approach to the transfer of credit for prior learning and experience ensures that coursework is not redundant.
Senior and retired national security professionals who wish to acquire academic credentials for their work experience. Professionals seeking to earn a Master’s degree may be granted up to 12 hours of credit for their career experience. DMA’s approach to the transfer of credit for prior learning and experience ensures that coursework is not redundant.

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.”
Graduate Student, Daniel Morgan Academy
“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.”
Graduate Student, Daniel Morgan Academy

Why DMA?

“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

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani

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 

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Upcoming Events at DMA

Academy National Security Lecture Series  (Video | Audio)