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Global Security


The Doctor of Global Security (DGS) degree explores the complex global security environment, with a focus on the role actors play in the formulation and implementation of international, bilateral, and state policies and norms, and practices of global scope and concern. The program also addresses the impact of global security issues on domestic security and foreign policy.

The multidisciplinary curriculum integrates research and evidence-based solutions to the complex problems you face in your professional practice, and is designed to prepare you for leadership in the field. Strong emphasis is placed on conducting thorough program and policy evaluations that identify and analyze decisions beyond first order impacts, and on further cultivating your applied research skills at an advanced level.

Our doctoral programs embrace a scholar-practitioner model of education. Courses are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many of whom hold key positions in government agencies or public safety organizations.

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Admission Requirements

Admission to our doctoral programs is selective. Students are selected based on evidence of outstanding intellectual ability, strong commitment to applied research and practice in the discipline, and demonstrated ability to successfully complete post-baccalaureate study.

Upon completion of the application and payment of the non-refundable $100.00 application fee, you will be assigned a Student ID. This will allow you to complete your admissions package.

  1. Prior Education
    A master’s degree in the discipline or closely related discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Related disciplines include: International/Global Studies; International Relations and Affairs; Political Science; Criminal Justice; Homeland Security; National Security; Military Studies; Cybersecurity; Resource Management; and Global Business and Management. Other degrees and doctoral experience may be considered.
  2. Professional Practice
    You must have 3-5 years work experience in the global security field or closely related field.
  3. CV or Resume
    Must include work history, professional accomplishments, service to the profession, and any teaching and research experience.
  4. Official Transcripts
    Your official transcript verifying the award of your master’s degree must be sent from the issuing institution and arrive in sealed envelopes or by official electronic copy (such as National Student Clearinghouse transcript). No faxed or unsealed transcripts will be accepted.
  5. English Proficiency
    Applicants from a country whose native language is not English (regardless of current residence) must provide proof of English proficiency.
  1. Three Letters of Recommendation
    Choose your references from colleagues with whom you have current or recent (within the past 3-5 years) professional associations. The letters should attest to your professional accomplishments, leadership in the discipline, written and verbal communication strengths, service activities, and personal strengths necessary for successful completion of a doctoral program.
  2. Professional Goal Essay
    Write a 1,000 to 1,200 word essay describing a significant problem of practice relevant to your current professional context. Discuss the potential underlying causes and the ways in which this problem aligns with your research interests or professional practice. Please include your rationale for earning a doctorate in this specific program and your long-term academic and/or professional goals.
  3. Professional Writing Sample
    Submit your own original writing sample of at least 1,000 words, such as a report, white paper, project plan, memo, brief, or publication. Alternatively, you may submit a video of a professional presentation such as a briefing, or a public lecture.
  4. Photo ID
    Submit a legible color copy of your valid government-issued photo ID. Military students, except Air Force, can submit a government issued JST.
  5. Admissions Interview
    Final candidates will be interviewed by the Doctoral Director, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and at least one faculty member.

We recommend you start the online application at least 4 weeks prior to the application due date. An admissions representative will contact you after you submit the application with instructions on how to submit the required documentation.

Tuition & Fees

Doctor of Global Security Total Costs: $60,054 plus dissertation credit(s)

  • Year One= $24,021 (3 terms x $8,007)
    Plus travel cost for residency held in Washington DC metro area.
  • Year Two= $24,021 (3 terms x $8,007)
    Residency costs are included.
  • Year Three =$12,012 (2 terms x $6,006)
    Plus travel cost for residency held in Washington DC metro area.
  • Dissertation phase, one credit per term ($863) until the dissertation is defended and all graduation requirements are complete.
  • Includes book grant for course materials

Additional Fees:

  • Application: $100 (non refundable)
  • Graduation: $250
  • AMU Transcript: $5 to $20 depending on delivery method

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Program Format & Length

This program is offered in cohorts of 30 students or less, and is taught predominantly online. You may continue working in your field during your studies, but the curriculum workload is considered full time, and you will need to be excused from your professional work responsibilities while attending the required annual residences.

Plan to spend at least 15-20 hours per week on your studies. Completion of the program requires 8 terms plus your dissertation. Each 16-week term includes:

  • 8-week course (3 credits)
  • 8-week course (3 credits)
  • 16-week course (1 credit)

You will take all courses together with your cohort until year two when you choose your electives. Research will be conducted individually, but there will be opportunities for peer feedback and group discussion of research methods.

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