Apply to the ELP

ELP applications are now being accepted.

  • January 15 deadline for admittance to the spring cohort. Successful applicants are notified in March for a May start.
  • June 15 deadline for admittance to the fall cohort. Successful applicants are notified in August for an October start.

DHS Employees: Read this before starting an application.
All DHS components require their employees to apply through their training and education department before submitting an official application on the CHDS website. If you are a DHS employee, see the list of the points of contact for each component.

Private Sector Applicants: Please note the following before starting an application.
Beginning in 2023, private sector organizations are required to pay the travel and per diem costs of participants accepted to either the CHDS Executive Leaders Program or the Emergence Program. There is no charge for tuition. Private sector individuals who are accepted into either of the two CHDS programs will be asked to confirm their organization’s financial support as part of the acceptance process.

Note before starting an application:
The Naval Postgraduate School adheres to federal, state, and local guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. There are currently no vaccination or mask requirements to attend CHDS programs; however, participants should be prepared to comply if new COVID-19 guidelines are implemented for any reason. If you have questions, please contact CHDS at

About AI Usage in CHDS Applications
The NPS Academic Honor Code holds that “unless otherwise stated by the instructor or advisor, all work submitted in fulfillment of graduation requirements will be the student’s own.” In keeping with this policy, it is not acceptable to submit as one’s own work any text, code, image, or multimedia output by generative AI tools. If any text, code, image, or multimedia output from generative AI tools is included in one’s work, it must be marked and attributed. No acknowledgement is needed for uses of generative Al to support (but not produce) one’s final product, much as one might use search engines, library databases, grammar checkers, online dictionaries and thesauruses, or task planners.

Applicants may submit applications at any time, but to be considered for the next class, completed applications should be received by the nearest deadline (see above).

Submitting an application does not indicate acceptance into the program. Each complete application will be reviewed and evaluated using an objective, weighted system assessing the applicant’s background, credentials, and experiences against the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the program. Applicants will be notified of their status once the admissions committee makes its recommendation.

Overview of the Application

  1. Current contact information
  2. Your organization/agency and your position in it
  3. Your resume
  4. What do you contribute to homeland security, within your jurisdiction and region? (<1000 characters)
  5. Over the next five to ten years, what impacts do you expect to have within the homeland security enterprise? (<1000 characters)
  6. How have you enhanced collaboration among professional disciplines within the homeland security enterprise, to include, building relationships with diverse communities? (<1000 characters)
  7. Describe your most recent significant homeland security-related policy challenge and how you were able to address it with a positive outcome. (<2000 characters).
  8. Provide a one-page essay on what you envision as the greatest emerging homeland security challenge or problem for your jurisdiction.
  9. If you are not the most senior person in your organization, you will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation from an individual in your chain of command who is authorized to grant your time away.

INQUIRIES: Sara Kay, ELP Director |

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