Apply to Emergence

Emergence Program applications are now being accepted.

  • May 1 deadline for admittance to the winter cohort     |     Start of Online Orientation: December     |     1st In-residence: March, Monterey CA
  • December 1 deadline for admittance to the summer cohort     |     Start of Online Orientation: July     |     1st In-residence: September, Monterey CA

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 any text, code, image, or multimedia output generated by AI tools as one’s own work without proper attribution. However, it is permissible to use generative AI to support (but not produce) the final product, similar to how one might use search engines, library databases, grammar checkers, online dictionaries and thesauruses, or task planners.

Application overview:

  1. Your current contact information and a resume.
  2. A short essay (2-3 pages double spaced) that includes the following: a) describe a specific opportunity for homeland security/public safety change within your organization (e.g. problem/need); b) discuss 2-3 factors that caused the issue and/or allow it to continue.
  3. A creative submission, created using whatever simple medium you wish – e.g. written, audio recorded, video, PowerPoint, art, etc. – to show us something that is important to who you are and why you are a good candidate for the program.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a supervisor or organizational leader.

Interviews may be conducted on an individual basis when more information is needed.

INQUIRIES: Heather Hollingsworth Issvoran, Communications and Recruitment |, 831-402-4672 (PST)

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