CHDS Master's Application Instructions

The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security accepts applications for cohorts in two locations. The curriculum and structure of the programs are identical.

Program begins Location Application deadline Applicants notified
Fall 2020 Monterey May 1, 2020 Aug 2020
Summer 2020 NCR Dec 1, 2019 [open] Apr 2020
Spring 2020 Monterey Dec 1, 2019 [open] Mar 2020
Fall 2019 Monterey May 1, 2019 [closed] Aug 2019

All Monterey in-residence classes are held at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The majority of NCR in-residence classes are held at the William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland with the exception of two in-residence sessions which are held at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Classes at both locations have the same curriculum and instructors.

All applications completed by the deadline will be considered for cohorts in both locations. Please do not designate a desired location or date during the application process.

About the Application

Important. If you are employed by DHS or U.S. Army North, read these additional instructions before continuing.

Important. If you are an active duty military officer, read these additional instructions before continuing.

Information Required

To apply to the program, applicants must complete and submit a self-assessment, a portfolio of background and experience, and recommendations and endorsements from appropriate officials. This process is intended to insure admission only of those individuals whose background, credentials and sponsorship suggest success in the program.

Once CHDS receives the complete application packet, the Admissions Committee will consider the materials, using the following criteria:

  • Academic credentials and potential for graduate study [25% of weighted application score]
  • Experience portfolio [25% of weighted application score]
  • Potential for future contributions to homeland security, as expressed in the self-assessment and other materials [20% of weighted application score]
  • Communication skills, as reflected in all written materials [20% of weighted application score]
  • Recommendations and commitment of support [10% of weighted application score]

Reapplying to the Program

If you have previously applied to the program, and not been accepted, your completed application will remain on file for three years from the date of your most recent application.  You do not need to do anything to be considered for admission to future cohorts. However, it is highly recommended you make changes that might significantly improve your application score. Recommended changes are:

  • Re-write one or all of your essays from a strategy/policy perspective and make the case for the criticality of your position to homeland security
  • Provide additional information about your potential for contributing to the future of homeland security
  • Submit a standardized test score such as the LSAT, GRE or Millers Analogy Test
  • Garner additional letters of recommendation
  • Update employment information if you were promoted
  • While updating your application, you will be asked to briefly describe the significance of the changes you made in each section. You will also be given an opportunity to articulate to the Application Committee why you feel your materials should be reassessed.

Remember, you will need to re-finalize your application after making changes.

Questions or Issues

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you encounter any problems while using the application, please feel free to contact our support staff either by phone or by email:

Phone: 831-656-3829
Fax: 831-656-2619