Apply to the Emergence Program

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

Please note 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 website. Here is a list of the points of contact for each component.

Please note before starting an application.
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Naval Postgraduate School adheres to federal, state and local guidelines. Only vaccinated individuals will be allowed in the classroom. Applicants should only apply to CHDS programs if they are able to comply with the vaccination requirement and attend the scheduled in-residence, classroom sessions in-person. Vaccinated students in-residence may be required to wear masks and social distance as guidelines and policy recommend. NPS policies are continually evaluated and may be subject to change. If you have questions, please contact CHDS at

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Application overview:

1. Your current contact information and a resume.

2. A short essay (2-3 pages double-spaced) that includes the following: a) a specific opportunity for homeland security/public safety change within your organization (i.e. a problem or need); b) your idea for achieving the change (i.e. solving the problem); and c) 1 or 2 possible challenges/barriers to achieving the change.

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.

Read the complete program overview.