Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security - Doctorate in Strategic Security (DSS)




The Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security (H-PSSS) is designed to contribute to the establishment of higher education standards in the areas of strategic security, intelligence and counter-terrorism. Designed for board of director level leaders and managers or their military equivalent, the ultimate purpose of the Doctorate in Strategic Security (DSS) is to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals whose primary mission is the protection of human life. Graduates will be able to coordinate effectively a wide range of strategic security resources and personnel, across multiple agencies if necessary, to produce timely, objective, and accurate intelligence and other security-related products to help prepare those choosing to protect others and the nations of the world. It is evident that the need for such training and education grows ever more rapidly during these tumultuous times, especially with numerous shifts in geopolitics.

National American University recognizes the many sacrifices, challenges, and demands placed upon service members and their families, including extended deployments, temporary duty assignments, and frequent permanent change of stations. To better serve military students and their dependents, NAU maintains a full division dedicated to the service of active duty and retired military personnel and their dependents. NAU is committed to assisting military students to achieve their educational goals by providing quality education and exceptional student support services focused on the specific needs of veterans, active military, dependents, and retirees.

H-PSSS serves both military and civilian students. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees (see the undergraduate and master's catalogs for more information).

NAU provides services specifically designed to meet military personnel and their dependents needs. Through National American University, the Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security:
  • offers over 65+ degree programs and 30+ certificates online;
  • is authorized to receive tuition assistance payments through the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU for all service branches;
  • participates in the VA education benefit programs;
  • is a Yellow Ribbon school;
  • supports the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program;
  • participates in the President’s Principles of Excellence Program;
  • supports the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success;
  • follows the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations to grant credit to students for learning acquired from approved organizations;
  • accepts JST, CCAF, CLEP, and DSST.