Doctor of Strategic Security (DSS)

Admission to HPSSS is based on evidence of a student's ability to benefit from the educational program and overall potential to render significant contributions to the strategic security profession. Any or all of the following are considered: student's academic record in other institutions, whether the institution is an online accredited university or a traditional school, background check, verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated with the admissions team, professional experience, country of birth and citizenship, motivation and educational objectives.

Admission to the DSS program requires evidence of the following:

  • Completed enrollment agreement application.
  • Documentation of five years’ experience in a security-related field or a letter of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts documenting completion of a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree and 45 quarter credits (30 graduate-level semester hours) in strategic security or related field.
  • Participation in a verbal interview with the dean of the DSS program (or a designee).
  • A writing sample or the completion of a timed writing assessment.

Additional materials may be requested.