Master's to Doctor of Strategic Security

There are three paths for a high achieving HPSSS master’s student to apply for the Doctor of Strategic Security program:

  1. Traditional: A master’s student fully completes the requirements of the master’s degree and then applies for the doctorate degree.
  2. Dual Credit: Once admitted, a master’s student uses doctorate courses as the four master’s open electives courses, which then count both toward the master’s and doctorate degrees. Students will be admitted upon completion of 31.5 quarter unit credits towards the master’s degree. The dual credit path maintains the integrity, scope, and objectives of both degrees while allowing for programs completion in an accelerated time frame.
  3. Blended: Admitted master’s students start the doctorate program without finishing the master’s program’s culminating project. Students will be admitted upon the completion of 45 quarter unit credits towards the master’s degree. The students graduate when successfully completes all requirements for the Doctor of Strategic Security degree. The graduates receive the DSS but not their MS as they move into the doctorate without fully completing the master’s program requirements.

To apply, students will have

  • Already enrolled in a MS program.
  • Earned at least 27 quarter unit credits toward their master’s degree.
  • Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.