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"From day one, I have been sincerely welcomed by the Henley-Putnam staff. Everything from explaining the course of study to completing my GI Bill package was done with care and professionalism."

-James Ashby, Bachelors, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies

Henley-Putnam University offers the only Doctorate in Strategic Security. The Doctorate in Strategic Security is a global security program for governmental, law enforcement, military and corporate leaders who oversee personnel in the strategic security industry and CISO's (Corporate Chief Information Officers). 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.

Applying to the DSS program is a no hassles process:

  1. Contact an Admissions Coordinator who will discuss your goals and our program and answer your questions over the phone or by email and help you complete your paperwork.
  2. Review, sign and return the completed forms which include a background check authorization, transcript request forms and other application materials.
  3. Provide documentation of at least 5 years experience in Strategic Security.
  4. Submit a sample of academic writing, most usually a copy of your master’s thesis
  5. Interview with the Dean of the Doctoral Program in Strategic Security or designee

Applicants to this program must have a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree and the equivalent of 30 graduate-level semester hours in Strategic Security or a related field, such as homeland security studies or global security studies, from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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Students enrolled in a Henley-Putnam University master’s degree may apply to the DSS program after successful completion of 45 quarter units of their masters’ course work.

What happens after I apply?

Admission to the University is based on evidence of a student's ability to benefit from its educational program.  Such evidence may include any or all of the following: student's academic record in other institutions, professional experience in homeland security studies or global security studies, among other disciplines, as well as motivation and educational objective.

The Admissions staff processes all applications and evaluates them, for completeness.  The Chair of the Enrollment Committee formally holds the authority to admit or deny any candidate’s application.  Applicants will be notified in writing or via email of the status of their application.

Most applicants receive an admissions decision within a week of the University’s receipt of all application materials.

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