Global Security

Online Doctorate

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Ready for a Challenge?

Designed for working professionals who have a master’s degree in a related field and at least 3–5 years of relevant experience, the online Doctor of Global Security degree prepares you for executive leadership, upper-level management, or senior-level positions in business, government, or the military.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the program, you will have the skills needed to:

  • Impact decision-making in foreign policy, security, and intelligence roles
  • Offer research-based solutions to current problems of practice within your field
  • Make more informed leadership, analytical, and research decisions

Join Professionals Rising to the Top of Their Fields

In addition to meeting fellow global security experts, you’ll learn from outstanding faculty members with leadership backgrounds in the U.S. Armed Forces, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, National Institutes of Health, and other top organizations.

Due to the rigor of the DGS program, admission is highly selective. Are you ready to take the next step? Request Information to learn more about admission requirements, pricing, courses, and more.

Scholarship Opportunity

To help keep you on the path toward completion, APU offers eligible doctoral students* the chance to apply for the Pathways to Completion Scholarship. Learn more to see how our doctoral program can enhance your knowledge.

Must be an active doctoral student who has completed at least one full term, in good academic standing, and has not received another doctoral scholarship from APUS.

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Hear from the experts

Our doctoral programs are backed by decades of experience by our highly-credentialed faculty working in the field.

Nicole Drumhiller
Nicole Drumhiller, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Security and Global Studies; President, the Center on Transnational Crime and Political Conflict
Kate Brannum
Kate Brannum, Ph.D.
Program Director, International Relations & Conflict Resolution, Middle Eastern Studies
James Burch
James Burch, D.Mgt.
Associate Professor; Naval cryptologist and intelligence faculty

Learn from a nationally recognized leader in online education.

At American Public University, our expert faculty and industry advisors work to shape a quality, relevant, online education that responds to the needs of working adults looking to advance their education in order to meet professional goals. Come discover how our award-winning, accredited education can help you reach your next level.

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Take the Next Step

The application deadline is August 1, 2024.