Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies

The Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies provides professional, graduate-level academic education in the interdisciplinary field of intelligence studies. The program's core courses impart substantive knowledge and analytic skills required by all professionals in the Intelligence Community. Students may also pursue concentrated study in functional areas, regional studies/intelligence sub-fields. Student learning is greatly enhanced by the diversity of program professors with strong professional and academic backgrounds in intelligence studies, many who currently work in the U.S. Intelligence Community.  

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level outcome objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Examine the evolution, structures, functions, capabilities, and activities of the national intelligence community, both from the pre-and post September 11, 2001, perspectives.
  • Explain the structures, functions, capabilities, and contributions of national intelligence consumers to include the national command authority, executive departments, Congress, military services, joint/unified commands, and law enforcement agencies.
  • Appraise the intelligence cycle, including intelligence planning, data collection, data exploitation, analysis, production, and dissemination phases.
    Investigate the fundamental capabilities, limitations, and means of tasking human, geographic/imagery, signals, measurement, and technical and open intelligence data sources.
  • Assess and predict traditional and non-traditional threats to national and international security.
  • Conduct advanced research and compose professional and academic analyses on issues critical to intelligence consumers.
  • Evaluate the latest techniques and procedures for improving interagency cooperation and intelligence sharing.

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