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Intelligence, Security Studies and Analysis Master’s Degree (M.S.S.)

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The Master of Security Studies (M.S.S.) in Intelligence, Security Studies and Analysis addresses the growing need for graduate-level study in the intelligence discipline and its relationships to national security issues such as:

  • Policy making
  • Military strategy, planning and operations
  • Constitutional issues
  • The rule of law in a democracy  

The degree is ideal for those with bachelor’s degrees in security issues or related fields who want to improve their cognitive, analytical, decision-making, advising and leadership skills within the intelligence profession.

To increase flexibility, the program has both a thesis and non-thesis option.

Online Only

Degree

Master of Security Studies (M.S.S.) in Intelligence, Security Studies and Analysis

Careers

Our graduates can expect to work in any of these settings:

  • Department of Defense
  • Federal Civil Service Agencies
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Department of State
  • International Relations
  • Private Sector

Program Highlights

  • Classes are 100 percent online and in eight-week format.

  • Faculty includes nationally recognized experts in intelligence, analysis, military and political issues, terrorism and human rights, global security challenges, cybersecurity, and strategic thought and leadership.

  • Course materials are designed to improve students’ cognitive, analytical, decision-making, writing, advising, and leadership skills within the intelligence profession.

  • ASU recognizes military service and will maximize training and career experience.

Admission Requirements

  • All college and university transcripts
  • Essay of no more than 750 words discussing an important issue of national security

Letter of Recommendation

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better, including all grades on repeated courses – or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work

Application Deadlines

Spring: December 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: November 1

International Student Fall: June 10

Degree Plan

  • M.S.S. in Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis Courses
    Required Courses (21 Total Hours) Hours
    ISSA 6300 Intelligence and National Security 3
    ISSA 6301 Grand Strategy, Intelligence Analysis, and Rationality 3
    ISSA 6302 The Transformational Imperative: Reorganizing in a Multi-polar World 3
    ISSA 6303 Advanced Intelligence Analysis: Operating in Complex Environments 3
    ISSA 6304 The Practice of US Intelligence and National Security 3
    ISSA 6305 Research Methods in Security Studies or comparable graduate-level course from any university department (with advisor approval) 3
    ISSA 6380 Capstone in Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis 3

    Thesis Option (15 Total Hours)

     
    ISSA Elective Courses 9
    ISSA 6399 or 6699 Thesis 6

    Non-Thesis Option (15 Total Hours)

     
    ISSA Elective Courses 15

    Thesis Option

    Students wishing to take the thesis option will be required to take 21 hours of ISSA courses, 6 hours of prescribed electives (ISSA 6399 or 6699), and an additional 9 semester credit hours of electives.

    Non-Thesis Option

    Students wishing to take the non-thesis option will be required to take the 21 hours of required ISSA courses and an additional 15 semester credit hours of electives. Students in the non-thesis option will be required to pass an oral comprehensive examination. This does not need to take place on the ASU campus and can be done via teleconference or other appropriate methods. Please see the section on Advisory Committees for oral comprehensive exams in the Graduate Catalog under Academic Guidelines and Graduate Studies Policies.

    Elective Options

    ISSA 6306 Applied Statistics
    ISSA 6309 Intelligence Support to Policy Making: The Impact of 9/11
    ISSA 6310 Military Intelligence: Strategic, Operational and Tactical
    ISSA 6311 Special Operations: Creating Strategic Intelligence Effects
    ISSA 6312 Cyber Arms Race and the Intelligence Policy Nexus
    ISSA 6313 Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism
    ISSA 6314 Strategic Thought and Leadership
    ISSA 6371 Internship
    ISSA 6381 Special Topics
    ISSA 6391 Independent Research

  • Carr Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.

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