Master of Security Studies (M.S.S.) in
Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis
The Master of Security Studies (M.S.S.) in Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis is a distinctive degree addressing the growing need for graduate-level study of the intelligence discipline and its relationships to national security issues such as policy making; military strategy, planning, and operations; and Constitutional issues and 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.
- 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. Required GPA may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the department head.
- At least two letters of recommendation
- An essay of no more than 750 words discussing an intelligence-related topic affecting our nation’s security
The GRE test is not required for admittance to the program.
This degree is offered completely online only. Graduate ISSA courses are delivered in an 8-week format.
The program can be completed in as little as 18 months.
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
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.
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.
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
A maximum of nine semester credit hours of graduate course work completed in a regionally accredited institution may be transferred toward the master’s degree in Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis. Official transcripts showing the successful completion of the courses petitioned to be transferred must be on file in the College of Graduate Studies. No graduate work for which the student received a grade lower than B will be accepted for transfer credit. No graduate work which was part of a degree awarded at another institution will be accepted for transfer credit. All transferred course work must have been completed no more than six years prior to the awarding of the master’s degree at Angelo State University. Approved transfer credit will be awarded after the student has successfully completed one semester or term of graduate enrollment. Department chair Dr. Casey Jones can provide a recommendation for transfer credit to the graduate dean at the student’s request. For more information, please contact him at 325-486-6422.
Note: The Office of Admissions, in conjunction with the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, will make an exception to standard policy with regard to graduates of the Air Force Intelligence Officer’s Course (14N) by allowing 12 graduate-level semester credit hours toward the degree. These credits will transfer upon completion of the first successful semester of enrollment in the program.