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

The Master of Security Studies (M.S.S.) in Intelligence 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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 overall GPA may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the department head.
  • 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.

Delivery Method

This degree is offered completely online only. Graduate ISSA courses are delivered in an 8-week format.

Time Frame

The program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Degree Requirements

  • M.S.S. in Intelligence 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 and Statistics in Security Studies or comparable graduate-level course from any university department (with advisor approval) 3
    Electives ‡
    Courses Hours
    Electives * 18

    *Graduate INA students may take CRIJ, SEC, or BOR graduate courses as advanced electives with the Department Chair’s permission.

    ‡ Thesis Option

    Students wishing to take the thesis option will be required to take the 18 hours of required ISSA courses, 6 hours of prescribed electives (ISSA 6399 or 6699), and an additional 12 semester credit hours of electives.

    ‡ Non-Thesis Option

    Students wishing to take the non-thesis option will be required to take the 18 hours of required ISSA courses and an additional 18 semester credit hours of electives, including ISSA 6380.

Transfer Credit

Students must adhere to the transfer credit policies of the graduate program to which they are admitted. Official transcripts showing the successful completion of the courses petitioned to be transferred must be on file in the Graduate Office. At least one-third of credits toward a graduate degree must be earned at Angelo State University. No graduate work for which the stuĀ­dent received a grade lower than “B” 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.

The Office of Admissions, in conjunction with the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, has established a separate policy with regard to graduates of the Air Force Intelligence Officer’s Course (14N) by allowing 12 graduate level semester credit hours toward the Master’s degree in Intelligence and Analysis (M.S.S. INA) and the Master’s degree in Global Security Studies (M.S. GSS). These credits will transfer upon comĀ­pletion of the first successful term or semester of enrollment in the M.S.S. INA and the M.S. GSS programs.

For more information contact Dr. Joseph C. Rallo

Graduate Credit for Air Force Intelligence Officer Course (14N) Graduates

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 M.S.S. in Intelligence and Analysis. These credits will transfer upon completion of the first successful semester of enrollment in the program.

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