52 Credit Hours
Two years to complete with full-time student status
The Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence Studies is designed for students who seek careers in the intelligence field, as well as professionals whose agencies or clientele are charged with the acquisition and interpretation of intelligence. This 52 credit hour/two-year degree program features courses in fundamental intelligence disciplines, such as analysis and epistemology, intelligence collection, and deception. The program equips the student with all of the requisite tools and knowledge, required and anticipated, that are necessary for professional success in the field.
Candidates for this degree are not required to pass a language proficiency examination. However, foreign language training is highly encouraged.
Students in this program may be enrolled full-time (9 or more credit hours per semester) or part-time (less than 9 credit hours per semester), but must complete the degree in five calendar years or less. After successful completion of all coursework, each student will be required to pass a one-hour oral examination and a three-hour written comprehensive examination.
Courses in Intelligence and Statecraft (all required)
Note: For the following two specializations, students must take a total of four courses, including at least one course in each specialization.
Specialization in The Art of Intelligence
Specialization in Counterintelligence and Foreign Intelligence
Learning Outcomes, M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies
1. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the various aspects of statecraft (military strategy; intelligence; counterintelligence; defense against foreign propaganda; deception; influence operations; psychological strategy; and terrorism), and the role of protective security in our democracy.
2. Students must demonstrate the ability to address intelligence, counterintelligence, protective security, and influence operations by integrating these into a coherent whole.
3. Students must demonstrate the ability to think strategically and integrate tactical work with strategic goals.
1. Students must demonstrate knowledge of basic terms, concepts, historic facts, theories, economics, and geography related to the strategic intelligence field.
2. Student must demonstrate knowledge of the chosen field of specialization (national security, intelligence, statecraft, counterintelligence, etc.)
3. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the role of intelligence to the other instruments of statecraft of foreign powers.
4. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the main ideological currents of the modern era and the role of ideas and values in strategic intelligence.
5. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of the American founding and the American political economy and their relevance to U.S. foreign policy.
Values and Principles:
1. Students must demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the Western moral tradition (particularly the natural law and the dialog between reason and revelation) and its application to foreign policy and strategy.
2. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the building blocks of statesmanship and moral leadership, including various personal and civic virtues as: honesty; integrity; the ability to see the truth and tell it to power; courage; perseverance’ independence of thought and the capacity to resist peer pressure and the “conventional wisdom”; respect for the rule of law; prudence; justice; discernment of the national interest; respect of the dignity of the individual human person regardless of their background or condition.
3. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between policy and how American constitutional and cultural values affect the role of intelligence and protective security in American statecraft.