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International Security and Intelligence Studies Degree - Master of Science

Degree Overview

With the rapidly evolving national and international security concerns, demand is increasing for talented security and intelligence professionals. Bellevue University’s Master of Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies is designed to help you develop a broad understanding of global politics, economics, social change, military developments, transnational threats, cybersecurity and comparative intelligence cultures. This degree was created for advanced students who expect to pursue executive and other high-level positions within security and intelligence, whether governmental or private, or for those who want to pursue a Ph.D.

Learning Outcomes

The Master of Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies will equip you with the competitive skills necessary for a career within the Intelligence community, and is specifically structured to help you develop essential analytical processing and research production skills. This degree is unique as it takes intensively rigorous academic methods and applies them to professional situations. You will be challenged to develop an article for possible submission to scholarly, peer-reviewed or graduate student journals in every class. At the end of your coursework, you will possess an extensive and impressive scholarship portfolio, as well as refined presentation skills from defending various original pieces of scholarship, both live and via remote viewing. Finally, you will be encouraged to apply for Intelligence Community internship programs or private-sphere intelligence-related corporate internships before you graduate, with faculty mentoring you through the process. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Investigate the impact of transnational threats on U.S. national security.
  • Estimate future trends that might emerge from such transnational threats, and identify the consequences on long-term U.S. policy, with the aim of developing new policy proposals.
  • Assess how various intelligence communities around the globe operate and function in comparison to the American intelligence community. Critique the philosophical and strategic differentiation that exists between these organizations.
  • Identify and analyze the complexities of issues that impact global interaction and generate conflict resolution strategies for such issues; including peacekeeping, military intervention, diplomacy, the environment, political economy and cultural dissension.

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