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International Security and Intelligence Studies Degree - Master of Science

Degree Overview

This program aims to deliver nuanced and research-led understanding of the contemporary security and intelligence environment. It is designed to help you develop a broad understanding of global politics, economics, social change, military developments, transnational threats, cybersecurity and comparative intelligence cultures.

The Master of Science in International Security and Intelligence Studies (ISIS) degree aims to be unique in the field by taking intensively rigorous academic methods and applying them in a professionally applicable manner. You will be challenged to produce an article for possible submission to graduate student, peer-reviewed or scholarly journals in every class. At the end of the program, you will have one of the most extensive, rigorous, and impressive scholarship portfolios in the country. You will also refine your presentation skills by 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 ISIS faculty mentoring you through the process.

Learning Outcomes

ISIS is specifically structured to help you develop essential analytical processing and research production skills. These skills will make sure you stay competitive in a tight market.

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.

Career Opportunities

You will have extensive career opportunities with this degree: governmental, corporate, philanthropic, and academic. The United States Intelligence Community is comprised of 17 agencies and the demand for analysts is likely to continue increasing. In addition to these 17 agencies, the United States has hundreds of major private-sphere corporations and organizations working exclusively with Intelligence Community priorities and mission objectives. This translates into many diverse and intriguingly varied career opportunities far beyond the CIA, FBI, or NSA.

CNNMoney ranked Intelligence Analyst number nine on their 2009 Best Jobs in America list*. According to*, the median annual salary for an Intelligence Analyst is $77,500.00.

*"Best Jobs in America 2009.” CNNMoney. November 2009.
* March 2014.

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