Strategic Intelligence and Analysis, MA

The Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis 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. The degree features courses in fundamental intelligence disciplines, such as analysis and epistemology, intelligence collection, and others. Every analyst in the Intelligence Community is expected to be proficient in 6 core competencies.  The competencies enumerated by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) are as follows: 

  • Engagement and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Personal Leadership and Integrity
  • Accountability for Results
  • Technical Expertise
  • Communication

The program focuses on summarizing psychological theories relevant to critical thinking and analytical techniques, demonstrating knowledge, through examination procedures, of the major theories and research findings in intelligence analysis, becoming familiar with analytical literature through independent reading, and applying analytical techniques and theories to problem sets. The Master’s in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis prepares the next generation of intelligence analysts for leadership roles in the public and private sectors.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

SIA 6000Psychology of Intelligence Analysis4
SIA 6010Intelligence Operations Management4
SIA 6020Globalization and Intelligence Issues4
SIA 6030Intelligence Analysis and Policy Relationship4
CJS 6125National Security—Law and Policy3


Complete one of the following:4
Topics in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis
Thesis (Please Note: Students that are interested in taking SIA 7990 need to first take and pass GST 6109 Basic Field Research)


Complete one of the following concentrations:

Analysis for Homeland Security

HLS 6030Intelligence for Homeland Security3
HLS 6020Technology for Homeland Security3
HLS 6010Contemporary Threats to Homeland Security3
HLS 6050Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4

Intelligence Community Operations and Analysis

SIA 6040Interagency Collaboration4
SIA 6050All-Source Intelligence4
SIA 6060Human Intelligence Operations4
SIA 6070Analysis for Counterterrorism4

Remote Sensing 

Required Courses
RMS 5105Fundamentals of Remote Sensing3
RMS 6110Introduction to Machine Learning for Image Data3
Complete four of the following:12
Unmanned Aerial Systems for Geospatial Analysts
Remote Sensing and Global Change
Introduction to Radar and LiDAR Remote Sensing
Spatial Analytics for Vegetation and Precision Agriculture
Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management
Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
Spectroscopic Image Analysis
Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action


Complete 6–8 quarter hours from the following:6-8
Culture and Psychology
Law and Psychology
Intelligence Collection
Security and Terrorism
Foundations of Information Security
Risk Management
Interdisciplinary Foundations
Leadership for Intelligence Professionals
Basic Field Research Methods
Regional Studies: East Asia
Regional Studies: Middle East
Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
Regional Studies: Europe
Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
Regional Studies: Latin America

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required