Position yourself for career growth in the intelligence community with a master's degree in management with a specialization in intelligence management.

The intelligence management specialization prepares you to take on management roles in intelligence collection, analysis, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cyber intelligence and espionage, resource management, implementation of new machine learning techniques, and intelligence policy and oversight for national security and law enforcement. Designed for early- to midcareer intelligence professionals, the specialization will improve your professional qualifications and teach you to apply solid management theories and principles, engage in intelligence-related research, and assess intelligence-related data for decision making. It will also prepare you to gain an essential understanding of interagency collaboration and the organization, priorities, processes, and assigned roles and responsibilities of the intelligence community.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Intelligence Management Specialization

In the intelligence management specialization courses, you'll incorporate scenarios and data from actual events into class discussions, assignments, and exercises to practice making executive-level decisions that will better prepare you for the real world of intelligence management. You'll gain an analytical understanding of legal and ethical principles that guide the intelligence community, and learn how to manage intelligence processes, integrate emerging technological advances, and govern human resources. The curriculum is designed to increase your core knowledge and provide an insightful understanding of national security and intelligence policy issues.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Employ holistic solutions and strategies to leverage human, open source, signals, geospatial, technical, and cyber intelligence collection against a wide spectrum of target sets and threats
  • Apply analytical theories, innovative methodologies, deep learning, and intelligent automation and artificial intelligence to gain a broad understanding of the challenges of analysis and its role in providing threat warning indicators and situational awareness in supporting policy makers, decision makers, and military personnel
  • Assess counterintelligence, foreign espionage, cyber and insider threats, violent extremism, and emerging asymmetric threats to national security
  • Apply leadership principles, risk assessments, and threat-mitigation strategies to the unique challenges facing intelligence community leaders
  • Assess the impact of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); threat indicators and analysis; collection; intelligence management; targeting; and counterintelligence

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Conduct a scholarly study of a problem or issue related to intelligence composed of purposeful research, a literature review, writing, analysis, solutions to complex problems, and the defense of conclusions and proposals
  • Discuss real-world issues in national security, such as intelligence reform and reorganization, information sharing, strategic partnerships, adaptive planning processes, technology infusion, workforce management, collection and persistent surveillance, asymmetric threat mitigation, and the emergence of cyber threats and espionage
  • Analyze studies of various laws and executive orders related to insider threats, the debate over national security and civil liberties, legal authorities, judicial authorization, and intelligence oversight

Management Master's Degree with Intelligence Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
  • If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
  • You should take MGMT 650 in your second or third term.

Specialization Courses

  • INMS 600
  • INMS 610
  • INMS 620
  • INMS 630
  • INMS 640
  • INMS 650
  • INMS 660

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • Specialization courses should be taken in the order listed.
  • INMS 600 and INMS 610 must be taken as the first two specialization courses.
  • INMS 660 must be taken after all other core and specialization courses (except for MGMT 670).

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for positions of greater responsibility in areas such as intelligence collection, analysis, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, intelligence-led law enforcement, oversight, policy, acquisition, budget, and human capital management in the public and private sectors.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is appropriate for entry-level to midcareer professionals working in law enforcement, homeland security, and national security agencies. We recommend a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.