The Master of Science in management's intelligence management specialization prepares you for professional positions in the fields of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; target analysis; intelligence collection; operations and analysis; counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and counterproliferation; cyber intelligence and espionage; resource management; intelligence sharing and partnerships; emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence; and intelligence policy and oversight for national security and law enforcement management.

In this specialization, you'll apply critical thinking, research, and analysis skills to the study of advanced technology integration, cyber threats, intelligence budgets, communications, leadership, workforce development, interagency collaboration with public and private national security organizations, and intelligence reform, as well as to the priorities, laws, and policies regulating the U.S. intelligence community.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Management Master's Degree with Intelligence Management Specialization

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply critical thinking concepts in assessing how the intelligence community conducts intelligence operations, integrates emerging technologies, and resolves national security threats and crisis situations
  • Evaluate the leadership principles, risk assessments, and threat mitigation strategies demonstrated by how intelligence community leaders manage, organize, and coordinate intelligence, counter-intelligence, and national security operations
  • Evaluate the constitutional obligations and legal responsibilities of the intelligence community in complying with the USA Patriot Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act, congressional oversight, and the president’s Intelligence Advisory Board, while mitigating national and homeland security threats and ensuring the effective management and operation of U.S. intelligence agencies
  • Assess cyber threats, and distinguish the roles of cyber intelligence, cyber operations, cybersecurity plans, strategy, policy initiatives, and regulatory compliance
  • Analyze the impact of emerging technologies on threat indicators and analysis, collection, intelligence management, intelligence-led enforcement, targeting, and counterintelligence for intelligence and national security professionals, initiatives, and operations
  • Assess counterintelligence, foreign espionage, cyber intelligence, violent extremism, and emerging insider and asymmetric threats, by applying holistic solutions and strategies to leverage human, open source, signals, geospatial, technical, and cyber intelligence collection involving a wide spectrum of target sets

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

Initial Requirement

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

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Specialization Courses

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

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
    • MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.
  • 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 specialization and core courses (except MGMT 670).
  • You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses, 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.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

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

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve writing skills.