Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence



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The Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence offers students insight into U.S. security and intelligence organizations and structures, and enables understanding of threats that the U.S. is facing from various state and non-state actors. The certificate is designed for those interested in careers in federal- and state-level security and intelligence agencies, military operations and planning, think tanks, and private sector security. Students attending this program will engage with recognized national experts and practitioners in the field. This certificate will provide tools for students to think critically about security threats to the U,S., and to analyze, interpret, and act upon information collected by the intelligence community.

Entrance into this program requires a Bachelor's degree, and all courses must be completed with a grade of "B-" or better in order to earn the certificate.

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A Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence consists of four required classes. Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is possible that pursuing a certificate fully online or fully on campus could take up to two years, depending on course availability.   Find more about upcoming course schedules. For descriptions of courses see the UCCS Academic Catalog.

Required courses include:

  • PAD/CJ 5950: Major Issues in National and Homeland Security
  • PAD/CJ 5965: International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PAD/CJ 5970: Intelligence and Security Policymaking
  • PAD/CJ 5985: U.S. Intelligence Analysis in the 21st Century

Current UCCS students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA or the MCJ as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the courses within the certificate with a "B" or better may apply the courses to the MPA or MCJ degree, if admitted.  Only courses taken within six years prior to graduation may be applied to the degree. Current students must submit a Certificate Declaration to

New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the $60 application fee.  An official transcript showing the undergraduate degree conferred should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to

Gainful Employment

This certificate program meets Department of Education regulations for gainful employment programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.


The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence.