GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN NATIONAL SECURITY INTELLIGENCE
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.
A Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence consists of four required classes. These courses are designed to be taken in the order in which they appear below. For descriptions of courses see 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
Courses may be offered in the classroom or online. Students are not required to apply to a degree program to take these courses but must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students must earn grades of B- or better in each course counted toward a certificate.
Current Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) students may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA or MCJ as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the certificate only may apply these courses to the MPA or MCJ degree if admitted. However, only courses taken within six years prior to the semester of graduation may be applied to the degree.
Current MPA or MCJ students must submit a Certificate Declaration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student, and submit official transcripts and a $50 application fee to the UCCS Office of Admissions.
*Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently. It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses, you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying. Upcoming course schedules are available here.
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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.