Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

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.  Upcoming course schedules are available here. 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 students 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. 

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

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 gradapp@uccs.edu.

Current UCCS graduate students must submit a Certificate Declaration to spa@uccs.edu.

Upon successful completion of the courses within the declared certificate, students must complete the "SPA Application for Certificate Completion" through their student portal.   The certificate will then be annotated on the transcript, and a printed certificate will be mailed to the student.  Students who wish to pursue a master's degree during or after completing the certificate program simply follow normal application procedures.


Gainful Employment Disclosures:

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.