Course Details

The coursework required for the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Intelligence includes two core courses, Ethics and Capstone, as well as foundation, concentration, and elective coursework. Below represents a sample of course offerings. Format and content may change.

Core Courses (6 Credits)

MPAI 500: Ethics for Applied Intelligence
The Ethics course is a core course in all of SCS’s MPS programs. In the first part of this course, students are introduced to appropriate ethical methodologies, principles, values, and frameworks. In the second part of the course, students study discipline- and field-specific codes of ethics within the profession. The course explores the ethical responsibilities all intelligence professionals have toward themselves, corporations, the government, and the public. Students contrast the roles and responsibilities of intelligence professionals among other law enforcement, homeland security, and competitive business professionals. In the third part of the course, students apply an appropriate decision-making framework and gain experience in decision-making surrounding ethical issues. Course discussions will center on issues involving privacy and confidential or sensitive information. During their final project, students codify an individual code of ethics in relation to professional codes of conduct.

MPAI 900: Capstone
The Capstone course provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the program by producing a substantive piece of work under the tutelage of an industry advisor and program faculty. Projects are aligned with students’ chosen areas of interest in either public sector or private sector intelligence. Students have the opportunity to present their work to relevant professionals for review and feedback. Each student receives assistance in devising a strategy to support the topic of interest, consistent with the course goals, by semester’s end. Classroom assignments and lectures also focus on preparing students for successful careers in intelligence analysis.

Foundation Courses (12 Credits)

MPAI 600: Introduction to Applied Intelligence
This course provides a thorough understanding of intelligence analysis as a field and the tools and techniques associated with intelligence as related to law enforcement, homeland security, cybersecurity, and competitive business intelligence. Students gain a solid grounding in fundamental intelligence concepts and learn how to develop an intelligence strategy, select frameworks and tools for gathering and processing relevant data, and present findings in an effective manner. Assignments include case study assessment and the creation of a strategic intelligence plan.

MPAI 610: Psychology of Applied Intelligence
This course examines the mental machinery behind intelligence analysis and focuses the learner on understanding the fundamental thought processes behind how our mental machinery works in an analytical setting. With specific focus on critical thinking and understanding and moving beyond biases, the course provides students with an opportunity to examine cases in which objectivity and critical thinking have not been present and allows students to explore how those case studies would have been different with an understanding of the psychology behind intelligence analytics.

MPAI 620: Applied Intelligence Communications
This course focuses on oral and written communication skills in applied intelligence. Students will learn how to communicate information effectively to leaders and decision makers in areas of law enforcement, homeland security, and competitive business intelligence. Students will learn about practical techniques and concepts for producing reports, briefs, and infographics relevant to each of these fields within applied intelligence.

MPAI 630: Understanding Intelligence Collection
Before conducting threat assessments or making strategic recommendations, intelligence analysts must first collect data relevant to their goal. Learning objectives for this course include demonstrating knowledge of proper techniques for various types of intelligence projects, such as open-source intelligence, human intelligence, and imagery intelligence. Students develop the fundamental skills and abilities involved in assessing the accuracy and relevance of collected intelligence. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and use the different means of intelligence collection to resolve a variety of challenges.

Concentration Courses (12 Credits)

Choose four courses.

Concentration: Homeland Security

MPAI 745: Introduction to Homeland Security
This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about policy, organizations, legal issues, crisis communications, fear management, and current management approaches related to homeland security.

MPAI 750: Information Security
This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance. Students will study various types of cyber-crime and vulnerabilities of government computer systems and information networks and learn about strategies for the protection of information and computer systems and how to mitigate and respond to breaches of those systems.

MPAI 755: Risk Management
This course will provide students with the skills needed to assess and respond to an organization's exposure to risk as related to homeland security. Students will learn how to model, measure, and assess undesirable risks and reduce risks relevant to large organizations with public obligations across criminal justice disciplines and in public-private security collaborations.

MPAI 760: Unconventional Threats & Counterterrorism
This course will build students’ analytical skills to examine policy issues in strategic counterterrorism planning, particularly in the use of applied technologies within the context of civil jurisdiction and rule of law. Students will discuss policy issues that address the balance and tension between security and civil liberties to effectively counter terrorism.

MPAI 765: Homeland Securities Technology
Government agencies are more dependent than ever on technology and information sharing. This course examines technologies in terms of their contribution to deterrence, preemption, prevention, protection, and response after an attack. Students will receive a broad overview of homeland security technologies, information systems, inspection and surveillance technology, communication, knowledge management, and information security.

Concentration: Competitive Business Intelligence

MPAI 725: Legal Issues in Business Intelligence
This course builds upon IBM’s 1958 definition of business intelligence, “the ability to apprehend the interrelationships of presented facts in such a way as to guide action toward a desired goal” to include real-time access to information which is actionable for the company. Specifically this course will consider legal issues of intelligence gathering in the business sector, structured, detailed data-capture, policy enforcement and training and support, while maintaining ethical guidelines and practices.

MPAI 730: Competitive Intelligence Organizational Design
Competitive intelligence analysis is the process that agencies and organizations use to assess their institutional strengths and weaknesses relative to peer organizations. Students in this course gain insight into how competitive intelligence informs and supports an organization’s ongoing strategy. Throughout the course, students examine case studies and the history of competitive analysis in both government and industry. By the end of this course, students will be able to gather organizational data, interpret relevant data, and evaluate and recommend organizational strategies based on their research. The course places a strong emphasis on the development and application of data analysis and presentation skills.

MPAI 735: Global Competitive Intelligence
This course examines Competitive Intelligence (CI) as the collection and analysis of information to anticipate competitive activity, see past market disruptions, and dispassionately interpret events in a global perspective. In addition students will develop techniques to develop analysis, which provides insight into marketplace dynamics and challenges in a structured, disciplined, and ethical manner using published and non-published sources.

MPAI 740: Information Science for Competitive Intelligence
This course examines how information science and competitive intelligence are both concerned with the gathering, manipulation, classification, storage, and retrieval of recorded knowledge for analysis and utilization. Students will have practical experience with case studies that demonstrate the need to develop information systems that can acquire, organize, maintain, and disseminate information with minimum effort and costs to users through adjusting the traditional perspectives substantially.

Concentration: Law Enforcement Intelligence

MPAI 700: Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations
This course provides students the hands on opportunity via case studies to understand that law enforcement intelligence is not vast amounts of collected information; rather, it is information which has been comprehensively and logically analyzed. This analysis gives raw information its meaning and role in the larger puzzle of police responsibility. Students will have hands on opportunities to work through actual situations and scenarios to understand how intelligence can inform law enforcement operations.

MPAI 705: Counterterrorism and Intelligence
This course examines the role of intelligence analysis and how it is used in current counterterrorism efforts. Students develop extensive knowledge of the roles of intelligence agencies in assessing terrorist threats and how government agencies, military personnel, and local police collaborate to address these threats. In addition, students examine and critique domestic counterterrorism efforts employed since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

MPAI 710: Intelligence Analysis of Organized Crime
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the unique issues surrounding investigations into organized crime by local and international law enforcement agencies. With a special emphasis on network analysis and an introduction to RICO statutes and insights into money laundering, techniques, tactics and procedures for detecting coercion, tampering, and other common aspects or organized crime, students will see how investigating and processing intelligence for organized crime both overlaps and is different from national security analytical work.

MPAI 715: Issues in Criminal Justice
This course is designed to give students a broad overview of issues in modern criminal justice. It examines the goals and values underlying the operations of the criminal justice system, the social construction of crime problems and the process of resolving issues in the local and global criminal justice systems. It also investigates the specific institutions of the criminal justice system including the juvenile justice system, police, courts, and the correctional system, as well as the specific activities and processes carried out by these entities. The course will also provide an overview of best practices for formulating solutions to criminal justice and policing issues.

MPAI 720: Electronic Intelligence Analysis
Today, effective intelligence analysts must be able to gather data from various electronic sources and draw insights from this information. This course focuses on equipping students with the skills to understand what data might need to be collected and how to analyze data from a variety of electronic sources—including metadata from telephones and signals data from radio and satellite sources. Students also review the controversial nature of electronic intelligence collection in light of recent public disclosures and controversies. Finally, students gain insights into the history of electronic intelligence analysis and learn how intelligence professionals employ these electronic intelligence techniques today.

Elective Courses (3-15 Credits)

Students can complete a course from any of the Concentrations listed above as an elective. Additionally, students are not required to choose a Concentration. Those who wish to have a broader educational experience can complete 15 credits (5 courses) from those listed above as electives.