To earn an MPS in Applied Intelligence, you must successfully complete 11 courses (33 credits total), including:

  • 2 core courses (6 credits total):
    • Ethics
    • Capstone
  • 5 foundation courses (15 credits total):
    • Introduction to Applied Intelligence
    • Psychology of Applied Intelligence
    • Applied Intelligence Communications
    • Understanding Intelligence Collection
    • Advanced Analytical Techniques
      • Effective Fall 2021, this new course will be a required foundation, but available to current students as an elective Spring 2021 and Summer 2021
  • 4 elective courses (12 credits total):

Focus Areas

The Applied Intelligence program offers four focus areas that enable you to tailor your studies and sharpen your expertise in a particular area of study:

  • Homeland Security Intelligence: Learn how to produce intelligence estimates and assess risk related to key homeland security issues, while also exploring the role of technologies in collecting, analyzing, and sharing intelligence.
  • Cyber Intelligence: Enhance your professional skills by learning how to produce cyber threat and defense analyses and manage cyber surveillance operations.
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence: Understand how to develop and apply the intelligence operations frameworks relevant to organized crime and terrorism activities, while gaining a deeper understanding of contemporary issues in policing and the use of technology to prevent criminal activities.
  • Business Intelligence: Examine how to leverage business intelligence to provide actionable insights that support decision-making processes and increase competitiveness.

This section has testimonials from current students and alumni.

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    The Applied Intelligence program provides a well-rounded approach to today’s intelligence issues and challenges. The faculty has real-world experience, which they incorporate into discussions and teaching methodologies. By understanding past failures and new technologies, students have the best tools to succeed in the field of intelligence.”

    Samantha Mowry Master's in Applied Intelligence

Program Formats

The Applied Intelligence program is available in both an online format and an on-campus format. You can opt to take classes online, on campus, or through a combination of both.

  • On-Campus Format: In the on-campus format, classes are held at the same times every week at our downtown D.C. campus.
  • Online Format: The online master’s has the same curriculum as the on-campus format and offers access to all of the same University resources. In this format, you’ll be able to watch lectures and complete assignments on your own schedule.

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule—you can take up to 9 credits per semester and have up to five years to complete the degree.

  • Full-time students typically take three courses during the fall and spring semesters, and two courses during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take one to two courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

STEM OPT Extension

This program is eligible for a 24-month Optional Practical Training extension for degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM OPT) for qualified F-1 visa students.


All programs offered by Georgetown University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.