Curriculum

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
  • 4 foundation courses (12 credits total):
    • Introduction to Applied Intelligence
    • Psychology of Applied Intelligence
    • Applied Intelligence Communications
    • Understanding Intelligence Collection
  • 5 elective courses (15 credits total):

All core and/or foundation courses—aside from Capstone, which you will take during your final semester of the program—must be completed before you can take elective courses. 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.

Concentrations

The Applied Intelligence program offers three concentrations 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.
  • 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.
  • Competitive Business Intelligence: Examine how to leverage business intelligence to provide actionable insights that support decision-making processes and increase competitiveness.

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 of the master's in Applied Intelligence, classes are held at the same times every week at our downtown D.C. campus.
  • Online Format: The online master’s in Applied Intelligence 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.