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MS in Intelligence Studies Degree Requirements

There are six required core courses, which correspond to the program’s five core knowledge areas. Those core areas are: analytic strategy, analytic methods, applied informatics, project management, and analytic communication. The six required courses are each three (3) credit hours.

  • LIS 6700 Information, Strategy, and Decision Making
  • LIS 5937 Information Analytics
  • LIS 5937 Advanced Information Retrieval
  • LIS 6260 Foundations of Information Science & Technology
  • LIS 5937 Project Management
  • LIS 5937 Professional and Technical Communication for Analysts

There is one elective designated for analytic methods.

The final two curriculum requirements for the M.S. in Intelligence Studies are each offered at three (3) credit hours.

  • Experiential Learning (Internship or Equivalent)
  • Capstone (Integrated Portfolio of Competencies)

The six required courses, one Methods area elective, and two other course-equivalent projects total 9 courses/equivalent. Students not pursuing one of the two specialty concentrations may choose their final three-credit elective in consultation with the program advisor.

Students in the Strategic Intelligence concentration must also take Intelligence: Core Concepts, and have Structured Analytic Techniques and Methods as their elective in the Analytic Methods area.

Students in the Cyber Intelligence concentration must also take Intelligence: Core Concepts, Cyber Intelligence, and Advanced Cyber Intelligence (which they can potentially substitute for LIS 5937 Advanced Information Retrieval) and have Structured Analytic Techniques and Methods as their elective in the Analytic Methods area.

The program curriculum is built around five core competencies:

  • Analytic Strategy: This competency is grounded in the human science foundations for complex analysis, including foundations of strategic theory, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making.
    • Define and deconstruct a problem or policy question
    • Apply strategic theory and analyze strategic objectives
    • Engage in rigorous, creative problem-solving and systematic decision-making;
    • Generate, analyze and present information concerning possible answers or courses of action
    • Link options and alternatives to an organization’s mission and goals
    • Consider hypotheses and analytic results from different cultural perspectives
  • Analytic Methods: This competency emphasizes skills in formulating, selecting and applying a range of appropriate analytic methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative.
    • Design and conduct applied research and analysis to support policy, planning or strategic objectives.
    • Identify and evaluate relevant data to address the question
    • Select and apply appropriate methods for knowledge development to achieve specified strategic and informational objectives
  • Applied Informatics: This competency is grounded in the technical foundations for developing and applying tools to support complex analysis, which might include computational modeling, data structures, data visualization, information architecture and systems.
    • Design, implement, and evaluate technology to enable key information processes
    • Apply core theories and best practices of information storage and retrieval
    • Identify, develop, and evaluate appropriate information and communication technologies
    • Access, retrieve, organize, store, integrate, and disseminate information from heterogeneous, geographically diverse sources to meet user needs and strategic objectives
  • Project Management: This competency comprises the skills necessary to plan, organize, evaluate, motivate, mobilize and control resources, processes and outcomes to achieve specific goals.
    • Define and scope a new project or new phase of an existing project
    • Develop and maintain a workable scheme to accomplish project objectives
    • Encourage and enable people to work together as a team to accomplish a project
    • Monitor and control project progress and performance, adapting the plan as needed
    • Identify, analyze and respond appropriately to risks over the course of the project
  • Analytic Communication: This competency area emphasizes clear expression of opinions and reasoning, along with effective communication of one’s ideas in writing, oral presentation, and visual display.
    • Communicate well-reasoned opinions clearly and concisely in written memoranda and oral presentations
    • Formulate and communicate well-supported conclusions, being astutely aware of the assumptions and limitations underlying their approach and opinions
    • Leverage their knowledge of human cognition and perception to visually present data and other complex information so that users can easily understand them