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Master of science in intelligence and security studies.

Earn a highly marketable master's in intelligence and security studies.

Our Master of Science in Intelligence and Security Studies (MSISS) Program enables you to complete your degree requirements in as soon as one year (full-time) or part-time—on your schedule. The program is flexible, and you can take classes entirely online from anywhere in the world. Our distinguished faculty and experts will prepare you for career success in a rapidly growing field. 

Our Program

The Master of Science in Intelligence and Security Studies (MSISS) Program prepares students and professionals to contend with next-generation threats and challenges and build resilience in our globally competitive world. The overall goal of the MSISS program is to equip students for careers in strategic national security policy and intelligence analysis and to accelerate advancement in the military, defense industry, intelligence community, diplomacy, and the business community.

Two Concentration Options

Our Master of Science in Intelligence and Security Studies students complete their degree requirements in 30 credits. They can pursue concentrations in one of two areas: Applied Intelligence and Security and Resilience. 

  • Applied Intelligence: Students will learn to gather, analyze, and interpret critical materials collected from surveillance, observation, reconnaissance, espionage, infiltration, and cyber operations. Students will develop critical analytical skills, research techniques, and the communication expertise necessary for identifying threats and advising policymakers with well-reasoned assessments.
  • Security and Resilience: Students will enhance their strategic thinking and data analysis skills to work with the next generation of analysts and organizations to understand and integrate conventional and unconventional security with system resilience, including the capacity of government, businesses, and individuals to withstand and recover from shocks, stresses, disruptions, and threats. These include climate change, pandemics, terrorism, and extremism, cyberattacks and ransomware, great power competition, and damage to critical infrastructure. 

Topic Areas

  • Disruptive and Emerging Technologies
  • Resilience Measures/Critical Infrastructure
  • Intelligence Collection and Analysis
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Disinformation and Fake News
  • Counterintelligence
  • Terrorism
  • Hybrid and Asymmetric Threats
  • Climate Change and Biodefense

Why LVC?

  • Flexibility—The MSISS program is asynchronous (self-paced) so you can take classes on YOUR schedule. Students can complete their degree requirements (30 credits) in as soon as a year, or step in and out as needed.
  • Study from Anywhere—Students have the flexibility to take courses online.
  • Faculty Expertise—Courses will be taught by seasoned professionals and experts with knowledge in various career-enhancing areas, including a two-time Fulbright Scholar. The program director provides individual advising and mentorship for each student.
  • Career Outlook—The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 31% Job Outlook for information security analysts (much faster than average) between 2019 and 2029. And they note a median salary of $103,590 for 2020.
  • Individualized Educational Experience—Students choose between completing a traditional thesis project or engaging in a final project based on their passion. These immersive experiences enable you to apply your learning in a real-world context.
  • Ongoing Career Support—Students will be supported by our career services team in the Breen Center for Graduate Success from day one and throughout their careers.

Employment Outcomes

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 31% Job Outlook for information security analysts (much faster than average) between 2019 and 2029. And they note a median salary of $103,590 for 2020. Graduates will be prepared for careers in strategic national security policy and intelligence analysis, and career advancement in the military, defense industry, intelligence community, diplomacy, and business community.


Accelerated Alumni Admission Program

Accelerated Alumni Admission Program

The Accelerated Alumni Admission process is simple and free of charge to current LVC seniors and alumni.

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October

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Join us for a virtual chat about our M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program. Date: October 19, 2021
Time: 5-6 p.m.
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