Mission, Goals, & Objectives


The Master of Science in Intelligence and Security Studies (MSISS) program prepares students and professionals to contend with next-generation threats and challenges. It builds and develops students’ skills to pursue careers in intelligence and national security and for advancement in the military, intelligence community, and the defense industry and private sector.

Courses emphasize cyber security and operations, hybrid and asymmetric threats, structured analytic techniques, disruptive and emerging technologies, resilience measures, intelligence collections, artificial intelligence, climate change and biodefense, terrorism, disinformation and fake news, and counterintelligence. Students will also have the option of completing a thesis project of their choosing or pursue experiential learning opportunities.


Goal 1: Provide students with the necessary framework and practical skills to succeed in contemporary and future security environments in government, the military, and private sector.

Goal 2: Prepare students to develop and assess strategies, plans, and programs for cyber and physical incidents across the threat spectrum and within the context of hybrid warfare and the gray-zone.

Goal 3: Build students’ analytical skills in intelligence and national security as well as the private sector.