The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis

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With its history, reputation, and affiliation with the military, The Citadel is uniquely positioned to help students develop leadership and scholarship in the analysis of intelligence. The program is designed to give students a broad understanding of Intelligence Analysis issues, and to enhance leadership capabilities for those people now working in local, state, and federal government, and others who are interested in gaining greater knowledge about the field of intelligence.

This program introduces students to Intelligence Analysis concepts, applicable management principles, policy analysis, critical thinking and enhanced critical leadership skills necessary to successfully address security and intelligence challenges facing the United States.

The Intelligence Analysis Certificate program is aimed at working professionals who want to increase their knowledge of Intelligence Analysis issues, who seek to understand the role and importance of effective leadership in national security matters, and who wish to apply leadership strategies and tactics to complex intelligence issues.

The Citadel's Intelligence Analysis Certificate program can be completed in the classroom or 100% online. The convenience of distance learning allows working professionals and military service members to pursue a graduate certificate online without interrupting their careers.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the Intelligence Analysis Certificate program will be expected to:

  • Display insight into the interworking of Intelligence Strategy and Interagency Collaboration and National Security Policy development
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the Intelligence Operational Cycle
  • Show an awareness of current intelligence threats such as domestic and international terrorist groups
  • Make analytical decisions based on sound intelligence analysis by demonstrating skills in critical thinking, cultural understanding, and historical examination.
  • Conduct open source research by gathering appropriate information, collecting necessary data, performing valid assessment and communicating through oral and written presentations


Admission Requirements

    1. Complete the online graduate application along with the appropriate non-refundable application fee.
    2. Submit an official transcript for the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate or graduate work directly from each accredited college or university attended.
    3. Submit a letter of intent, no more than two pages, which answers the following questions:
      • How has your education and experience prepared you for graduate courses in intelligence analysis?
      • How will your knowledge, skills, and experiences contribute to this program’s learning community?
      • What do you hope to gain from this Intelligence Analysis graduate certificate program?
    4. Submit the names and contact information for three (3) references familiar with your work.

    Students who are currently admitted to a graduate degree program at The Citadel are automatically eligible to pursue the graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis but are required to apply for acceptance into the certificate program.

    All material must be received by the CGC office to receive consideration for admission to this graduate certificate program.

    Certificate in Intelligence Analysis Academic Requirements

    Students must complete 15 hours of graduate study (5 courses). The program consists of three required intelligence courses (3 hours each) at the graduate level and each student must choose two electives from a specified list of criminal justice, political science, and homeland security courses. A stand-alone certificate in Intelligence Analysis is provided to individuals who are not enrolled in a degree program at The Citadel but are interested in receiving a Certificate in Intelligence Analysis.

    Students who are simultaneously enrolled in both the Master of Arts in Social Science (MASS degree) and the Intelligence Analysis graduate certificate may count the five Intelligence Analysis courses as their Cluster A requirements for the MASS degree. Simultaneous MASS degree/Intelligence certificate must meet all the requirements (admission, declaration, by course completion without substitution) of the simultaneous MASS degree/Homeland Security certificate.

    Students may NOT enroll in the simultaneous MASS/Homeland Security AND MASS/Intelligence certificate programs (since both would fill the Cluster A requirements) but MAY enroll in a simultaneous MASS/Leadership and MASS/Intelligence certificate programs (since the former fills the Cluster B and the latter fills the Cluster A) as currently outlined in the CGC catalog.

    Required Intelligence Analysis Courses

    CRMJ 580 Introduction to Intelligence (Three Credit Hours)

    This course provides an introduction to the field of intelligence and national security. We will examine the history and development of United States intelligence community. Specific topics include the intelligence cycle, the relationship between intelligence professionals and policy makers, the restructuring of the U.S. intelligence community, oversight and accountability, and covert action as a policy option. The moral and ethical implications of intelligence practices will also be discussed.

    CRMJ 581 Intelligence Research and Analysis (Three Credit Hours)

    This course seeks to develop in students the skills and abilities necessary for conducting basic intelligence analysis. A variety of exercises and practical applications are used to foster critical thinking skills, the planning and coordination of data collection from a variety of sources, and the use of analytic tools to establish connections between people, places, events and other entities. Students are exposed to computer software programs that visually depict complex relationships.

    CRMJ 582 Intelligence Theory Application (Three Credit Hours)

    This course introduces the student to the discipline of intelligence and provides the student with an understanding of how intelligence systems function and how intelligence estimates and products are derived. By understanding the basic psychology of intelligence, organizational trends and cognitive cultural difference, the student will gain insight to how intelligence analysis actually transpires.

    Elective Courses

    CRMJ-585 Topics in Intelligence (Three Credit Hours)

    Selected special topics or problems in the general area of intelligence to fit the needs of students as well as the specialized knowledge of the faculty – possible offering: Narco-terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Emerging Threats.

    CRMJ 562 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (Three Credit Hours)

    An examination of the ideology, structure, and justice processes of various criminal justice systems in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America This comparative study involves the analysis of diverse social control, legal, police, court, correction, and juvenile systems from representative justice approaches around the world. Variations among countries in crime and deviance phenomena, as well as, comparative normative values, practices, and ethics of justice system practitioners are explored. Contemporary dilemmas and issues involving crime and criminal justice practices among divergent justice schemes are discussed.

    CRMJ 583 Transnational Organized Crime (Three Credit Hours)

    This course will examine the diverse dimensions of transnational crime. Students will examine and discuss historical and contemporary patterns, modus operandi, capabilities, and vulnerabilities of transnational criminals and organizations. Course content includes an introduction to transnational crime, a discussion of the "problem" of transnational crime, a review of illicit activities of transnational criminal organizations, an examination of the link between transnational crime and terrorism, a review of contemporary approaches to combating transnational crime, and area studies covering Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and The Americas. Area studies will include a review of American, Italian, French, Mexican, Asian, Middle Eastern, & African criminal enterprises, traditional organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and other transnational criminal enterprises.

    Elective Course from Homeland Security (Course Descriptions)

    CRMJ 515/PSCI 515 Topics in Homeland Security (Three Credit Hours)

    Selected special topics or problems in the general area of homeland security to fit the needs of students as well as the specialized knowledge of the faculty.

    CRMJ 555/PSCI 555 Leadership Application Course in Criminal Justice (Three Credit Hours)

    Selected special topics in leadership application within the field of criminal justice based on the specialized knowledge and research interests of the faculty.

    CRMJ 560 Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Administration (Three Credit Hours)

    Seminar on effective management principles and practices as they apply within homeland security organizations. Organizational and management theories are analyzed and applied to the contemporary structure of homeland security organizations with emphasis given to a review of the research related to the development of leadership skills for homeland security management.

    CRMJ-566 Ethics and Integrity in Homeland Security (Three Credit Hours)

    A study of the role of justice, ethics, integrity, and ethical behavior in the homeland security. The course examines ethical issues regarding the application of law and challenges associated with the protection of American citizens against internal and external threats. Consideration is given to the function of ethical conduct in the rule of law, use of authority, and exercises of governmental power as part of U.S. government responses to threats to homeland security. The course includes a thorough review of issues related to the rules of engagement, the U.S. Patriot Act, Border Patrol and Security, the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) regulations, and the treatment of terrorists. Ethical dilemmas and practical applications are explored.

    CRMJ 568/ PSCI 568 International and Domestic Terrorism (Three Credit Hours)

    In-depth seminar on the nature of international, transnational and domestic political violence, with some attention to the phenomenon of “state terrorism” (international repression) and its potential impact on the conduct of American foreign policy. The course also reviews and critiques current explanations for terrorist behavior. Issues addressed include conceptualizing and defining terrorism, the structure of violent politics, the lessons and patterns from the history of contemporary political violence, State support for terrorism, and counterterrorism as a public policy problem.

    PSCI569/CRMJ 569 National Security Policy (Three Credit Hours)

    Seminar which examines the components of United States security policy. Course discusses the roles and agencies involved in the development of national security policy. Consideration given to factors, both internal and external, affecting national security.

    To promote flexibility for both faculty and students many of the Homeland Security courses can be modified to incorporate intelligence analysis aspects or similar courses can be developed specifically with an intelligence focus. For example the Ethics and Integrity in Homeland Security could be modified to Ethics in Homeland Security and Intelligence. Likewise the Topics in Homeland Security course could be adapted as Topics in Homeland Security and Intelligence course.

    CRMJ 570 Homeland Security (Three Credit Hours)

    Seminar on homeland defence and security. The course takes an in-depth look at the agencies involved in homeland security and the interagency processes which exist to integrate the services of federal agencies and state and local governments with armed forces and defense agencies.

    If students complete this certificate and would like to continue their graduate education, all courses from the Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis count toward a Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies.

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