Feb 07, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intelligence Studies, M.S.

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Cyber Intelligence
Strategic Intelligence

Contact Information

College: Arts and Sciences
Department: School of Information

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Intelligence Studies is an online, applied graduate major designed to train a “next generation” of information and intelligence professionals for the private and public sectors. USF’s Intelligence Studies major is built around an innovative STEM-based model for professional analytic education. The curriculum focuses primarily on developing analytic competencies, and subsequently allows students to focus on specialized subject-matter areas. The principal aim is to train problem-solvers who understand strategic concepts and analytic methodologies and can apply that knowledge to advance an organization’s interests and objectives. Graduates will be capable of developing and evaluating new knowledge; generating and analyzing courses of action; expressing clearly reasoned opinions; and communicating effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual display.

Major Research Areas: Strategic Intelligence, Cyber Intelligence, Intelligence Analysis, Information Studies, Information Analytics, Cybersecurity

Admissions Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE is not required
  • 250-500 word essay describing academic and professional background, reasons for pursuing the degree, and professional goals pertaining to intelligence, analytics, and/or information
  • Professional resume or CV
  • Students applying to the Cyber Intelligence Concentration must also have technical knowledge, to include a basic understanding of:
    • Programming/coding (e.g. Python, Java, C++), computational problem solving, and of
    • major computer Operating Systems and how they function

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum Hours - 36 Credit Hours

  • Core Requirements – 18 Credit Hours
  • Concentrations - 6-12 Credit Hours
  • Electives – 6 Credit Hours (Strategic Intelligence Only)
  • Comprehensive Exam/Capstone- 3 Credit Hours
  • Internship – 3 Credit Hours

This program is offered partially online. Courses may be taken online or on-campus, pending availability.

Core Requirements (18 Credit Hours)


Students select from the following Concentrations:

Strategic Intelligence (12 Credit Hours)

Cyber Intelligence (12 Credit Hours)


No thesis is required.

Comprehensive Exam (3 Credit Hours)

The successful completion of the Capstone Portfolio serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam.

  • Credit Hours: 1-4 (3 credits for the program) (or equivalent) - Capstone (Integrated Portfolio of Competencies)

Internship (3 Credit Hours)

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