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National Security and Intelligence, M.A. Impact

National Security and Intelligence, M.A.

100% Online Graduate Program

National security and intelligence leaders face a complex range of challenges that includes armed conflict, terrorism, organized crime, economic crises, environmental disasters, pandemics, cyber-attacks, and other evolving threats. Experts in this growing field will face a diverse range of challenges as they prepare for rewarding, high-impact careers in both the government and private sectors.

The Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence (MA NSI) provides a strong foundation in the missions, structure, and tradecraft of the national security and intelligence community, and an intense focus on both current and emerging global security issues.  This program will enable you to develop and apply rigorous analytical techniques to complex national security issues, and key skills for the leadership and ethical expectations you will face throughout your career.


$418 per credit hour

Total Tuition


Program Durations

Finish in as little as 1 calendar year

Credit hours

30 credit hours 

The MA in NSI was designed and is taught by national security and intelligence experts who have decades of extensive real-world experience with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, Defense Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Council, and other international security and intelligence organizations.

Career Opportunities

From now through 2026, it is estimated that the national security and intelligence sector will require nearly 100,000 new employees. Most of these positions will require graduate-level experience in a directly applicable field.

The program is designed to give students a competitive advantage in pursuing careers national security and intelligence fields. The MA in NSI program provides graduates the skills and experience to secure rewarding, in-demand careers in national security and intelligence career occupations. Graduates will be qualified to seek employment in organizations, institutions such as:

  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of State
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • State- and local-level law enforcement
  • National Guard
  • Think tanks and non-profit organizations

Additionally, graduates of the MA NSI program can explore careers with private sector business, as well as contracting and/or consulting firms specializing in support to the national security and intelligence communities.

Contact Information

Dr. Jeri Kirby

Graduate Director for the College of Liberal Arts