Intelligence Studies

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Intelligence Studies provides you with an improved understanding of intelligence development, collection, analysis, structure, and functions, as well as security threats, countermeasures, and counterintelligence. This certificate program is useful in fields where a thorough knowledge of the intelligence and counterintelligence discipline is required. This online certificate is designed for graduate students who wish to add to their knowledge of intelligence without committing to a degree program. 

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online graduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Intelligence collection, analysis, profiling, and operations
  • Strategic intelligence, threat analysis, and counterintelligence
  • Open source, cyber, and advanced geospatial intelligence
  • Transnational crime and narcotics
  • Research, analysis, and communication skills

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Assess the evolution, structures, functions, capabilities, and activities of the national intelligence community.
  • Evaluate the fundamental capabilities and limitations of intelligence collection.
  • Analyze the foundation and application of psychological concepts to the study of intelligence analyses.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of selected research methods and tools.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.