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Strategic Intelligence

Online Doctor of Strategic Intelligence (DSI)

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2 Starts Per Year
0 GRE/GMAT Required
0 Book Costs
8 Week Courses

About This Program

The Doctor of Strategic Intelligence addresses intellectual, cultural, and organizational challenges in the emerging field of intelligence studies. You’ll study the activities and relationships between actors in the global community, along with domestic intelligence topics and issues of strategic concern to the U.S. The curriculum integrates practice, research, and multidisciplinary study (international security, psychology, strategic leadership) to enhance your understanding of the complex problems you face in your professional practice today.

As a student in this doctoral program, you will conduct ethically-sound, original, applied research that extends the body of knowledge in the field, and prepares you for leadership and service in the intelligence community. This program embraces a scholar-practitioner model of education, and courses are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many of whom hold key positions in government agencies or public safety organizations.

What You Will Do

  1. Analyze the academic and professional practice of strategic intelligence.
  2. Synthesize the major theories, approaches, and concepts relevant to strategic intelligence.
  3. Evaluate complex issues and challenges related to strategic intelligence and intelligence analysis.
  4. Design research studies using appropriate qualitative and quantitative approaches for strategic intelligence operations.
  5. Assess the impact of strategic intelligence on domestic and global problems.
  6. Operate according to the ethical and professional behavior guidelines in accordance with university best practices.
  7. Defend and communicate research relevant to strategic intelligence issues before a body of peers, policymakers, or press, in a professional conference setting.
  8. Analyze strategic leadership, business, and financial management practices.

Degree at a Glance

Number of Credits
Total Tuition
Program Length
3 years

Program Requirements Printable Catalog Version

Course Code Course Name Credits
DOCT897 Practicum 2
Total Semester Hours 3
Course Code Course Name Credits
DOCT894 Dissertation Proposal Defense 3
DOCT899 Dissertation 1
Total Semester Hours variable

Admission Requirements

Admission to our doctoral programs is selective. Students are selected based on evidence of outstanding intellectual ability, strong commitment to applied research and practice in the discipline, and demonstrated ability to successfully complete post-baccalaureate study. Interviews will be held with selected students prior to a final admission decision.

Important Dates

Our doctoral programs are offered two times a year in January and September.

January Cohort Start

Application Deadline
August 1

September Cohort Start

Application Deadline
April 1

All required admissions documents are due before the review can begin. We recommend you apply at least 3 months in advance of your intended cohort start date.

Tuition & Fees

Doctor of Strategic Intelligence Total Costs: $50,054 plus dissertation credits

  • Year One= $20,022 (3 terms x $6,674)
    Plus travel cost for residency held in Washington DC metro area.
  • Year Two= $20,022 (3 terms x $6,674)
    Plus all residency costs.
  • Year Three = $10,010 (2 terms x $5,005)
    Plus travel cost for residency held in Washington DC metro area.
  • Continuing registration during the dissertation phase is $863 per term.
  • Includes book grant for course materials.

Additional Fees:

  • Application: $100 (non refundable)
  • Graduation: $100
  • AMU Transcript: $5 to $20 depending on delivery method.

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 AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or

Required Documentation

Upon completion of the application and payment of the non-refundable $100.00 application fee, you will be assigned a student ID. This will allow you to complete your admissions package, which consists of the following required documentation:

  1. Prior Education
    Your master’s degree in a closely related discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Related disciplines include: Intelligence Studies; Military Studies; International/Global Studies; Homeland Security; Cybersecurity; National Security; Terrorism Studies; Public Administration/Public Policy. Other degrees and doctoral experience may be considered. Your official transcript verifying the award of your master’s degree must be sent from the issuing institution in sealed envelopes or by official electronic copy (such as National Student Clearinghouse transcript). No faxed or unsealed transcripts will be accepted.
  2. Professional Practice
    You must have 3-5 years work experience in the strategic intelligence field or closely related field.
  3. CV or Resume
    Must include work history, professional accomplishments, service to the profession, and any teaching and research experience.
  4. English Proficiency
    Applicants from a country whose native language is not English (regardless of current residence) must provide proof of English proficiency.
  5. Three References
    Choose three references from colleagues or professors with whom you have current or recent (within the past 3-5 years) professional associations, and ask them to complete the doctoral reference form. Your references will assess your professional accomplishments, leadership in the discipline, written and verbal communication skills, service activities, and personal strengths necessary for successful completion of a doctoral program.
  6. Admission Essay
    In 750-1200 words, explain why you are applying to this doctoral program. Please discuss your rationale for earning a doctorate in this field and include specific examples for how this degree will help you obtain your long-term academic and professional career goals. Provide examples of how current issues in this field inform your decisions, making sure to include current relevant literature and cite using Chicago/Turabian style.
  7. Photo ID
    Submit a legible color copy of your valid government-issued photo ID.

Program Format & Length

This program is offered in cohorts of 30 students or less, and is taught predominantly online. You may continue working in your field during your studies, but the curriculum workload is considered full time, and you will need to be excused from your professional work responsibilities while attending the required annual residences.

Plan to spend at least 25-30 hours per week on your studies. Completion of the program requires 8 terms plus your dissertation. Each 16-week term includes:

  • 8-week course (3 credits)
  • 8-week course (3 credits)
  • 16-week course (1 credit)

You will take all courses together with your cohort until year two when you choose your electives. Research will be conducted individually, but there will be opportunities for peer feedback and group discussion of research methods.

Quality Education Should Be Affordable

So you can focus on the opportunities ahead, without the financial burden of more expensive schools who are not as invested in your success. Learn more about paying for school.

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*Cost Per Credit Hour

To minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a university book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.
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