Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies

Thank you for your interest in the online Master's program in Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame College. Please fill out our FREE application!
 

The M.A. in National Security and Intelligence Studies is an online degree program that features three intensive weekend visits to campus for on-site, practical exercises.  This includes an Analytical Crisis exercise at the midpoint of the program. The Student Capstone taken at the end of the program is a real-world, strategic project from the government or private sector. Our outstanding faculty work for a variety of security agencies and help students apply their coursework throughout the program. 

Courses include:

SPS 500:  Leadership, Ethics and Decision-Making*
SPS 510:  Security Policy Research Methods
SPS 511:  Issues in Homeland Security
SPS 520:  Terrorism & Counterterrorism
SPS 530:  Critical Infrastructure: Threat Analysis and Resiliency
SPS 531:  Strategic Intelligence and Warning
SPS 540:  Geopolitics
SPS 550:  Analytical Crisis Exercise Program*
SPS 610:  Transnational Threats
SPS 620:  Biodefense and Disease Surveillance
SPS 630:  Science, Technology and Security
SPS 640: Capstone I
SPS 641: Capstone II*

 *Denotes courses that are on-site intensive weekends
(Thursday night to midday Sunday)

Not ready to pursue the full Master's degree?

Graduate Certificates are also available 100% online!
Each Certificate requires 4 courses!

Certificate in Biodefense, Science & Technology Security Analysis

SPS 510: Security Policy and Program Analysis
SPS 511: Issues in Homeland Security
SPS 620: Biodefense and Disease Surveillance
SPS 630: Science, Technology and Security

 
Certificate in Transnational Threat Analysis

SPS 510: Security Policy and Program Analysis
SPS 511: Issues in Homeland Security
SPS 520: Terrorism and Counterterrorism
SPS 610: Transnational Threats

Certificate in Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure Analysis

SPS 510: Security Policy and Program Analysis
SPS 511: Issues in Homeland Security
SPS 520: Terrorism and Counterterrorism
SPS 530: Critical Infrastructure: Threat Analysis and Resiliency

Certificate in Strategic Intelligence and Risk Assessment Analysis

SPS 510: Security Policy and Program Analysis
SPS 511: Issues in Homeland Security
SPS 531: Strategic Intelligence and Warning
Plus one course from this group: SPS 520, SPS 530, SPS 540, SPS 610, SPS 620, SPS 630

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To learn more about the federal financial aid available, please visit our Financial Aid page.
 

Information on Gainful Employment

The Notre Dame College Gainful Employment Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that you may be eligible for the following employment, tasks, and wage earnings:
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9199.07
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.06

 

Program Outcomes

Goal 1: Provide future public and private leaders with the necessary framework and practical skills to succeed in contemporary and future security environments.

  • Objective 1: Understand and apply the process of designing and implementing policy to protect the safety and freedom of the public.
  • Objective 2: Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the legal and ethical dimensions of personal and professional judgments to be applied in the private or public sector and in positions of leadership.
  • Objective 3: Compare, contrast and analyze different risk management methodologies for resource allocation based on threat, probability and magnitude.

Goal 2: Prepare students to develop strategies, plans and programs for man-made and natural incidents across the spectrum including: terrorism, mass-casualty events and
pandemic outbreaks:

  • Objective 1: Evaluate current homeland security policies, strategies, operational theories and issues from both domestic and international perspectives.
  • Objective 2: Describe and critically analyze policy issues related to cooperation among the international community, state governments, local jurisdictions and private industry in facilitating intelligence operations, infrastructure protections and resiliency, emergency preparedness, responses to terrorism and terrorist incidents and the development of homeland security.
  • Objective 3: Understand, explain and respond to the vast array of transnational man-made and naturally occurring threat vectors from areas other than the student’s specialty field (including, but not limited to: detection sensors, target hardening, crowd control, public health and event planning).

Goal 3: Prepare students to contribute to the development of the emerging discipline of homeland security through the application of domestic and international security policy
analysis, related theories and research into effective practice.

  • Objective 1: Demonstrate the critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to provide leadership and support to the public/private security community.
  • Objective 2: Critically analyze current security policies and practices and be able to apply decision-making tools and methodologies in order to foster and implement ideas to resolve or overcome difficult homeland security issues.
  • Objective 3: Contribute original research and scholarship in order to advance the development and growth of the academic discipline.