Global security continues to be an important, critical issue to governments, companies and the public. There is a growing need for knowledgeable security and intelligence professionals. With a track record of excellence established in the undergraduate GSIS program and a highly respected reputation as a technical university, Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus provides an unmatched Master of Science in Security and Intelligence degree. In the program, students will gain expertise in the field while perfecting their research and analytical methodology skills. Upon graduating, this degree can help graduates excel in intelligence analysis, operations, military-political studies, law enforcement, corporate security, or cyber intelligence security.
The program’s courses combine science and technology with advanced intelligence and security topics.
Students benefit from expert faculty members who have academic qualifications coupled with extensive professional experience in security, intelligence, law enforcement, policy, and cyber intelligence.
Learn through small classes where students are given personal attention and many opportunities for hands-on learning and research.
The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies (MSSIS) degree program provides the knowledge and skills professionals need to excel in intelligence analysis, operations, military-political studies, law enforcement, corporate security and cyber-intelligence and security. The program combines science and high technology with advanced intelligence and security courses.
The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies is housed in the College of Security and Intelligence.
Students receive advanced instruction in the research skills and analytical methods required by the security and intelligence fields. They also learn how to communicate their findings clearly.
The degree program provides graduate students and security and intelligence professionals with an opportunity to explore both theoretical and practical knowledge across the disciplines that compose the field that security and intelligence studies has become.
The MSSIS degree will enhance the career prospects both for entry-level professionals and mid-level leaders, managers, operators and analysts.
For many professionals currently working in the security and intelligence communities, the Master’s degree will be seen as one qualification for promotion in the middle and even upper levels of management or military command.
The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies (MSSIS) degree program is offered by the College of Security and Intelligence. It is designed to produce competitive graduates for professional service in the intelligence, aviation, military, homeland defense, and corporate security communities. The MSSIS degree will enhance the career prospects both for entry-level professionals and mid-level leaders, managers, operators and analysts. For many security and intelligence professionals currently working in these communities, the Master’s degree will be seen as one qualification for promotion in the middle and even upper levels of management or military command.
The degree program provides graduate students and security and intelligence professionals with an opportunity to explore both theoretical and practical knowledge across the disciplines that compose the field that security and intelligence studies has become. These include strategic concepts; the integration of science and technology in the security and intelligence realms; the principles, processes, and presentation of products; the importance of cultural understanding in key regions of the world; the evolution, nature, and roles of states and non-state actors; and the forms of international conflict and cooperation that constitute the playing field of the intelligence and policy communities. The elective course offerings in the MSSIS provide the student with the opportunity to specialize to a degree in one of the areas of security and intelligence studies. In this way, the program enables the student to structure his or her own elective program within the schedule of courses offered each semester.
The MSSIS is a 36 credit hour program, composed of a General Core (18 credit hours), and Electives (18 credit hours). Normally, elective course work will be selected from the list of courses below, although occasional experimental courses may also be considered. Not all elective courses are offered every year. Check with an adviser for a schedule of current course offerings. Summer registration is not required, but is encouraged. A course for which the student receives a grade of less than a B cannot be counted as having met a requirement for the MSSIS degree.
The MSSIS program will consider applicants with an undergraduate background in college-level history, political science, international relations, geography, foreign language, psychology, computer science and applications, and any of the physical and natural sciences. The prerequisite knowledge for any graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in the course is permitted.
|SIS 502||Fundamentals of Security and Intelligence (*)||3|
|SIS 505||Homeland Security and Intelligence Integration||3|
|SIS 510||Strategic Intelligence: Diplomacy, Covert Operations, and War||3|
|SIS 515||Legal and Ethical Issues in National Security and Intelligence||3|
|SIS 535||Advanced Analytical and Research Methodologies||3|
|Complete one of the following 6 credit options:||6|
|Experimental Research Project|
|Graduate Reading and Review|
Students who have earned an undergraduate degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies may replace this course with an elective. See your advisor for additonal information.
|Select 15 credits of electives from the list below:|
|SIS 525||Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Technology Systems||3|
|SIS 530||Intelligence and the Spectrum of Social Conflict||3|
|SIS 550||International Security Operations and Management||3|
|SIS 560||Intelligence in Military Operations: Conventional and Asymmetrical||3|
|SIS 565||Advanced Counterintelligence: Denial and Deception||3|
|SIS 585||Special Investigations and Advanced Forensic Techniques||3|
|SIS 600||Science, Space, Technology, and Intelligence||3|
|SIS 625||Global Transportation and Supply Chain Security||3|
|SIS 650||Area Studies||3|
|SIS 655||The Security Implications of Climate Change||3|
|SIS 657||Cyber Warfare: Threats and Counter-Operations||3|
|SIS 670||Mastering and Managing Security Operations||3|
|SIS 680||Mastering and Managing Intelligence Operations||3|
|SIS 696||Graduate Internship in Security and Intelligence Studies||1-3|
|SIS 699||Special Topics in Security and Intelligence||3-6|
Graduate assistantships are academic appointments that are reserved for qualified graduate students. Graduate assistants may be involved in research activities under the direction of a faculty member or may assist with administrative duties. In the case of research, a graduate assistant should be paired with a faculty member such that the graduate student is involved in research that will enhance his or her own topical interests and progress toward the Experimental Research Project or Master’s Thesis.
To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, a student must have been accepted to full graduate status in the MSSIS Program. Current students submit an application form, resume, and a 500-word essay directly to the College of Security and Intelligence Office. Newly admitted students submit their application materials via the Graduate Admissions Office. After the first semester of working as a graduate assistant, in order to retain the assistantship, the student must have maintained a CGPA of 3.50 out of a possible 4.00 or above. Please note that any student who is eligible to receive VA benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program is not eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship.
Graduate assistantships carry a stipend set by the University and recipients are expected to devote up to 20 hours each week. Students are permitted to accept other University employment; however, University policies limit all students to a total of 25 hours of work per week, including the graduate assistantship. All graduate research and administrative assistantships require that the recipient be registered for at least six graduate credits at Embry-Riddle for any semester of their appointment.
The MSSIS Program requires the completion of an Experimental Research Project, a Master’s Thesis, or a Comprehensive Examination each of which carries six-hours of course credit. Those students planning to do a Research Project should register for SIS 690, those planning to complete the Master’s Thesis should register for SIS 700 and those planning to take the Comprehensive Examination should register for SIS 698 Graduate Reading and Review.
The Comprehensive Exam is designed to intensively test the student’s acquisition of the knowledge and skills provided by the MS SIS curriculum and is tailored for each student.
Comprehensive Examination procedure:
The Instructor for each of the courses taken by the student will contribute questions to the student’s Comprehensive Examination. The examination will be in two parts: Part I and Part II. The time allotted for the completion of the examination will be in two three hour segments, with an hour break for lunch. The student will be given Part I in the first segment and Part II in the second segment. If a student fails a portion of his/her exam, they will be issued an incomplete (I) grade must retake the entire exam again; students will not be allowed to retake exams during the same semester as the initial attempt. Students retaking the exam must wait until the following semester to do so. If his/her second effort proves unsuccessful, they will be issued an F and fail out of the program.
The Experimental Research Project provides the student with an opportunity to conduct security and intelligence-related research in an area of the physical or behavioral sciences. The Master’s Thesis is a more traditional approach and normally requires library or archival or survey research. The general requirements for both SIS 690 and SIS 700 are the same in three areas. First, the project or thesis must present an original approach to its topic, whether in the collection or analysis of data, and in its conclusions. Second, the graduate student will be required to present and defend his or her thesis in a public presentation open to faculty, students and the interested public. Third, the work should be suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.
Steps in the Completion of the Research Requirement
Deadlines for Research Project and Thesis Preparation
Each semester the College establishes and posts the deadlines for committee organization, proposal submission, completion the first three chapters of the Research Project or Thesis, the defense confirmation, delivery of the penultimate document to the committee, final defense, and delivery of the bound copies.
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Glen A. Doherty Center brings opportunities in Security and Intelligence StudiesThe Eagles Operations Center, housed in the Glen A. Doherty Center for Security and Intelligence, building B17 , is a “situation room” setup where students come to run simulated conflict scenarios.