Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies

Bachelor of Science in
Global Security & Intelligence Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Global Security & Intelligence Studies equips students to become future leaders in intelligence, security and law enforcement.

About the Bachelor of Science in Global Security & Intelligence Studies

With persistent global security threats and instability, there is an increasingly high demand for security and intelligence specialists to protect citizens, critical infrastructure and private assets. The Bachelor of Science in Global Security & Intelligence Studies (GSIS) prepares students for both the public and private sectors in many roles, including intelligence analysts, security and emergency managers, federal law enforcement agents, homeland security specialists, and state or local law enforcement officers.

All of the GSIS faculty have real-world experience, and students learn from former intelligence analysts, federal law enforcement agents, corporate security managers and international relations experts. Through hands-on, real-world projects, students acquire skills in writing intelligence briefs and learning about national and global security issues, including terrorism, asymmetric warfare, physical and cyber security, criminal investigations, crisis response, risk assessment, and security and emergency operations management.

Student Learning Outcomes

While focusing on security and intelligence studies, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Write intelligence briefs and analyze global security issues
  • Conduct threat, vulnerability and risk assessments
  • Develop investigation and interviewing techniques and tactics
  • Learn project management skills, earning a specialized professional certification
  • Design security systems incorporating barriers, alarms, access control and cameras

Global Security and Intelligence Studies Career Opportunities

Careers and Employers

Embry-Riddle graduates are prepared to enter the intelligence and security industries with a placement rate of 95.8% within a year of graduation. Students often find global security careers as executive security analysts, public sector analysts, intelligence operations specialists, security specialists, corporate investigators, physical security specialists and security managers.

Students earning an intelligence degree have successfully pursued careers with top employers, including the FBI, NSA, DIA, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Intel Corp, Amazon, Boeing and the U.S. Military.

Global Security and Intelligence Studies Salary Information

Students earning their intelligence degree from Embry-Riddle often receive competitive salaries, averaging $59,000 annually in the year post graduation, as of 2022.


About Global Security & Intelligence Studies at the Prescott, AZ Campus

Housed in the Department of Global Security & Intelligence Studies within the College of Business, Security and Intelligence, the program provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for successful careers in intelligence, security and law enforcement.

The GSIS Operations Center was designed by experienced faculty to provide training for real-world emergency response, mission readiness, and operational planning and to simulate the environment graduates will find in their careers.

Tracks/Specialties and/or Certificates

Students pursuing an intelligence degree must complete one of three different tracks:

  • Intelligence Track
  • Chinese and Asian Studies Track
  • Security Management Track

Global Security and Intelligence Studies Information

  • Credits: 120
  • Online or In-Person: In-Person

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