2022-2023 Catalog 
    
    Aug 10, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog

Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence


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The Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence offers students insight into United States security and intelligence organizations and structures and enables understanding of threats the U.S. is facing from various state and non-state actors. The certificate is designed for students interested in careers in federal- and state-level security and intelligence agencies, military operations and planning, think tanks, and private sector security. Students attending this program engage with recognized national experts and experienced practitioners in the field. The National Security Intelligence certificate provides tools for students to think critically about security threats to the United States and to analyze, interpret, and act upon information collected by the intelligence community.

Current Master of Public Administration (MPA)  and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)  students may count Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence coursework completed with a grade of B- or better toward their degree’s elective requirement, per program specific guidance.

Graduate certificate students may also become interested in enrolling in the MPA or MCJ program. Please see transfer credit information under the School of Public Affairs General Information section .

Graduate Certificate Admission

Graduate certificates may be earned independent of or concurrent with a degree program. All graduate certificates offered by the School of Public Affairs meet Department of Education regulations for certificate programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Prospective students who are applying to a certificate program only (i.e., are not currently in a graduate degree program) should have earned a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better and follow these steps:

  • Complete online Graduate School Application. Submit the required $60 application fee.
  • Submit official transcript showing an undergraduate degree was conferred to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to gradapp@uccs.edu.

Current degree-seeking students who intend to concurrently earn a graduate certificate should complete the Certificate Declaration form and submit it to spa@uccs.edu.

Upon completion of the required certificate coursework (and grades have been posted), degree-seeking students will complete the Certificate Completion Application in their student portal. Please see the SPA website for details.

Policies and Procedures

Refer to the School of Public Affairs General Information section  of this academic catalog for detailed eligibility criteria, policies, and procedures relevant to this program.

General Requirements

This certificate consists of five courses totaling 15 credit hours of graduate coursework. A grade of B- or better is required in each course counting toward the certificate. Certificate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA; students falling below a 3.0 GPA will be placed on probation and are subject to those requirements.

Required Courses


Courses may be taken in any order.

  • PAD 5955  / CJ 5955  - Intersection of U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security
  • PAD 5965  / CJ 5965  - Understanding International Relations
  • PAD 5970  / CJ 5970  - Introduction to Intelligence Practice and Research
  • PAD 5985  / CJ 5985  - Advanced Intelligence Collection and Analysis
  • PAD 5990  / CJ 5990  - Intergovernmental and Public-Private Sector Coordination

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