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Online MS in Intelligence Analysis

Advance your career in intelligence with a well-rounded education.

The Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis program teaches all the core competencies needed to succeed in public or private sector intelligence roles. Intelligence analysts are in high demand and have a promising career trajectory. The foundation provided by a degree from Johns Hopkins University will open doors to new opportunities in the vital field of intelligence analysis.

Our curriculum provides practical experience in analyzing intelligence using vital skills, such as analytical thinking, persuasive communication, and the ability to interpret diverse data sets for intelligence organizations.

Hone Your Intelligence Analysis Skills

This degree program positions you to stand out among the competition. You will be taught by leading theorists and practitioners in the intelligence community. The coursework prepares you for today’s changing landscape through theoretical study and practical application. This program provides fundamental skills, building a firm foundation that intelligence agencies need in their leaders.

After completing our program, you will be able to:

  • Discern, extract, and synthesize information from intelligence sources to address policy and security challenges.
  • Employ critical analysis in an environment of ambiguity.
  • Inform and persuade diverse audiences through written, spoken, and visual media.
  • Apply effective leadership and management skills to intelligence operations and organizations.
  • Create inclusive approaches to decision-making that illustrate an awareness of local, regional, and global contexts.


The MS in Intelligence Analysis program consists of 12 courses taught by intelligence experts and practitioners. The program is available online and can be completed in two years of consecutive study.

Core Courses

  • The Art and Practice of Intelligence
  • Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Intelligence Communications
  • Applied Critical Thinking and Analytic Techniques
  • Strategic Culture Analysis
  • Legal Issues in Intelligence
  • Intelligence Ethics
  • Leading Intelligence Organizations
  • Research Seminar
  • Capstone: Special Issues in Intelligence


Sample courses include:

  • Counterintelligence and National Security: 21st Century Challenges
  • Politics and Process of American Foreign Policy
  • Cyber Policy, Strategy, Conflict, and Deterrence
  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Privacy in a Data-Driven Society

If you are interested in learning more about Johns Hopkins AAP additional program offerings, please click here.

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