The Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security Studies (INSS) provide a highly-rigorous interdisciplinary graduate program intended for students seeking employment or career advancement in the United States Intelligence Community (IC). The INSS graduate program is also suitable for students interested in security-related jobs in the private sector such as applied research institutions (think tanks). The INSS graduate program is also ideal preparation for advanced graduate study at the doctoral level in international relations, political science, public administration, public policy, history, or other closely related fields. The INSS graduate curriculum focuses on specific intelligence and security competencies that are delivered across the spectrum of academic disciplines at The University of Texas at El Paso.
- Completion and submission of a graduate admissions application.
- Submission of official transcripts in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School. Applicants must have earned a B in at least one undergraduate or graduate statistics course, which must be reflected on the official transcript. Applicants who have not earned a B in a statistics course may be admitted with the condition that they complete and earn a B in an undergraduate statistics course within the first nine hours of enrollment in the MS program. This course will not count towards the MS degree requirement. Acceptable undergraduate statistics courses include INSS 2304 Statistics for Security Stud., PSYC 1303 Statistical Methods, and STAT 1380 Statistical Literacy.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This requirement is waived if the student already possesses an accredited graduate degree.
- A brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that addresses educational and career goals and reasons for pursuing the MS degree.
- Three academic letters of recommendation from instructors who can evaluate the ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required for students who have been out of school for two or more years. Letters of recommendation from employers or work supervisors are acceptable for applicants who have been out of school for five years or more.
Note: Admission packages are evaluated utilizing all of the requirements listed above.
Free Elective Requirement for the MS Degree
Students may also take appropriate graduate courses with the graduate advisor's approval from any university department or program (e.g., anthropology, business administration, history, linguistics, political science, women’s studies, etc.) and apply these courses toward the free elective requirement. Students may also develop, in consultation with their graduate advisor, (9) hours toward a concentration within a single academic discipline such as economics, public administration, or geographic information systems or develop a multidisciplinary concentration such as homeland security, international security, or area/regional studies. These are just a few examples of possible student concentrations. Up to six (6) hours of approved cultural studies coursework (travel/study abroad) may be applied to the free elective requirement. Likewise, students can apply up to six (6) hours of an approved security studies internship toward the degree.
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in order to earn the MS degree. MS students must also earn a grade of B or better in all required courses and in the thesis or capstone course(s) to be eligible for graduation. Students must earn at least a "C" in all courses and at least a "B" in all required courses. Students will be given only one opportunity to retake a failed course that earned a "D" grade or lower (or a "C" grade or lower in a Required Course). Students with a semester GPA below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students will have nine credit hours to return to "good" academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Those students failing to return to good academic standing after nine credit hours may be dismissed from the Graduate School ad the MS degree program.
Required Credits: 39
|INSS 5300||Resrch Methods Intellig & CJ||3|
|INSS 5304||Intel & Natl Sec Pol & Proc||3|
|INSS 5305||Intro to Intelligence Analysis||3|
|INSS 5306||Contemporary Security Studies||3|
|INSS 5361||Statistics in Intellig & CJ||3|
|Select six courses from the following:||18|
|Histl Devlpmt of Intel Commty|
|Legal Issues/Intel & Nat Sec|
|Open Source Intel Analysis|
|Propaganda and Influence Ops|
|Intel & Counterterrorism|
|Intelligence and Information|
|Social Media Intelligence|
|Intel & Counterproliferation|
|Counterintel & Security|
|Invest Interview & Interrogat|
|Political Economy of Terrorism|
|Decision Making Intel & CJ|
|Transnational Criminal Orgs|
|Pro-Seminar Homeland Security|
|Crime & Border Security|
|Security Studies Internship|
|Selected Problems in Intel|
|Sem-Foreign Policy Dec Making|
|Sem in International Security|
|Seminar in Conflict Analysis|
|Select one of the options||6|
& INSS 5399
Non Thesis Option
|Select one additional free elective from the list above||3|