Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 45
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No


The Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis is designed for students seeking careers in the intelligence field, as well as professionals whose agencies or clientele are charged with the acquisition and interpretation of intelligence.

The program features courses in fundamental intelligence disciplines, such as analysis and epistemology, intelligence collection, and others, and prepares the next generation of intelligence analysts for leadership roles in the public and private sectors.

Developing the six core skills needed for an intelligence career

According to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the six core skills every analyst in the intelligence community is expected to be proficient in are: 

  • Engagement and collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Personal leadership and integrity
  • Accountability for results
  • Technical expertise
  • Communication

The Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis Program helps students gain these crucial skills by examining: 

  • Psychological theories relevant to critical thinking and analytical techniques
  • Knowledge of the major theories and research findings in intelligence analysis
  • Analytical literature through independent reading
  • The application of analytical techniques and theories to problem sets

What makes this program unique?

Northeastern faculty experts, who have contributed to local, state, and national intelligence and analytics efforts, and have advised high-level decision makers in Boston and other major cities, the military, port authorities, the White House, and various federal intelligence agencies.

An affiliation with Northeastern’s Kostas Research Institute, which offers research opportunities, guest speakers, in addition to the credibility, contacts and resources associated with its work with the Department of Homeland Security.

Courses and Concentrations that help launch or advance careers by providing skills for analysis roles in either the public or private sector. 

Collaboration with the U.S. Air Force


Required Courses (20 q.h.)

SIA 6000 Psychology of Intelligence Analysis 4 q.h.
SIA 6010 Intelligence Operations Management 4 q.h.
SIA 6020 Globalization and Intelligence Issues 4 q.h.
SIA 6030 Intelligence Analysis and Policy Relationship 4 q.h.
CJS 6125 Issues in National Security 4 q.h.

Elective Courses (7-9 q.h.)

SIA 6080 Culture and Psychology 4 q.h.
SIA 6110 Law and Psychology 4 q.h.
SIA 6090 Intelligence Collection 4 q.h.
HLS 6983 Topics in Homeland Security 4 q.h.
GST 6300 Global Issues: Security and Terrorism 4 q.h.
CJS 6010 Advance Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment  3 q.h.
ITC 6300  Foundations of Information Security  3 q.h.
CJS 6430  Risk Management  3 q.h.
SIA 6100 Leadership for Intelligence Professionals  4 q.h.
CJS 6964  Co-op 0 q.h.
SIA 7990  Independent Study/Thesis 4 q.h.


Concentrations (16-18 q.h.)

Complete the requirements for one of the following concentrations:

Intelligence Community Operations and Analysis Concentration (16 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

SIA 6040 Interagency Collaboration 4 q.h.
SIA 6050 All Source Intelligence 4 q.h.
SIA 6060 Human Intelligence Operations 4 q.h.
SIA 6070 Analysis for Counterterrorism 4 q.h.

Analysis for Homeland Security Concentration (16 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

HLS 6030 Intelligence for Homeland Security 3 q.h.
HLS 6020 Technology for Homeland Security 3 q.h.
HLS 6010 Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security 3 q.h.
HLS 6050 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security 3 q.h.
GST 6300 Global Issues: Security & Terrorism 4 q.h.

Remote Sensing Concentration (18 q.h.)

Complete the following two courses: 

RMS 5105 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing 3 q.h.
RMS 6110 Digital Image Processing 3 q.h.

Complete four of the following elective courses: 

RMS 6210 Technology, Operations, and Requirements for Drones, Helicopters, and Airplanes  3 q.h.
RMS 6220 Geographic Information Systems for Remote Sensing Applications  3 q.h.
RMS 6230 Remote Sensing and Global Change  3 q.h. 
RMS 6240  Introduction to Radar and LiDAR Remote Sensing  3 q.h. 
RMS 6250  Remove Sensing of Vegetation  3 q.h. 
RMS 6260  Remote Sensing for Archeology  3 q.h. 
RMS 6270  Remote Sensing for Disaster Management  3 q.h. 
RMS 6280 Automated and Assisted Feature in Extraction Techniques  3 q.h. 
RMS 6290 Spectroscopic Image Analysis  3 q.h. 
RMS 6292  Photogrammetry and GPS  3 q.h. 
GIS 6394  Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action  3 q.h. 


Required minimum credit hours: 45 q.h.

Tuition rates, all fees, rules and regulations, courses, and course content are subject to revision by the president and the Board of Trustees at any time.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,195.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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