Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence


Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence

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The Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence offers students insight into U.S. 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 those interested in careers in federal- and state-level security and intelligence agencies, military operations and planning, think tanks, and private sector security. Students in this program will engage with recognized national experts and practitioners in the field. This certificate will provide tools for students to think critically about security threats to the U.S. and to analyze, interpret, and act upon information collected by the intelligence community.

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Admission to this certificate program requires a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.

Required Courses

The certificate consists of five required 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 3.00 GPA once admitted to the certificate program. Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently. It is possible that pursuing a certificate fully online or fully on campus could take up to two years, depending on course availability. Find more about upcoming course schedules. Please see the UCCS Academic Catalog for course descriptions and more detailed program requirements.

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

Application Process

Current UCCS students wishing to pursue a graduate certificate in National Security Intelligence must submit a Certificate Declaration to Students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Criminal Justice programs may count graduate certificate coursework completed with a grade of B- or better toward their degree’s elective requirement, allowing certificate completion along with the MPA or MCJ program. Consult with SPA’s graduate student services specialist or relevant program director to verify courses fit into your degree plan.

New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate only must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the $60 application fee. An official transcript showing the undergraduate degree conferred should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to

Graduate certificate students may also become interested in enrolling in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program. Up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level School of Public Affairs coursework completed with a grade of B or better as an unclassified (non-degree) student may be applied to the MPA or MCJ upon admission, subject to degree plan requirements and program director approval.

Program Cost

The cost of completing this graduate certificate may be estimated using the UCCS Estimate your Bill tool. Students are eligible to apply for financial aid.


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