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  • Fully online starting August 2023 
  • Full-time worker friendly
  • Social influence concentration
  • Post-bac certificates in social influence and intelligence studies
  • Research and publication opportunities available for students in the program


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Craig Albert, PhD
Program Director



The Master of Arts in Intelligence & Security Studies (MAISS) is designed to teach students both the theoretical as well as the practical content of intelligence, cybersecurity (to include cyberwar and cyberterrorism), traditional notions of national and international security (including the causes and prevention of war), terrorism and counterterrorism, ethnic conflict and political violence, and national defense and grand strategy.

The MAISS program  is 100% online, offering Zoom classes; Microsoft Teams office hours, and computer simulations designed to test how a student would perform in a war-based scenario.

Most courses are offered in 8 week semesters. The program is intended to serve as the Master level education for students interested in pursuing a PhD in a related field, and for professional analysts, military and defense department personnel, and those interested in homeland security.


Jie Chen, PhD  Program Director

"Our program is one of a kind because it is student-centered with the three central themes of the program: intelligence; strategic cybersecurity; and security studies. When you are admitted into MAISS, you are admitted into my extended family and I work to make sure your academic plan will help you reach your future goals!"
 Craig Albert, PhD

Student Profiles

Jaiden Pax

"This program encourages you to see the world without its filters and trains you to look at its problems directly and unflinchingly."

 Jaiden Mallika Le Pax >>




Monty Philpot Brock

"There is no other program exactly like this in the country. National and global politics, as well as United States national security, have always been of great interest to me, so this program was a natural fit."

 Monty Philpot Brock >>


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