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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.

Learn more about this graduate program for aspiring global leaders in FP GUIDE's article INNOVATIVE PROGRAM LEADS THE WAY IN INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY STUDIES.


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


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Augusta University Online adds MPA, MAISS beginning fall 2024

“We have always been intentional with what programs we add to our portfolio, and MAISS and the MPA program were the next two logical choices for us,” said Marc Austin, PhD.

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Year three: What fate awaits the fighting in Ukraine?

Craig Albert, PhD, said it appears victory does not seem likely for either side, and he expects it to form into a “frozen conflict.”

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Augusta University and U.S. Cyber Center of Excellence come together for an Informational Warfare conference

Professors from Augusta University's Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies program and the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence recently came together for a one-day conference.

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What led up to the Hamas attack on Israel and what role did the U.S. play?

The conflict between Israel and Palestine dates back many years, but the recent escalation can be attributed to issues centering around Palestinian rights and access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has had some restrictions recently because of violence between the two sides.