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Key Highlights of the Program

  • Offers integrated curriculum of intelligence, strategic cyber, and security studies
  • 8 week intensive courses
  • Distance education for most of the course work
  • Internationally respected content expert faculty

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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 80-90% online, and offers exciting hybrid opportunities including 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.

Meet The Program Director

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 Profile | Kim Toler


Kim Toler

"AU is one of the only schools in the world that offers a Master in Intelligence and Security Studies. Augusta is becoming a big place for cyber and there are a lot of government agencies in the area. In my opinion, AU is the best university to pursue further education if you want to get into any of those fields." - Kim Toler

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Augusta professor expects the war between Ukraine and Russia to intensify

"I think we will most likely see the rise in dirty war tactics and techniques, with more mercenaries, more artillery bombardment, and more foreign fighters joining on both sides, especially former NATO special operations forces moving into the Ukraine International Legion, and well-paid Syrians on the side of Russia."

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Pamplin student represents Augusta University at USG’s Academic Recognition Day

Jared Talman, who was the first student accepted into Augusta University’s accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies to Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies program, is the 2022 Academic Recognition Day Scholar for Augusta University.

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Graduation Week 2021: Intelligence and security studies grad finds future career path

Augusta University 2021 grad Joshua Rutland found his future in the Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies program.

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ROTC students reflect on summer internships and development opportunities

Augusta University cadets share their training and internship experiences.