Master of Arts in Intelligence & Security Studies


Masters of Arts in
Intelligence & Security Studies

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

About the Program

The Masters 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 webX classes; skype 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 analyst, military and defense department personnel, and those interested in homeland security.

Applicant Profile

The ideal applicant has one of two major profiles. The first is a recent baccalaureate graduate who is seeking to immediately continue one’s studies by earning a competitive, rigorous, innovative graduate degree to either serve as a stepping stone to a PhD program, or, to have higher credentials to enter the work force.

The second competitive applicant profile is one of a career professional, a few years removed from an undergraduate degree, but who is highly ambitious and looking for promotion in their current careers. This degree offers those students higher levels of analytical and creative reasoning and writing capabilities. The ideal candidates for this profile are members of the military, government or private contract analysts, and mid-level management.


Meet the Program Director

Dr. Albert Craig

"Our program is one of a kind because it 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 your reach your future goals!"  - Craig Albert, PhD

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