The U.S. Intelligence Community fights its greatest battles in the digital space. With new threats emerging hourly, there’s no time to waste. The Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies (MAISS) degree from Augusta University Online prepares you with the future-ready skills to lead cyber defense strategy.

During your time in the program, you’ll learn to create intelligence and security policies that address war, terrorism, propaganda and misinformation. You’ll gain the skills to enhance, bolster and critique current U.S. strategy based on academic research, leading to better outcomes that protect people and infrastructure. 

Whether you’re looking to start or advance your career in the DOD, NSA, U.S. Army Cyber Command, private intelligence organizations or research institutions, our program can help you get there. Plus, at just $230 per credit hour for in-state students, your degree could be fully funded by your military education stipend.

Next Application Deadline: July 15

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What You’ll Learn

The Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies prepares students to become industry leaders who tackle the intelligence and security challenges of our highly interconnected world. During your time in the program, you’ll learn about:

  • The causes and effects of interstate and intrastate conflict
  • Terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies
  • Capabilities and roles of the U.S. Intelligence Community
  • National, regional and global strategic security and cybersecurity threats
  • Social media analysis through open source intelligence 
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Technical Intelligence Analysis

This asynchronous concentration focuses on theoretical and technical aspects of intelligence and security studies analysis, including areas like social media analysis, counterintelligence, and open-source intelligence.

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Social Influence

The synchronous social influence concentration allows you to focus your learning on the ins-and-outs of persuasion in data collection and information warfare.

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If you want to tailor your degree to your unique interests without a concentration, this synchronous option allows you to take the electives that interest you as you complete your degree.

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Career Outlook for Intelligence and Security Studies Graduates

As national security threats continue to rise, so does the demand for professionals who can combat them. Our graduates go on to work in organizations such as the DOD, NSA, U.S. Army Cyber Command, and more. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a massive 32 percent growth in cybersecurity jobs between 2022 and 2032. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for critical roles, such as:


Median Annual Salary: $145,400

Computer and Information Research Scientist*

Median Annual Salary: $136,620

Computer Security Specialist*

Median Annual Salary: $112,500

Information Security Analyst*

Median Annual Salary: $112,000

Business Intelligence Analyst*

Median Annual Salary: $73,700


*Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 
**Salary data from Payscale

What Sets Our MA in Intelligence and Security Studies Program Apart

Recognized Excellence

Augusta University is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Unrivaled Faculty

Our professors have robust experience working for top intelligence and security organizations, offering an unmatched level of first-hand understanding.

Focused Career Growth

The MAISS degree is tailored to facilitate intelligence career growth, focusing on skills for high-level reporting, briefing and strategic analysis. And at just 30 credits, the program can be completed in as little as 10.5 months.

Military Connections

Thanks to its proximity to and relationships with military bases, our military-friendly program connects military peers, instructors and community partners for a world-class, rigorous learning experience.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the online MAISS program, the following items must be submitted along with your application:

  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended, showing that you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, with a GPA above 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Three formal letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the U.S.
    • Acceptance to Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified.
    • ALL applicants who are U.S. citizens must submit documentation that verifies their lawful presence in the U.S. at the time of application to

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About Augusta University Online

Augusta University Online brings the tight-knit community experience found on campus to students across the country. Small class sizes, engaged professors, strong relationships with a multitude of professional organizations and valuable input from subject matter experts across industries allow our graduate degrees to provide students with individualized attention and practical, real-world skills. One of the country’s top universities for improving economic outcomes for low- and moderate-income graduates, Augusta University Online gives students a truly transformative degree experience that allows them to make a profound impact on their lives.

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