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The Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies (MAISS) prepares students and industry leaders to address the intelligence and security challenges in an interconnected world.

The coursework is focused on inter and intrastate conflict; terrorism and counter-terrorism; organization, capabilities and roles of the U.S. Intelligence Community; and national, regional, and global strategic security and cybersecurity threats. The program prepares students for careers in the areas of strategic security policy, intelligence analysis, and for advancement in military, law enforcement, and academia. 

The program seeks to expose military members, future decision makers and analysts, and students considering a PhD to the security challenges inherent in a rapidly changing world. Our program has a special emphasis on the causes and effects of interstate and intrastate conflict, the sources of terrorism, terrorism and counterterrorism strategies, and security issues that affect national, regional, and global security.

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Dr. Craig Albert- Program Director

Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall

1120 15th St, AH-N309
Augusta, GA 30912



Social influence is one of the most important forms of information operations (IO) and is routinely deployed within great power politics, both as a force multiplier, and as a great balancer between nation-states with discrepancies in their national power indices. In this program students will be able to expand their knowledge base on important aspects such as how information warfare and propaganda integrate with intelligence, how online deception and social influence work among many other objectives.  

Program of Study

Core Courses:

PADM 6351: Introduction to Homeland Security

SECR 6411: Introduction to Intelligence Studies

SECR 6600: Research and Analysis Methods for Intelligence and Security Studies

SECR 6906: Terrorism Studies

SECR 6911: Introduction to Security Studies

SECR 6916: The Causes and Prevention of War

Social Influence Concentration Courses:

SECR 6168: Cross-Cultural Security and Psychology

SECR 6413: Open Source Intelligence Collection

SECR 6920: Weaponizing Information: The History and Theory of Propaganda

SECR 6982: Information Warfare


SECR 6998: Thesis I or SECR 6997 Capstone 

SECR 6999: Thesis II or SECR 6997


SECR 6809: Ethnic Conflict

SECR 6919: Psychology of Terrorism


There are a variety of employment opportunities in the profession of Intelligence and Security Studies. Having a dedicated concentration in social influence will greatly amplify the job prospects of our graduating students in the areas: 


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