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Intelligence and Security Studies

With a master’s in Intelligence and Security Studies, you’ll be prepared for a career addressing security challenges in areas like intelligence analysis and strategic security policy.

Graduates can use the degree for advancement in the military, law enforcement and academia.

By choosing to earn your master’s in Intelligence and Security Studies at Augusta University’s Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, you’ll be joining a fully-online program that exposes students to both theoretical and practical content in intelligence, strategic cybersecurity and security studies.

Intelligence and Security Studies is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Innovative and Cutting-edge


A Calling

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What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Master of Arts with a major in Intelligence and Security Studies program will complete 36 credit hours, including a capstone or thesis.

The program is 100% online and designed to be completed in two years.

Course List | Admissions Requirements | Tuition and Fees

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

The Georgia Cyber Information Warfare Internship program is a collaboration between the Georgia Cyber Center and the Intelligence and Security Studies program that provides opportunities for qualifying students to collaborate on research for the U.S. military, the Department of Defense and state law enforcement.

The nearby Georgia Cyber Center includes incubator/accelerator space for entrepreneurial cyber security companies, research labs, a 340-seat auditorium for public and private events and one of the nation’s few state-owned cyber ranges.

The city of Augusta is home to several high-profile cyber organizations, providing excellent networking and professional development opportunities.


Fully Online

The program’s online nature allows working professionals to advance their career goals while remaining employed.


Focused Education

Built around three central themes — intelligence, strategic cybersecurity and security studies — students build a solid foundation of knowledge and experience applicable to a wide variety of environments.


Publication Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to enhance their resumes by publishing scholarly articles and research.


Military Friendly

A partnership with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence allows service members to complete their degrees online.

Your Future

Career Options

The Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies prepares students for careers within military intelligence, industry security and academia. Potential careers include intelligence analyst, security specialist, personnel security specialist, cyber intelligence analyst and cryptologic language analyst.


Student Stories

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Launched in 2018, the program’s enrollment has grown by more than 450 percent, with a quarter of the students having Department of Defense affiliations. Since the program is 100% online, you can pursue the degree whether you’re in the military or working full-time.

The capstone project connects you with experienced mentors that advance your understanding of strategic concepts and challenges.

Augusta University’s relationships with the Georgia Cyber Center, the U.S. Army Cyber Center for Excellence and other military and civilian enterprises built around intelligence and security provide excellent networking opportunities that can have a positive impact on your career choices.

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Creativity, Discovery, Engagement

The Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences forms the heart of the liberal arts mission of Augusta University. We foster critical thinking about complex questions of the human experience; cultivate skills in written, verbal, and creative expression; promote active citizenship and community engagement; and prepare graduates for diverse careers in quickly changing globalized environments.