Intelligence Analysis

Graduate Certificate Program of Intelligence Analysis


The objective of the Certificate Program in Intelligence Analysis is to develop proficiency in a uniform set of core conceptual competencies and skills that all those involved in the support of major national security and intelligence agencies should possess, as well as additional tools important to particular forms of intelligence analysis.

Certificate Program in Intelligence Analysis

At no time in American history has sound intelligence analysis been a more important public policy concern.  Today, the collection, analysis, and dissemination of intelligence to support national security decision making is rightly at the forefront of government and supporting organizations' actions.

Current and future intelligence analysts will benefit from completing this certificate program. The certificate consists of four, three-credit courses (12 graduate academic credits) and is currently offered in a semester-long course format.  All course sessions incorporate a variety of teaching styles and students' learning in the classroom is reinforced through enrichment experiences such as brown-bag lunch seminars and site visits with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.


The Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis will consist of 4, three-credit courses (12 graduate academic credits in total).  To complete the certificate, students must complete the following courses:

  • Intelligence Policy and National Security
  • Critical Thinking for Analysts
  • Problems of Global Security
  • Students may additionally count the elective courses “Moral Foundations of Intelligence” and “Counter Intelligence and National Security” towards this certification.

In order to earn the certification, a student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must remain in good standing with the Graduate School at the University of Maryland.

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For more information regarding this exciting program, please contact Michael Goodhart at 301.405.9715 or

Course Descriptions

Intelligence Policy and National Security (Credits: 3): The course examines the principal roles of intelligence in national policy formulation, in the provision of strategic and tactical warning, in providing support for military operations, and in covert action.  Emphasis is placed on the problems inherent in conducting intelligence in a democracy and on the considerations associated with providing high quality intelligence analysis.

Critical Thinking for Analysts (Credits: 3):  This is a course in critical thinking and analytic methodologies. The ability to think critically, analyze effectively, and solve difficult problems are crucial skills in the intelligence arena. Additionally, rapid changes in technology, information sourcing, and information availability, coupled with fundamental changes in the Intelligence Community and its customers’ expectations have had a significant impact on the intelligence process and the way in which analysis is conducted and disseminated.

Problems of Global Security (Credits: 3):  This course examines the changing international security environment and the challenges it poses for US policymakers, the Intelligence Community and military commanders. The course is designed to encourage critical and creative thinking on problems of global security and the role of intelligence in addressing them. The course has three segments: 1) the theoretical and historical context of current global security issues; 2) specific global security problems; and 3) student presentations on policy options and prospects.

Counterintelligence and National Security: 21st Century Challenges: The course examines the role of counter intelligence (CI) in the overall intelligence process, as well as in the broader national security process. It will review the development and use of CI through the 20th century. Course will equally look at the role and meaning of CI in the information and security environments emerging in the 21st century.

Moral Foundations of Intelligence:This course explores ethical principles nourishing the legal norms and practices of the craft of intelligence. Students will learn about (a) the constitutional, international and legal frameworks of the craft of intelligence. (b) theunderlying ethical principles of those frameworks; and (c) the indispensable guiding role of human dignity and compassion in the craft of intelligence.


Course Schedule

Summer 2019

  • PLCY 798F – Moral Foundations of Intelligence, Tuesday evenings, 6PM-9PM, June 4, 2019-July 18, 2019. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Classroom C4.

Fall 2019

  • PLCY 699R - Critical Thinking for Analysts, Tuesday evenings, 6PM - 9PM, September 3, 2019-December 17, 2019. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Classroom C4. 

Spring 2020

  • PLCY 724 – Problems of Global Security, Tuesday evenings, 6PM-9PM, February 4, 2020-May 12, 2020. Location: TBD. 

Summer 2020

  • PLCY689N – Issues in Counterintelligence, Tuesday evenings, 6PM-9PM, June 2, 2020-August 11, 2019. Location: TBD.

Course Format

All Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis program courses are offered using a hybrid model.  Several meetings will be offered asynchronously – with students viewing lectures, books, webpages, videos,  and completing assignments independently.

How to Apply

To participate in this program, all students must apply and be accepted to the University of Maryland graduate school as Intelligence Analysis Graduate Certificate program students. To apply, please do the following:

  • Complete a University of Maryland Graduate School application ( and pay a $75 application fee.  For program code, please select Z021 – Intelligence Analysis.
  • Submit all official sealed collegiate transcripts. You may upload unofficial copies on the application and submit official copies upon acceptance
  • Upon completing your application, please contact the School of Public Policy Student Affairs office at 301.405.6331 or By alerting the School to your application, the Student Affairs office in the School can track your application through the admissions office and provide you with timely feedback on the status of your package.
  • The Graduate School requires each applicant to submit official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution AND meet one of the following admissions criteria:
  • have achieved a cumulative 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) average for work done at the undergraduate level; OR
  • have earned a master’s, doctoral, or a post-baccalaureate professional degree (M.D., J.D., D.V.M., etc.) from a regionally accredited institution; OR
  • have attained a score that places the applicant in the upper 50th percentile of an appropriate national standardized aptitude examination such as the GRE, GMAT, or Miller Analogies Test ;  OR
  • provide a letter of support from the Graduate Director of the degree program in which the applicant plans to take a course.

The deadline for Fall 2019 admission is August 15, 2019.

Graduate Degree Possibilities

Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis coursework can count towards graduate degree coursework at the University of Maryland College Park.  When changing programs within the University of Maryland College Park a student may request inclusion of credits earned at UMCP.  When moving from non-degree to degree-seeking status, however, students may not include more than 12 credits. In this program, a student must apply and be admitted into a degree program prior to taking their fifth program course.

The certificate coursework in this program can count directly towards the Executive Master of Public Management offered by the School of Public Policy.  Upon completing the certificate program, a student would have to take six additional EMPM courses, to earn their Master of Public Management degree.  More program information can be found at the following link:

For more details on these degree opportunities, please contact our Student Affairs office at 301.405. 6331 or


Tuition and Fees

Tuition for this program is $4,500 per course (or $18,000 for the program). All required texts and program materials are included in this price.  Students are billed each semester based upon how many courses that they are registered for.  For those being sponsored by their employers, please contact the program at 301.405.9715 or goodhart@umd.eduto be connected with our 3rd Party billing office to ensure that appropriate billing information is in our system for you.  A limited number of partial fellowships are also available.  Please contact the program for more information.