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Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies

  • OVERVIEW
  • ADVANTAGES
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • CAREERS
  • FACULTY

Overview

The Masters provides students and career professionals with the knowledge and skills to excel in the areas of intelligence analysis, operations, regional military-political studies, criminal justice and law enforcement, corporate security, and cyber-intelligence and security. The degree provides advanced instruction in the all-source research skills and analytical methodologies required by the top professionals in the range of security and intelligence fields, and the ability to communicate critical judgments both orally and in writing. While the program supports the national security need for enhanced human intelligence capabilities, Embry-Riddle’s high standing as a technical university enables the MS program to develop courses that combine science and high technology with advanced intelligence and security courses. Elective courses enable the student to build the kind of concentration they want, whether in intelligence, security, law enforcement, cyber-intelligence, UAVs, space conflict, or in regional military-political studies in areas where faculty have particular expertise. The MS SIS Program adopts a modular approach where the listed courses can open an envelope of additional related, but more specialized studies.

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Advantages

  • Integrates security/intelligence disciplines with those of science and technology offering access to existing labs and resources including the Eagle Operations Center, the Cyber Security laboratory and the Forensic Science laboratory.
  • Expert faculty with both academic qualifications and extensive professional experience in security, intelligence, law enforcement, or areas such as cyber intelligence
  • Small classes, personal attention, and a strong commitment to student achievement
  • A track record of excellence established in the undergraduate GSIS program
  • Development of internship opportunities with government or companies in areas of interest which often develop into employment opportunities

Requirements

Security and Intelligence Core

MIS 505

Homeland Security and Intelligence Integration

3

MIS 510

Strategic Intelligence: Diplomacy, Covert Operations and War

3

MIS 515

Legal and Ethical Issues in National Security and Intelligence

3

MIS 690

Thesis or Special Project

6

Total Hours

15

Security and Intelligence Colloquia

MIS 500

Summer/Fall Colloquium

1

MIS 520

Winter Colloquium

1

MIS 685

Spring Colloquium

1

Total Hours

3

Electives (Select six)

MIS 525

Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Technological Systems

3

MIS 530

Intelligence and the Spectrum of Social Conflict

3

MIS 535

Advanced analytical and Research methodologies

3

MIS 550

International Security Operations and Management

3

MIS565

Advanced Counterintelligence:  Denial and Deception

3

MIS 600

Science, Space, Technology and Intelligence

3

MIS 625

Global Transportation and Supply chain Security

3

MIS 655

The Security Implications of Climate change

3

MIS 657

Cyber Warfare: Threats and Counter-Operations

3

MIS 670

Security Operations Management

3

MIS 690

Intelligence Operations Management

3

Total Hours – Required Electives

18

Careers

Through the current undergraduate degree in Global Security and Intelligence, we have placed graduates in positions with employers that include the CIA, FBI, NSA, NGA, NRO, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, BAE, BSI, Department of State Diplomatic Security, Customs and Border Patrol, military intelligence and security, state and local police departments, the United Nations, and the World Bank.  Graduates will be well considered for a broad range of possible employment including managerial and supervisory positions, represented by, but not limited to, the following:

  • Criminal Investigator
  • Cyber Intelligence Threat Specialist
  • Security Specialist (Operations and Physical)
  • Intelligence Operations Specialist
  • Counterintelligence Specialist
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Transportation Supply Chain Security Specialist
  • Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Officers
  • Government and Corporate Security Managers

Faculty

Deanna Austin Deanna Austin

Assistant Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Austin has many years of experience encompassing strategic intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, HUMINT, and CI/CT analysis.

Robert Baker Robert W. Baker

Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Baker served four decades in law enforcement, corporate security and government security positions and is a expert in aviation security.

Richard Bloom Dr. Richard Bloom

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Bloom’s professional experience includes service with the U.S. government as an intelligence operations manager, politic-military planner, and military clinical psychologist.

Thomas Field Dr. Thomas Field

Assistant Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Dr. Field received his Ph.D. in international history in 2011 from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His main research interests are development and modernization in post-colonial international politics, the Cold War in the Third World, and U.S.-Latin American relations.

Thomas Foley Thomas E. Foley D.Jur., CPP, PSP

Associate Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Mr. Tom Foley teaches courses such as Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Corporate Security Management and Operations.

Jon Haass Dr. Jon Haass

Associate Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Haass has had a distinguished career in academia and industry for the past twenty years. He has published in a number of areas of applied mathematics including large scale computation of complex dynamical systems and topological structure of data.

Murray Henner Murray Henner JD, LLM

Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Global Studies at ERAU since 2002; Adjunct Professor ASU School of Law, Phoenix School of Law, Hofstra University, School of Law

Geoffrey Jensen Dr. Geoffrey Jensen

Assistant Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Geoffrey W. Jensen received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas (2010).  His dissertation, “It Cut Both Ways: The Cold War and Civil Rights Reform Within The Military, 1945-1968” details the impact that Cold War propaganda had on the integration of the American Armed Forces.

Philip Jones Dr. Philip Jones

Dean

College of Security & Intelligence

Dr. Jones is a former CIA intelligence analyst and an international security expert with extensive field experience in political and security risk studies and management for corporate clients.

Karen Meunier Karen Meunier

Assistant Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Meunier received her degree from Boston University. In addition to her teaching experience, Meunier has extensive experience in the law enforcement field covering street crimes and white collar crimes – government corruption investigations, security and oversight.