The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies degree program provides the knowledge and skills professionals need to excel in intelligence analysis, operations, military-political studies, law enforcement, corporate security and cyber-intelligence and security. The program combines science and high technology with advanced intelligence and security courses. Students receive advanced instruction in the research skills and analytical methods required by the security and intelligence fields along with the ability to communicate their findings clearly.
The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies is housed in the College of Security and Intelligence.
|SIS 505||Homeland Security and Intelligence Integration||3|
|SIS 510||Strategic Intelligence: Diplomacy, Covert Operations, and War||3|
|SIS 515||Legal and Ethical Issues in National Security and Intelligence||3|
|SIS 690||Experimental Research Project||6|
|or SIS 700||Graduate Thesis|
|SIS 500||Summer Colloquium: US Security and Intelligence Communities||1|
|SIS 520||Winter Colloquium: Current Issues in the National Security of the US||1|
|SIS 685||Spring Colloquium: Thesis and Project Research and Preparation||1|
|SIS 525||Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Technology Systems||3|
|SIS 530||Intelligence and the Spectrum of Social Conflict||3|
|SIS 535||Advanced Analytical and Research Methodologies||3|
|SIS 550||International Security Operations and Management||3|
|SIS 565||Advanced Counterintelligence: Denial and Deception||3|
|SIS 600||Science, Space, Technology, and Intelligence||3|
|SIS 625||Global Transportation and Supply Chain Security||3|
|SIS 655||The Security Implications of Climate Change||3|
|SIS 657||Cyber Warfare: Threats and Counter-Operations||3|
|SIS 670||Mastering and Managing Security Operations||3|
|SIS 680||Mastering and Managing Intelligence Operations||3|
|SIS 699||Special Topics in Security and Intelligence||3-6|
Graduate assistantships are academic appointments that are normally reserved for qualified graduate students. Graduate assistants may be involved in research activities under the direction of a faculty member or may assist with administrative duties. In the case of research, a graduate assistant should be paired with a faculty member such that the graduate student is involved in research that will enhance his or her own topical interests and progress toward the Experimental Research Project or Master’s Thesis.
To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, a student must have been accepted to full graduate status in the MSSIS Program. The student, whether incoming or resident, should submit an application form and a 500-word essay directly to the MSSIS Department through the Graduate Program Recruiter. After the first semester of working as a graduate assistant, in order to retain the assistantship, the student must have maintained a CGPA of 3.50 out of a possible 4.00 or above.
Full graduate assistantships carry a stipend set by the University and a tuition waiver. Graduate assistants with such appointments are expected to devote up to 20 hours each week to effectively carry out their assignments. Under some circumstances, partial assistantships providing either tuition or a stipend may be granted. The expected time to be devoted is set by MSSIS program. Graduate assistants are permitted to accept other University employment; however, University policies limit all students to a total of 25 hours of work per week, including the graduate assistantship. All graduate research and administrative assistantships, both full and partial, require that the recipient be registered for at least three graduate credits at Embry-Riddle for any semester of their appointment. Summer registration is not required but is encouraged.
The MSSIS program requires the completion of either an Experimental Research Project or a Master’s Thesis, each of which carries six hours of course work. Those students planning to do Research Project should register for SIS 690, while those planning to complete the Master’s Thesis should register for SIS 700. The Experimental Research Project provides the student with an opportunity to conduct security and intelligence-related research in an area of the physical or behavioral sciences. The Master’s Thesis is a more traditional approach and normally requires library or archival or survey research. The general requirements for both SIS 690 and SIS 700 are the same in three areas. First, the project or thesis must present an original approach to its topic, whether in the collection or analysis of data, and in its conclusions. Second, the graduate student will be required to present and defend his or her thesis in a public presentation open to faculty, students, and the interested public. Third, the work should be suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.
Steps in the Completion of the Research Requirement
Deadlines for Research Project and Thesis Preparation
Each semester the College establishes and posts the deadlines for committee organization, proposal submission, completion of the first three chapters of he Research Project or Thesis, the defense confirmation, delivery of the penultimate document to the committee, final defense, and delivery of the bound copies.
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