Position yourself for career growth in the intelligence community with a master's degree in management with a specialization in intelligence management.

The Master of Science in management with a specialization in intelligence management at University of Maryland University College prepares you to take on management roles in the collection and analysis of intelligence for national security, law enforcement, and business purposes. You'll learn to apply solid management theories, engage in intelligence-related research, and interpret intelligence-related data for decision making, gaining an essential understanding of the entire intelligence community.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Intelligence Management Specialization

In the intelligence management specialization courses, you'll apply intelligence management concepts to international current events to develop analytical products and practice making executive-level decisions, so you're prepared for the real world of intelligence management. You'll gain an analytical understanding of legal and ethical principles that guide the intelligence community, as well as an understanding of how to manage the intelligence process using technological advances and human resources to prevent crime and enhance national security.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Use strategies to manage and control intelligence activities, including establishing policies, setting budgets, and conducting reviews
  • Understand solutions for human source intelligence, open source intelligence, signals intelligence, imagery, technical intelligence, and the military's ISR approach
  • Manage analytical methodologies and techniques as well as dissent in analyses and understand the reasons for intelligence failures
  • Assess counter intelligence, espionage, and threat groups as well as methods of countering them

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Conduct a scholarly study of a problem or issue related to intelligence composed of purposeful research, a literature review, writing, analysis, and the defense of conclusions and proposals
  • Discuss recent changes in national intelligence and current issues, such as the debate over security versus civil liberties and how to protect America from foreign espionage and exploitation
  • Analyze case studies of various laws and executive orders related to intelligence that have been enacted since September 11, 2001

Management Master's Degree with Intelligence Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
  • If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

Specialization Courses

  • INMS 600
  • INMS 610
  • INMS 620
  • INMS 630
  • INMS 640
  • INMS 650
  • INMS 660

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • Specialization courses should be taken in the order listed.
  • INMS 600 and INMS 610 must be taken as the first two specialization courses.
  • INMS 660 must be taken after all other core and specialization courses (except for MGMT 670).

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for positions of greater responsibility in areas such as intelligence collection, analysis, acquisition, budget, and human capital.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is appropriate for entry-level to midcareer professionals working in law enforcement, homeland security, and national security agencies. We recommend a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.