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Intelligence and National Security Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #601 (WUR) , TX,
The Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security Studies (INSS) provide a highly-rigorous interdisciplinary graduate program intended for students seeking employment or career advancement in the United States Intelligence Community (IC).


The INSS graduate program is also suitable for students interested in security-related jobs in the private sector or with applied research institutions (think tanks). The INSS graduate program is also ideal preparation for advanced graduate study at the doctoral level in international relations, political science, public administration, public policy, history, or other closely related fields.

The INSS graduate curriculum focuses on specific intelligence and security competencies that are delivered across the spectrum of academic disciplines at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Seminar in Intelligence and National Security
  • US Intelligence and National Security Policy, Structure, and Process
  • Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
  • Contemporary Security Studies
  • Research Methods for Intelligence and National Security Studies
  • Applied Statistics for Intelligence and National Security Studies
  • Historical Development of the Intelligence Community
  • Legal Issues in Intelligence and National Security
  • Open Source Intelligence Analysis
  • Propaganda and Influence Operations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Completion and submission of a graduate admissions application.
  • Submission of official transcripts in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This requirement is waived if you already possess an accredited graduate degree.
  • A brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that addresses educational and career goals and reasons for pursuing the MS degree.
  • Three academic letters of recommendation from instructors that can evaluate the ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      914 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 914 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      403 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 403 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for El Paso

    • 888 - 1650 USD/month
      Living Costs

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