Intelligence and National Security Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security provides an interdisciplinary graduate education for people engaged in or seeking professional careers in intelligence policy with a focus on analysis of security threats or crises, both domestic and international, through use of human, electronic and public domain intelligence sources.


The certificate in Intelligence and National Security consists of 18 credit hours at the graduate level, including two required core courses and four electives.
Total Credit Hours Required:
18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—6 Credit Hours

All students must take the following courses.

Take one of these three courses:

  • POS 6736 Conduct of Political Inquiry (3 credit hours)
  • POS 6746 Quantitative Methods in Political Research (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6704 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)

Take one of these two courses:

  • INR 6365 Seminar on Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • INR 6366 The Intelligence Community (3 credit hours)

Restricted Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours

All students take four of the following courses. Students can substitute up to two geographic area courses as part of their four-course elective area with approval of the certificate program director.

  • POS 6743 Geographic Tools for Political Science Research (3 credit hours)
  • INR 6726 Political Behavior in International Conflict (3 credit hours)
  • CPO 6058 Revolution and Political Violence (3 credit hours)
  • INR 6068 Politics of Civil Wars (3 credit hours)
  • INR 6108 Seminar in American Foreign Policy (3 credit hours)
  • INR 6136 Seminar in American Security Policy (3 credit hours)
  • INR 6137 Terrorism and Politics (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6027 Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6067 Perspectives on Genocide (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6074 Investigative and Intelligence Analysis: Theory and Methods (3 credit hours)
  • CJE 6688 Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • INR 6365 Seminar on Intelligence (3 credit hours) or INR 6366 The Intelligence Community (3 credit hours)
  • INR 6346 Politics of International Terrorism (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

Admission to a degree seeking graduate program at UCF is required for application. Other interested applicants with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution must contact the Certificate Advisor for an application inquiry. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. Students must submit all requested material by the deadline; materials received after the deadline may not be considered. Admission to this certificate program is competitive; applicants are not guaranteed admission.

All applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit: 

  • A current professional resume
  • An academic goal statement
  • A transcript 

These documents, with the exception of the transcript, must be attached to the application. The academic goal statement will be used as a sample of the applicant’s writing ability. While there is no set word limit, the statement should address the applicant’s interest in pursuing the certificate program and fully discuss any experience that he or she has had in the field.

Application Deadlines

Intelligence and National Security Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.