About NIU

About the National Intelligence University

The National Intelligence University is a federal degree granting institution with a far-reaching mission — to educate and prepare intelligence officers to meet current and future challenges to the national security of the United States. Its main campus is located within the Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling (JBAB) in Washington D.C., and has graduate and academic centers with the National Security Agency and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

The NIU is a unique and technologically advanced university that focuses on the profession of intelligence and is the only institution of higher education in the nation that allows its students to study and complete research in the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) arena.  The University is committed to offering and continuously maintaining an in-depth curriculum intended to enhance the desired analytical skills and competencies of intelligence analysis to include critical thinking, communications, engagement and leadership.  The NIU’s success is measured through its graduates, many of whom have gone on to serve as directors of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, service and Combatant Command J-2’s, the Director of National Intelligence, and other important posts.  

The staff and faculty at NIU work closely with a professionally diverse student population to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Intelligence Degree, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence Degree, and graduate certificates in intelligence studies. Federal employees throughout the Intelligence Community (IC), the military, law enforcement, National Guard, Reserve and other related security functions have the opportunity to apply for the resident (full-time) program through their parent agency or service, or can apply on their own for one of the NIU’s cohort (part-time) programs. The cohort program classes are conducted in the evening and select weekends at the DIA Headquarters as well as the graduate and academic centers at NSA and NGA during the day.   

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