College of Strategic Intelligence (CSI)

The College of Strategic Intelligence constitutes the largest of the NIU programs. It currently has more than 600 students in varying stages of the program and more than sixty instructors that serve on full and part-time faculties.

The CSI is where students earn the Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence (MSSI), the Bachelor of Science in Intelligence (BSI) degrees, and the Certificates of Intelligence Studies (CIS).  Students in the MSSI program study the global environment, frameworks of analysis, intelligence collection, national strategy and logical reasoning. 

They also have the opportunity to take elective courses where they choose from topics ranging from regional concerns to transnational threats. Students must also complete a graduate thesis to hopefully be completed in one year (resident/full-time) or two (cohort/part-time).  

The BSI is a fourth-year program where students complete 57 credits that focus entirely on intelligence and includes the completion of a capstone project regarding a contemporary intelligence issue.

The Certificates of Intelligence Studies is offered in a number of topics including Counterintelligence and regional areas.

To earn a Certificate of Strategic Intelligence, a student must complete:

A course of study in a given topic consisting of nine-to-fifteen graduate credits, and deliverables for each course.

Students must have a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution to enter a CIS program.

The College of Strategic Intelligence endeavors to improve the global and cultural awareness of military and civilian intelligence professionals, provide them frameworks and tools for critical analysis, instill in-depth knowledge of the Intelligence Community and its support of the national security policy process, and enhance their ability to consider the role and desired impact of intelligence on the strategic level in addition to the role played by their particular agency.

In addition to their academic experience, NIU students are organized into student tracks (resident) or cohorts (part-time) with fellow students that represent the other agencies and military branches represented in each NIU class. Students take their core courses in these tracks and have the opportunity to study with students from other IC elements to learn different perspectives on intelligence and hopefully network and develop professional relationships for cooperation after their time at the NIU.

As with the other schools and centers of the NIU, the CSI focuses entirely on intelligence and enables its students and faculty to do class work and research in the realm of Top Secret classification. Please select any of the links on this page to learn more about the College of Strategic Intelligence.





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