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Intelligence Analysis

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Unique features of the program are its rigor and concentration in intelligence analysis training and its practical approach to producing intelligence/crime analysis products and briefing papers. Students will develop problem-solving skills through the practical analysis of real-world case studies and simulation exercises that deal with intelligence and security issues.

The program prepares students for analytical-oriented careers by cultivating critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, cultural awareness sensitivity, and technical knowledge.

This certificate program requires 15 hours to complete.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Matthew Logan
Hill House (HILL), Room 109

Advisor Support
Miranda Najera
Hines Academic Center (HINE), Room 110

“ The faculty in the Texas State certificate program in intelligence analysis provided me with techniques and insight on how to effectively research, investigate and analyze topics related directly to my career. It opened the door for a career in intelligence for me. ˮ

– Sidney Brown, Security Analyst, Social Communications Manager, Stratfor

Course Work

To meet the diverse skill requirements that are unique to this multidisciplinary program, course work includes a wide range of elective courses from disciplines including computer science, criminal justice, history, psychology, and geography. These electives may be customized to suit the individual student’s needs or those of the sponsor for whom the student works as an intelligence analyst.

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Because of its multidisciplinary approach, this graduate-level certificate program is ideal preparation for doctoral study in international relations, political science, psychology, public administration, public policy, history, criminal justice or related fields.

Program Mission

The goals of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State include:

  • preparing competent and responsible public servants for roles in criminal investigation and apprehension, agency administration, prosecution, and correctional services
  • preparing graduates with advanced theoretical knowledge and research skills in criminal justice for leadership roles in academic, public policy, and administrative positions

The School of Criminal Justice and Criminology pursues these goals in the context of a broad university curriculum that provides a foundation of knowledge necessary to function in a challenging world.

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Program Faculty

Exceptional faculty and ongoing research enable the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology to provide courses in areas of study such as policing, corrections, law, juvenile crime, female offending, environmental criminology, criminological theory, and management and organization. The school also offers a variety of specialized courses in crime analysis, statistics, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis and administers a number of institutes and centers, including the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation and the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center.

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Career Options

Career possibilities for graduates with a certificate in intelligence analysis include positions in security or intelligence organizations and government agencies such as homeland security, drug enforcement, or border security. Graduates also find positions in federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as private companies that produce analytic products for governments and corporations.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $20 nonrefundable application fee
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in criminal justice, computer science, history, geography or a field related to security and/or intelligence studies from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work 
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in all completed graduate course work if you already hold a master's degree in criminal justice, computer science, history, geography or a field related to security and/or intelligence studies

*Effective Spring 2023:

  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose including career goals
  • two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your professional work, including at least one supervisor

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

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