Certificate in Intelligence Analysis

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

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the current academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the current academic year can be found on The Graduate College's website. International students should review the International Admission Documents webpage for additional requirements.

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $10 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree in criminal justice, computer science, history, geography or a field related to security and/or intelligence studies from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each four-year 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
  • GRE scores not required
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose 
  • two letters of recommendation 

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

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

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

The graduate certificate in Intelligence Analysis requires 15 semester credit hours.

Course Requirements

Criminal Justice
CJ 5335Advanced Crime Theory3
or CJ 5355 Intelligence Gathering and Operational Issues As Applied to Terrorism and Counterterrorism Operation
Computer Information Systems
CIS 5364Data Warehousing 3
History3
Choose 1 course
Race, Class, and Nation in Modern Latin America
Chinese Communism
Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East
Geography3
Choose 1 course
Geospatial Intelligence and Geographic Profiling
Geographic Information Systems I
Independent Studies
CJ 5360Independent Studies in Criminal Justice3
Total Hours15