National Security Intelligence Graduate Certificate

National Security Intelligence

Graduate Certificate

Program Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

15 Credits

About the National Security Intelligence Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate in National Security Intelligence is a comprehensive program that provides students with valuable insights into the United States' security and intelligence landscape. Through this program, students gain a deep understanding of the threats faced by the nation from various state and non-state actors.

Designed for those interested in careers in federal- and state-level security and intelligence agencies, military operations and planning, think tanks, and private-sector security, this certificate offers a unique opportunity to engage with recognized national experts and experienced practitioners in the field.

Focus of Study

By attending this program, students develop critical thinking skills to analyze security threats to the United States and to interpret and act upon information collected by the intelligence community.

With the National Security Intelligence certificate, students are equipped with the necessary tools to contribute meaningfully to the field of national security and intelligence.

Program Requirements for Admission

Admission to this certificate program requires a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.

Application Process

Current UCCS students wishing to pursue a graduate certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management must submit a Certificate Declaration to Students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Criminal Justice programs may count graduate certificate coursework completed with a grade of B- or better toward their degree’s elective requirement, allowing certificate completion along with the MPA or MCJ program. Consult with CPS's graduate student services specialist or relevant program director to verify courses fit into your degree plan.

New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate only must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the $60 application fee. An official transcript showing the undergraduate degree conferred should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to

A Certificate Completion Application is required to be submitted upon completion of the required certificate courses and grades have been posted for the final course.  This form is located in the myUCCS student portal.  It is the responsibility of the student to notify the College of Public Service when they complete their graduate certificate.

Graduate certificate students may also become interested in enrolling in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program. Up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level School of Public Affairs coursework completed with a grade of B or better as an unclassified (non-degree) student may be applied to the MPA or MCJ upon admission, subject to degree plan requirements and program director approval.

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Program Coursework

The certificate consists of five required courses totaling 15 credit hours of graduate coursework. A grade of B- or better is required in each course counting toward the certificate. Certificate students must maintain a 3.00 GPA once admitted to the certificate program. Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently. It is possible that pursuing a certificate fully online or fully on campus could take up to two years, depending on course availability.

  • PAD 5955 / CJ 5955 - Intersection of U.S. Foreign Policy & National Security
  • PAD 5965 / CJ 5965 - Understanding International Relations
  • PAD 5970 / CJ 5970 - Introduction to Intelligence Practice & Research
  • PAD 5985 / CJ 5985 - Advanced Intelligence Collection & Analysis
  • PAD 5990 / CJ 5990 - Intergovernmental & Public-Private Sector Coordination

Please see the UCCS Academic Catalog for course descriptions and more detailed program requirements.