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Intelligence Studies

The U.S. intelligence community requires a constant stream of the country's brightest young people from diverse cultural backgrounds and with a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. This certificate is offered collaboratively by the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, a consortium that includes Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, and Morehead State University. The Bluegrass State Intelligence Community consortium was formed to address the urgent need to increase the number of students from Kentucky and nearby states who are aware of and prepared for intelligence careers. The consortium offers international and intelligence-related studies curriculums; operates an Intelligence Scholars Program to prepare students for intelligence careers; provides opportunities for students to participate in study abroad, international exchange, advanced language instruction and intelligence-related internships; advances faculty and student research on intelligence topics; hosts an annual intelligence studies workshop; and conducts outreach to inform students of intelligence missions and career opportunities. 

Students will be assigned an advisor for the certificate in addition to the academic advisor in their major or minor. 


MSU offers an Intelligence Studies Certificate for both undergraduate and graduate students. The undergraduate certificate includes 24 credit hours and the graduate certificate includes 12 credit hours.

You may choose from one of the following specialized certificate options only if you are pursuing the undergraduate certificate:

Program Requirements

You will need to meet MSU admission requirements.

Undergraduate Certificate

There are 24 hours required for the Undergraduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies and it is open to students in all majors. The certificate requires a grade of "C" or better in 12 hours of required intelligence courses and 12 hours within a single option. 

Graduate Certificate

There are 12 hours required for the graduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies. The certificate requires a grade of "C" or better in 12 hours of required intelligence courses. 

Program Requirements (Intelligence Studies Graduate Certificate)

 GOVT 620     International Relations 3
 PA 641          Ethics in Public Administration 3
 PA 680          Homeland Security 3
 PA 686          Intelligence Analysis 3

Total Certificate Hours: 12

Career Opportunities

Students who earn a certificate in intelligence studies are prepared for careers in the military, government agencies, nonprofit agencies and more.

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.