Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies

Level: Masters
Language: English

(13 reviews)


The Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies provides professional, graduate-level academic education in the interdisciplinary field of intelligence studies. The program's core courses impart substantive knowledge and analytic skills required by all professionals in the intelligence community. Students may also pursue concentrated study in functional areas or intelligence sub-fields. Student learning is greatly enhanced by the diversity of program professors with strong professional and academic backgrounds in intelligence studies, many who currently work in the US Intelligence Community.

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Recent Reviews

The Negative Reviews Clearly Show a Lack of Experience at AMU
May 4, 2017
I completed by BA in Criminal Justice through AMU, and I am now halfway through my Master's in National Security with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies. I'm completely baffled as to the negative reviews I'm seeing on this site. The finance office has never given me any problems whatsoever, the counselors are helpful and responsive, and the schoolwork has been both challenging and rigorous. I've had many acquaintances attend AMU and talk negatively about ...

MA- Strategic Intelligence
June 25, 2015
I graduated in 2005 with an MA in Strategic Intelligence with Honors. My degree has resulted in multiple promotions as it helped me stand out from my peers and provided the skills needed to separate myself as best qualified and capable. This degree was no joke. I spent five years working hard on this degree with a lot of long hours, nights/weekends/and every spare moment (long plane rides, etc) reading and working on paper after ...

Skip this place
June 24, 2015
If you are military and you are merely looking for a paper credential, this might be your place. If you are truly looking to learn intelligence studies, at best you will get a superficial self-help class, with repetitive material throughout much of the program (with heavy emphasis on discussing but not necessarily resolving inefficiencies in intelligence collection and analysis). There are few real analysis skills learned in this program (which is what I was hoping ...

Best online program for intelligence studies
July 23, 2014
I have pursued online studies at four other universities and AMU seems to have the best programs for security, military, and intelligence studies. I am nearly finished with the graduate program for intelligence studies and have found the ten courses I've completed to require a balanced work load that allows students to learn new concepts, research a relevant topic, and present a new idea in a standardized format. I often work more than 40 hours ...

March 9, 2013
The M.A. in Intelligence Studies has been awesome. I am halfway through my degree program so far. As soon as I updated my resume with my degree in progress, I started getting interviews for jobs in this field. That alone makes it worth it for me because the whole point of studying in a field is to hopefully get work in that field. This degree program did that for me and I'm only halfway through!

Challenging and Rewarding
October 3, 2012
I have acquired a tremendous amount of knowledge during the MA Strategic Intelligence program and totally disagree with previous reviewers that this AMU program generates degrees without academic value. Having completed a BA from a very stringent “brick and mortar" institution, I found the MA Strategic Intelligence program challenging in comparison. I had to burn the midnight oil on many occasions to complete the assignments. I believe putting the extra effort was generally acknowledged and ...

So cheap, its not worth the paper its printed on...
October 2, 2012
AMU's MA in Intelligence Studies lacks the academic rigor of a real graduate program. Henley-Putnam is better. The Defense Intelligence University is best. If you just need a masters degree to punch the ticket, then AMU is a cheap option. If you want to be an intelligence professional, its not going to open any doors for you! Also, they switched the program on my half-way through. Very disappointed in what I ended up with.

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Oct. 29, 2010, 1:01 a.m.
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Like any other university, AMU has both good professors and bad ones (I have had both while working on my Master’s Degree at AMU). Like every other university on the planet, most of their classes are interesting and challenging, yet there are some that seem to be little more than a paper-drill. I would have to say that it was more difficult to earn than the B.A. that I received from Troy State, but at the same time I am not totally sure how it will be viewed by UNC when I apply for admission into the Doctoral Program this coming spring. I will update when I find out. is not affiliated with American Military University in any way.