SIA

Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis — Online

Northeastern’s Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis program prepares you with the broad skill set necessary for the next generation of leaders in the intelligence community in both the public and private sectors.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

12-18 months

Overview

The Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis is designed for students who seek careers in the intelligence field, as well as professionals whose agencies or clientele are charged with the acquisition and interpretation of intelligence. Strategic intelligence leaders are committed to reducing uncertainty and providing warnings about potential security and safety threats both nationally and internationally using information from a variety of sources. 
 
Our degree program focuses on providing you with the analytical skills, research techniques, and verbal and written communication expertise to present your findings at the highest level. This program is for students who are looking for the analytical skills needed to identify a challenge or a threat (natural or man-made) and advise policy or decision-makers. With critical and reflective thinking at the forefront of the curriculum, graduates are prepared to make well-reasoned judgments in any situation based on the policies and theories they have learned.

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Unique Features

  • Learn from real-world experts: Learn directly from a former CIA case officer, former FBI Supervisory Special Agents and CIA analysts. Courses are taught by faculty with extensive experience advising high-level decision-makers. They’ve contributed to local, state, and national analytics and intelligence efforts.
  • Flexible learning formats: With courses offered 100% online, on campus in Boston, or a hybrid format, you can complete your degree without putting your life on hold.
  • Specialize and tailor to your career goals: Choose from one of three concentrations—Analysis for Homeland Security; Intelligence Community Operations and Analysis; or Remote Sensing.
  • Commitment to advancing innovations in security: Security is one of Northeastern’s three research and programmatic focal areas. Our university-wide commitment to guide and advance innovation in security, intelligence, and resilience is bolstered by our dedicated centers and institutes focused on security issues.
  • Industry-aligned curriculum: Explore the trends in the intelligence community from globalization to liaison agreements. Examine case studies based on current events and recent psychological research and master the key competencies needed to excel in the industry.   

Unique Transfer Credit Opportunity

Northeastern recognizes the knowledge and competencies demonstrated by Navy IW-qualified individuals (officer, enlisted, active, or reserve). Individuals with this status have the unique opportunity to accelerate through the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis by applying this qualification in exchange for transfer credit.

Successful IW-qualified applicants can experience the following: 

  • Will receive 12 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 25% savings in tuition 
  • Will enjoy the convenience of a 100%-online, interactive curriculum or choose to complete classes on ground in Boston
  • Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis program, IW-qualified individuals will also receive the coveted 2400 Designation: Strategic Intelligence Sub Specialty Code
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: SIA 6050- All-Source Intelligence, SIA 6060- Human Intelligence Operations, SIA 6070- Analysis for Counterterrorism 

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Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

General Requirements

Required Courses 

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4.00
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4.00
3.00

Capstone

Complete one of the following: 

1.004.00
1.004.00
 

Please Note: Students who are interested in taking SIA 7990 need to first take and pass GST 6109 Basic Field Research.

Electives

Complete 6-8 quarter hours from the following: 

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
3.00
3.00
2.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
 

Concentrations

Analysis for Homeland Security Concentration

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
4.00

Intelligence Community Operations and Analysis Concentration

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Remote Sensing Concentration

Required Courses

3.00
3.00

Electives

Complete four of the following: 

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Political Science and Security alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Fidelity Investments
    • State Street
    • US Army
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • What They Do

    • Business Development
    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Legal
    • Operations
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Public Speaking
    • Research
    • Leadership
    • Microsoft Office
    • Management

Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

Did You Know?

Advanced degree holders earn an average 35% higher salary than those with a bachelor's degree (State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2012).

Did You Know?

By 2022, 18% of jobs will require a master's degree (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

From Our Alumni

"Professors consistently took deep dives into their areas of expertise and made sure to tie it back to real-world examples. That allowed me to bring new ideas to the workplace that were directly applicable to the problems we were facing." — Rick Keilty, Alumnus

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By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners. 

From Our Faculty

"Northeastern is a world-class university with a tremendous trajectory. It's a wonderful institution where faculty can make a significant impact." — Associate Professor Stratis Ioannidis

From Our Alumni

"Northeastern's programs are led by skilled and experienced industry leaders who are committed to the engagement and growth of their students." — Stephen O'Halloran, '14