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Earn Your Master’s in Intelligence Studies Online

Threats to the security of states, institutions, property, and people persist, necessitating expert command of strategic intelligence gathering, analysis, and operations. With a MA in Intelligence Studies from American Public University (APU), you can build knowledge and analytical skills to be competitive in intelligence, security, and corporate sectors.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates. We offer many grant options. These grants represent a savings on our standard tuition rate. Request information to learn more.

Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Preferred Military Rate for eligible students.

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.


Some master's-level courses provide no-cost ebooks to minimize your expenses.

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

Flagship Program

APU is one of the leading authorities in intelligence studies and this degree is sought by those who aspire to leadership in the field. The University has a deeply rooted history educating our nation’s military, and the program’s highly respected curriculum has been shaped by its faculty’s close ties to intelligence, government, and defense communities.

Leading-Edge Coursework

Explore counterintelligence, homeland security, weapons of mass destruction, organized crime, counterterrorism, national security, signals intelligence (SIGINT), human intelligence (HUMINT), open-source intelligence (OSINT), and geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). Focus your studies by choosing a concentration.

Private Sector Application

Apply your studies to intelligence-related professional goals for the corporate sector. Coursework options include cyber intelligence, cybercrime analysis, privacy, and intellectual property.

No Entrance Exams

You don’t need an entrance exam or GRE® score to apply for this program. Courses start every month, so you can decide when it’s best for you to begin.

Career-Relevant Expertise

Faculty bring their real-world knowledge from the military, intelligence, defense, and other government agencies, as well as the corporate sector, so you are able to immediately apply your learning to your professional practice.

Learn With Peers

You will be challenged to address the complex security issues facing communities around the globe as you learn alongside students representing the military, government, and the public and commercial sectors.

Helping You Save on Your Master's

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families are eligible for our Preferred Military Rate, which is $250 per credit hour for both undergraduate and master’s-level programs. Eligible family members include parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.

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