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What is the Intelligence Analysis Program?

The Johns Hopkins University Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis is a part time, 36-credit graduate program for current intelligence analysts, offered by the Division of Public Safety Leadership. This degree program is specifically designed to serve students from the agencies that comprise the Intelligence Community (IC), the contractors who support them, law enforcement analysts and military intelligence analysts.

What separates the Johns Hopkins MS in Intelligence Analysis from other degree programs and courses of study?

The Johns Hopkins MS in Intelligence Analysis Program is different if three important ways:
First, we are a leadership program and not a tradecraft program. We do not teach people how to be analysts. We teach intelligence analysts how to be leaders and how to contribute to the development of themselves and their profession. Second, the content of our courses focuses on the intelligence analysis profession. Each one of the thirteen courses in our curriculum is geared to active analysts in the profession. The reading material, course assignments, case studies, and in-class discussions all relate to real-world examples in the Intelligence Community. Third, our courses build on each other and contribute to acquisition of leadership skills as well as some core individual skills. All of our courses contribute to teaching students how to think creatively and critically; how to write clearly and cogently; how to make informed, reflective and timely decisions; and how to brief what they have learned effectively.

Who may apply for the MS degree in Intelligence Analysis?

The Johns Hopkins Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis program is primarily for experienced intelligence analysts employed by the agencies that comprise the Intelligence Community (IC) and contractors who support them. In addition, the program serves the needs of (public safety) intelligence analysts working in federal, state, local, and tribal intelligence units. We also serve the needs of military intelligence analysts from the uniformed services.

How and when do I apply?

New cohorts begin each January. We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis, but students should allow time for receipt of transcripts and supporting documentation, application review and processing. This means you may apply anytime by going to our online application.

What is the makeup and format of the class?

The average class ranges from 16 to 20 students. The students form a cohort, in which they move through the program as a group, taking the same classes in the same sequence. The cohort format builds lasting relationships among students and faculty, and allows in depth and ongoing discussion on classroom topics and projects. The cohort approach is at the heart of our strategy to create collaborative relationships among the Intelligence and the Law Enforcement Community.

What is the schedule of the classes?

Classes meet Saturdays from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at the Johns Hopkins University Columbia Center, Columbia, Maryland. We are located just 15 minutes north of the Washington beltway at Exit 41B off I-95.

Who serves on the faculty?

Faculty in the Johns Hopkins University, Division of Public Safety Leadership consists of subject matter experts, practitioners, and researchers from business, government, military, law, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Members of the faculty of the Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis are leaders in their field.

A cadre of world-renown lecturers enhances the learning program. This group of senior executives and experts from within the intelligence community and other professions brings added dimension to the classroom. Students in the JHU program regularly hear from and interact with the actual decision makers in the profession.


To speak with a program adviser or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 410-516-9900.


Cohort Start Dates

Online MS Organizational Leadership
January 22, 2018

MS Organizational Leadership
January 19, 2018