2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intelligence and National Security Graduate Certificate

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College: Sciences Degree: CRT
Department: Political Science 

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security provides an interdisciplinary graduate education for people engaged in or seeking professional careers in intelligence policy with a focus on analysis of security threats or crises, both domestic and international, through use of human, electronic and public domain intelligence sources.

In addition, students will be introduced to various analytic approaches including game theory, network analysis, nonintrusive measurement, geospatial approaches and quantitative analysis.

Graduates are prepared to perform “key functions including conducting research and gathering information, identifying intelligence gaps, interpreting and evaluating information from multiple (and sometimes contradictory) sources, monitoring trends and events related to a particular country or issue, and preparing written and oral assessments.” This expectation comes from the job description for an intelligence analyst established by the federal government at www.intelligence.gov/careers-in-intelligence/analysis.html.


The certificate in Intelligence and National Security consists of 18 credit hours at the graduate level, including two required core courses and four electives.

Course substitutions are not allowed and a course may not apply toward more than one certificate program. Students must earn course grades of “B-” or better to get credit toward the certificate. For further Graduate Certificate Policies visit https://graduate.ucf.edu/graduate-certificate-policy/.

Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses—6 Credit Hours

All students must take the following courses.

Application Requirements

Admission to a degree seeking graduate program at UCF is required for application. Other interested applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution must contact the Certificate Advisor for an application inquiry. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. Students must submit all requested material by the deadline; materials received after the deadline may not be considered. Admission to this certificate program is competitive; applicants are not guaranteed admission.

All applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit: 

  • A current professional resume
  • An academic goal statement
  • A transcript 

These documents, with the exception of the transcript, must be attached to the application. The academic goal statement will be used as a sample of the applicant’s writing ability. While there is no set word limit, the statement should address the applicant’s interest in pursuing the certificate program and fully discuss any experience that he or she has had in the field.

Application Deadlines

Intelligence and National Security Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Roger Handberg
Telephone: 407-823-2608
PH 308

Graduate Admissions

Anthony Tufano
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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