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Intelligence and Information Operations

Bachelor of Applied Science

Prepare for a career in the US Intelligence Community with cutting-edge technology, outstanding professional and academic expertise and military resources.

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#1 Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
United States Intelligence Community

The Defense Intelligence Agency’s Intelligence Community - Center of Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) designation demonstrates that Arizona's Intelligence program meets the most demanding requirements and prepares our graduates for successful careers within the US Intelligence Community.

Develop the core skills necessary to meet the United States’ National Security imperatives through increased educational, cultural and experiential opportunities within the Intelligence Community.

Enhance your critical, analytical and cultural skills with a challenging and practical curriculum led by world class faculty and practiced intelligence experts. Dive into unique scholarship, language and overseas cultural immersion opportunities and exclusive internship and career placement assistance. You may also choose to participate in intimate networking sessions with leaders and practitioners of the United States IC and professional development summits.

The Intelligence and Information Operations curriculum includes both offensive and defensive Intelligence & Information Operations content delivered within our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment. As a result, you will have extensive hands-on experience to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed after you graduate.

Choose from three IC-CAE designated degree tracks: Operational Intelligence, Information Warfare and Law Enforcement Intelligence.

Eligibility: This degree is designed for students transferring approximately 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution. During the application process, you will be required to submit a resume and goal statement. Before applying, we recommend that you discuss your background with a program adviser. Contact onlineadmissions@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-0898 for a referral.

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
College: College of Applied Science and Technology

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Each track features different coursework to apply to a wide variety of interests. Here are some courses you may take:

Operational Intelligence Track

  • INTV471: National Security & Intelligence - A high-level view of intelligence in the formulation and execution of US national security policy. Take a detailed look at challenges facing both the analysis of intelligence information and the introduction of that analysis into the national security policy process.
  • INTV473: National Security Operations & Issues - Familiarize yourself with the basic purposes and nature of US covert action and to help them understand its historical development. More fundamentally, the course will seek to illustrate both covert actions' potential utility and its inherent limitations and challenges.

Information Warfare Track

  • CYBV437: Deception, Counter-Deception & Counter Intelligence - Explore the concepts of deception, counter-deception, counterintelligence, and psychological operations. Review a survey of how these concepts are used in adversarial Information Operations and why they are among the most effective mechanisms to sway public opinion.
  • CYBV441: Cyber War, Terror & Crime - Prepare to perform analyses of major cyber events to determine contextual relevance and possible threat actor intentions. Using case studies, you will conduct an analytic examination of the similarities and differences among discrete cyber events to determine whether an event presents as possible criminal activity, terrorist activity, or rises to the level of an act of war.

Law Enforcement Intelligence Track

  • CYBV 388: Cyber Investigations & Forensics - Build an understanding of intrusion detection methodologies, tools, and approaches to incident response. Examine computer forensic principles, including operating system concepts, registry structures, file system concepts, boot process, low-level hardware calls, and file operations.
  • CYBV474: Advanced Analytics for Security Operations - Examine how the Python scripting language can be used to support advanced analysis in offensive and defensive security operations. Use hands-on scripting exercises to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of automated tools to solve complex security-related problems.
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Skills

Earning your Bachelor of Applied Science in Intelligence and Information Operations will build core skills, including:

  • conflict management
  • critical thinking
  • cybersecurity
  • information security
  • information systems
  • intelligence analysis
  • network security
  • planning
  • research

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Operational Intelligence Track

The Operational Intelligence track is a defense-focused intelligence collection, synchronization and analysis program that prepares graduates for immediate employment within the Intelligence Community.

Information Warfare Track

The Information Warfare track is focused on both offensive and defensive Information Operations. This track provides graduates with the skills necessary to detect, protect and craft advanced information operation campaigns.

Law Enforcement Intelligence Track

The Law Enforcement Intelligence track is focused on Intelligence-driven policing, forensic analysis and information sharing. The Law Enforcement Intelligence track conforms to major Federal, State and Local law enforcement agency academic requirements.

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