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Intelligence and Information Operations

Bachelor of Applied Science

Students seeking a career in an intelligence-related field will acquire the skills they need with the Bachelor of Applied Science in Intelligence and Information Operations.

Defense Intelligence Agency - USA

Designated as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Intelligence and Information Operations serves students who have earned an Associates of Applied Science, civilians working with defense contractors, and active-duty military personnel. Topics covered in the degree program highlight the historical and political context of the intelligence field and provide students with a deeper social and cultural understanding of world regions critical to U.S. national and international intelligence communities.

Designated as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the program will provide access to language development and cultural immersion through study abroad initiatives and foreign language immersion for students who qualify at no additional cost. The IC-CAE designation also provides students with professional development and recruitment opportunities and a competitive edge when seeking intelligence internships and employment. 

This degree is designed for students transferring coursework from regionally accredited and/or military institutions. During the application process, the submission of a resume and goal statement is required for professional admission to the program. Before applying, we recommend that you discuss your background with a program adviser. Contact or 520-621-0898 for a referral.

View detailed program information

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.

Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.

  • GPSV 314: National Security Policy - Decision-making structures, processes, and outcomes relevant to American security policy as compared to major foreign powers.
  • GPSV 472: National Security and Intelligence - The role of intelligence in the formulation and execution of US national policy, challenges facing the analysis of intelligence information and introducing that analysis into the national security policy process.
  • GPSV 473: National Security Operations - An introduction to the nature, purposes, and historical development of U.S. national security operations; the utility, inherent limitations, and challenges of covert actions; and the implications for the role of covert action against current national security challenges, especially global terror networks.
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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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