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Intelligence Studies Certificate

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The Intelligence Studies Certificate Program is an online program that consists of courses in topics such as terrorism, intelligence analysis, organized crime, money laundering, drug smuggling, and human trafficking. The program, which can be completed within 18 months, prepares adult learners for jobs and new careers in intelligence analysis with law enforcement agencies as well as positions that involve problem-solving and analytical thinking in private industry and other types of organizations.


Program Overview

The Intelligence Studies Certificate Program is a structured series of online courses designed to prepare students for positions that involve problem-solving and analytical thinking in private industry, intelligence analysis, national security and law enforcement agencies. Through interactive discussions, case studies, group work and hands-on review of sample data, participants in this program will review large amounts of information, collate it into meaningful groups, evaluate its accuracy and reliability, and analyze it. Techniques include logic, probability, association matrices, flow charts, link analysis and other analytical tools. The program is modeled after courses taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and used by agencies such as the FBI, DEA, and Homeland Security.


Who Should Enroll?

This program is designed for career-changers, Law Enforcement Officers, Intelligence Analysts, Private Security, Public Safety Personnel, Career Changers and for anyone who makes informed decisions and formulates responses to security issues.


Program Benefits

Students enrolled in the Intelligence Studies Certificate Program learn to:


  • Think critically and logically as it relates to their profession

  • Process large amounts of information into meaningful hypothesis, inference, conclusion or prediction

  • Gain the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for Intelligence Analysis positions in National Security and Law Enforcement Agencies



A career as an Intelligence Analyst is unique, challenging and rewarding and the Intelligence Studies Certificate Program at Neumann University is the first step into the world of intelligence.  Participating in this program prepares students to work in the most challenging and rewarding career the world has to offer. Students will learn the skills necessary to analyze and solve many of the nation’s most complex problems.  This program not only allows students to become a valuable member of the Intelligence Community but also builds critical life skills such as critical thinking and analysis that allow students to be successful in all assets of life. Completing this program gives each student an advantage not only over the enemies of this nation but in the everyday challenges that life holds in store. Take the first class and you will see life in a whole new way.

Matthew A. Spaulding
United States Army, Military Intelligence Officer
Graduate of Neumann University


The Intelligence Studies Certificate Program enables students to learn the essential tools of being successful analysts. Aside from the course material the knowledge and experience of the faculty members and diverse student body bring together different ideas and conclusions that only add to the educational value of the course and in turn a better understanding of our changing world.

Tina Piechoski
Master’s degree candidate in diplomacy and military studies

The Intelligence Studies Certificate Program helps improve organizational skills and your ability to evaluate and classify large amounts of information. The skills you develop have applications not only to employment opportunities, but to certain areas of everyday life, but take the first course and decide for yourself.

John Boylan
Retired Philadelphia police officer


Course Content

A certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of six required courses. Students are required to take Intelligence Analysis before enrolling in Electronic Intelligence Analysis.




n this course, the basic principles of Intelligence Analysis, as practiced by the CIA, FBI, DEA, U.S. Customs as well as other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are presented and discussed. Students are also taught deductive and inductive logic, forma­tion of premise and inference, probabil­ity, hypothesis development and testing, as well as sources of informa­tion and analytical techniques, i.e., association matrix, link analysis, flowcharting and financial analysis. Throughout the course, practical examples in investigations of organized criminal enterprises, drug trafficking, political corruption and human smuggling are presented and discussed.


The use of force in International Politics is examined in this course. Areas of study include the use of peacekeeping forces by the United Nations, the use of force by terrorists, as well as the use of American forces in such places as Somalia, Lebanon, various Middle Eastern states and the Balkans. During their studies, students examine the planning, research and diplomatic efforts that precede the use of military force. This course also explores the Military Intelligence system, particu­larly as that system identifies and analyzes threats, both real and per­ceived, to the security of the United States. Students are also required to become experts in a particular area of the world, including the language culture, political systems, economic systems, geography, factors that impact political and economic stability, natural resources, as well as the military strength of the countries in the region.


This course investigates the industries that are susceptible to influence and/or control by organized criminal groups, the methods used to capture the particular industry, and the economic impact that such a capture has on our society. In addition, the course also explores organized crime’s influence in the construction, garment, convention, waste removal and waterfront indus­tries. The criminal, civil and adminis­trative methods which are used to control or remove organized criminal influence from these industries are also presented and examined.


The threat of terrorism against the United States is explored and analyzed in this course. The primary source of terrorist activity is the Middle East and the primary motivators of Middle Eastern terrorist groups are American support of Israel, the presence of American troops on Arab soil and the American invasion of Iraq. This course studies the principal terrorist groups in the Middle East along with the politi­cal, religious, economic and national security concerns of the United States in the region.


In this course, students are taught Analyst Notebook 6, the latest electronic analytical tool that is available to law enforcement and national security agencies. Students learn how to import financial information and use Analyst Notebook 6 to create graphic displays of associations and relationships between individuals, organizations and finan­cial institutions.



All students are required to complete a Level II language of their choice.



For additional information, please contact the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies by calling 610-558-5629, or via email: CAPS@neumann.edu


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