Intelligence Analysis (B.S.)


The online bachelor of science (B.S.) in intelligence analysis prepares students for careers as intelligence analysts in the U.S. government (local, state, federal), the military, and the private sector. The program is the first and only of its kind in the state of Indiana.

The Intelligence Analysis Program teaches students innovative ways to structure their thinking to solve complex, real-world problems when there is both time pressure and a lack of reliable information. The program highlights the continually evolving nature of intelligence analysis, with an emphasis on employing new academic research into analytical methods. The academic knowledge and skills students gain from this program include the preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of intelligence data, whether relating to national security, law enforcement, military, or business intelligence.

Coursework includes a required core of courses in criminology and criminal justice as well as intelligence analysis.  In addition, students complete directed electives and one of the following concentrations:

  • Counterintelligence concentration for those who desire a career in military or government

  • Criminal intelligence concentration for those who desire a career in criminal justice or private sector

  • Intelligence collection concentration for those who desire a career in the government or private sector

  • Intelligence operations concentration for those who desire a career in the government, military, criminal justice, or private sector

Each student gains practical experience through completion of an internship with a local, state, federal private sector, or non-profit agencies.

Students benefit from classes taught by award-winning faculty who hold doctorates in criminology, criminal justice, jurisprudence, sociology, public administration, computer science, and security studies. Many have experience in the field in intelligence analysis, cyber security, policing, corrections, criminal investigations, and psychology.

The program is open to entering freshmen (with no previous college experience) as well as transfer students. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per these transfer guidelines.

The online Intelligence Analysis Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

All courses are offered online. Campus visits are not required.

Required Courses


Graduates of the Intelligence Analysis Program possess the knowledge and skills needed for successful careers as intelligence analysts in the U.S. government, military, and the private sector.  The job outlook is bright, with the number of intelligence jobs in the U.S. expected to grow significantly through 2020. Intelligence Analysis is a growing sector of employment that is currently underserved.

Potential career options include the following:

  • FBI analyst or agent
  • CIA analyst or officer
  • Military intelligence analyst
  • Homeland Security agent
  • Criminal justice officer
  • Criminal investigator
  • Detective
  • Border patrol agent
  • Intelligence analyst for government agencies
  • Information analyst for non-profit and the private sector

In addition, the program is excellent preparation for graduate study in intelligence analysis, criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement, or other social science related disciplines.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.