Intelligence and National Security Certificate

Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

Vision Statement

The Intelligence and National Security certificate is a program designed to meet the need for an in-depth and critical analysis of US foreign policy and national security by graduate students, active duty military and civilian professionals working in the fields of public service, national security, defense policy and intelligence analysis. The program of study seeks to satisfy varying academic, career, and personal post-graduate goals of traditional and non-traditional students that prepare them for their responsibility as active citizens through leadership, participation and employment in intelligence, military, and foreign relations careers.  This certificate can be earned completely online.

Program Contact Information

Kristin Broyhill, Academic Program Coordinator (APC)
Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 275
402-554-2624
kbroyhill@unomaha.edu

Dr. Gregory Petrow, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 275
402-554-2624
gpetrow@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 15

Application Requirements

For students applying to, or who are a current MS-PSCI student in good standing:

  • 3.0 GPA (most recent GPA)
  • Apply online through the UNO application system

For students applying for this certificate as a stand-alone program:

  • Bachelor's degree and/or Master's degree with course related to American government
  • 3.0 GPA (most recent GPA)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from a former professor, supervisor, or individual that can speak to one's academic potential in a graduate program
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Applicants whom English is not the language of nurture should have a score of 80, internet-based TOEFL, with no sub-score under 15. The IELTS and PTE English proficiency tests are also accepted. Those scores must translate to the minimum internet-based TOEFL equivalent to be considered for admission. Passing with a minimum score does not guarantee admission into the program.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses (12 hours)

Any student who was an undergraduate at UNO cannot take any cross-listed course he/she took while an undergraduate student. UNO undergraduates who took PSCI 3260 and/or PSCI 4250 cannot take PSCI 8265 and/or PSCI 8256. Therefore, before these students must speak with the graduate chair before being admitted to plan alternative coursework.

PSCI 8200SEMINAR IN FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY3
PSCI 8250SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
PSCI 8256INTELLIGENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY3
PSCI 8265UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY3
Total Credits12

Students must earn a 3.0 GPA or above in these courses to graduate with this certificate.

Students who took PSCI 8256 or 8265 at the undergraduate level may not qualify for this program.