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Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis)

Graduate Diploma of Intelligence Analysis
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CSU's Intelligence Analysis program is intended to provide you as an intelligence professional - whether in law enforcement, national security, public or private sectors - with the opportunity to undertake studies at postgraduate level through CSU's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS).

Intelligence analysis is a field experiencing significant growth with a high demand for skilled professionals. Build your analytical skills across recent issues and events to form predictive strategies that support strategic planning and prioritisation of resourcing.

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  • Why study this course?

    Study at your own place and pace

    Delivered online, this course provides the flexibility to enable you to fit study around your existing work, family or other commitments. Apply your learning to your professional environment in real time to deliver immediate value to your professional environment.

    Align your knowledge with current practice

    Designed to meet the growing needs of the public and private sectors that increasingly require effective intelligence analysis, this course supports decision-making in a rapidly changing security environment. Subjects cover a range of areas relevant to promoting sound industry relevant practice in the intelligence office.

    Develop specialist knowledge in your chosen arena

    Learn from industry experts in subject matters across criminology and criminal justice, strategic, operational and tactical intelligence theory and practice, crime analysis, critical thinking, analytical tools and tradecraft. Through your studies with CSU you may also consider contemporary professional debates and develop advanced research skills, imagery and geo-spatial intelligence, risk management capability and management of national security issues.

    Contribute to research

    We produce graduates capable of successfully completing a research dissertation or a special studies project which results in a distinct contribution to knowledge in the intelligence field. You may also choose free electives from either the terrorism safety and security, leadership, investigations, fraud and financial crime prevention, emergency management or anti-money laundering / counter terrorism financing programs.

    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

    Established in 1993, CSU's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. Faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise – offering you a unique advantage in furthering your knowledge and expertise in this emerging field.

  • Career opportunities

    Consolidate your strategic leadership and influence the development and implementation of intelligence practices, policies and procedures. Lead the collation, analysis, and reporting of intelligence information and prepare and present intelligence briefings. Analyse intelligence data including the identification and evaluation of emerging threats, opportunities, patterns and trends relating to the activities prisoners which affect the security and good order of the prison.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of an articulated set of courses containing a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters as follows:

    Graduate Certificate (Intelligence Analysis)

    JST450 Introduction to Intelligence
    JST428 Operational Intelligence
    JST495 Intelligence and Analytics

    Plus students choose one 8 point subject from Intelligence or other programs offered by AGSPS


    Graduate Diploma (Intelligence Analysis)

    In addition to the subjects above:

    JST452 Intelligence Management
    JST493 National Security and Intelligence Issues (16pts)

    Plus students choose one 8 point subject from Intelligence or other programs offered by AGSPS

    or

    JST452 Intelligence Management (8pts)

    AND

    24 points of elective subjects from other Intelligence or non Intelligence subjects offered by AGSPS.

     
    Admission to Master of Arts

    Students who have satisfactorily completed the Graduate Diploma requirements with a credit average are eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis).  Upon admission to the Master degree course, students are awarded credit for the Graduate Diploma and upon successful completion of the requirements for the Master degree course (a further 32 points), students graduate with the award Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis).

    There are THREE pathways to the Master degree course.

    Option 1
    Pure research stream

    JST530 Research Methdology and Dissertation (16 points)
    JST531 Dissertation (16 points)

    OR

    Option 2
    Work place research project stream

    EMG505 Work Based Project (16 points)
    EMG506 Literature Review (16 points)

    OR

    Option 3

    Students can choose free electives at Masters level to the value of 32 points from the available non Intelligence course streams at AGSPS.
    Free Electives
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate (Intelligence Analysis)

    Session 1

    JST450 Introduction to Intelligence
    JST428 Operational Intelligence

    Session 2

    JST495 Intelligence and Analytics
    [plus one free 8 point elective]

    Graduate Diploma (Intelligence Analysis)

    There is no set enrolment pattern for the graduate diploma, as the pattern will depend on whether the student elects to enrol in JST493 (a 16 pt subject taken over 2 sessions) or select other 8 pt or 16 pt subjects from the intelligence program or others offered at AGSPS.
    Where JST493 is elected, JST452 will be enrolled in alongside JST493 in the first session, and an elective will accompany JST493 in the second session.

    In addition to the Graduate Certificate subjects above:

    JST452 Intelligence Management
    JST493 National Security and Intelligence Issues (16pts)
    [plus select one 8 point free elective available across AGSPS]
     

    Admission to Master of Arts

    Students who have satisfactorily completed the Graduate Diploma requirements with a credit average are eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis).  Upon admission to the Master degree course, students are awarded credit for the Graduate Diploma and upon successful completion of the requirements for the Master degree course (a further 32 points), students graduate with the award Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis).

    There are THREE pathways to the Master degree course.

    Option 1
    Research stream

    Session 1

    JST530 Research Methodology and Dissertation (16 points)
     
    Session 2

    JST531 Dissertation (16 points)

    OR

    Option 2
    Work place research project stream

    EMG505 Work Based Project (16 points)

    OR

    Option 3
    Coursework stream

    Free electives
    Students can choose free electives at Masters level to the value of 32 points from the available non Intelligence course streams at AGSPS.

  • Residential schools

    The following subject may have a residential school component:

    JST530 Research Methodology and Dissertation Proposal

  • Admission information

    A broader range of students are now eligible for entry to the course. The course is designed to both assist existing intelligence practitioners, and those hoping to access this field. As such students who are already working in as an intelligence analyst/practitioner, as well as those who hope to enter the profession are admitted (on a case by case basis) to the course.

    Normally, applicants will have an undergraduate degree and relevant professional experience.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineManlyCGSYY*NEAIA
    DirectOnlineManlyFPOSYYNCAIA
    DirectOnlineManlyFPOSYYNJAIA
    DirectOnlineManlyFPPGYYNOAIA

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must successfully complete 96 points

  • How to apply

    Please note: International students from the United Kingdom and Canada should select the Planned Course of Study with the appropriate code when completing an online application:

    • Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis) CAIA
    • Graduate Diploma of Intelligence Analysis CATN
    • Graduate Certificate of Intelligence Analysis CAAN
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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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