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Intelligence and Global Security Degree

Master of Arts in Intelligence and Global Security

Offered fully online

Propel Your Career with Our Fully Online Program

Point Park's online Master of Arts in intelligence and global security program is designed for individuals seeking employment or promotion within the U.S. intelligence community or non-government intelligence and global security entities. 

The need for intelligence and security professionals, both domestically and internationally, has never been greater. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, between 15,000 and 17,000 security and protection jobs are available every year. But such work requires specific knowledge about various threats facing our country and how to combat them. Having the right credential is essential. You can earn that credential with our program. Students will have the opportunity to complete this fully online program in a cohort format, in as little as one year (three semesters).

Our online graduate program is unique because it concentrates on the collection and implementation of intelligence data to solve problems, provide protection and inform policy makers.

Online Program Details

Point Park’s online programs are offered in a flexible format at an affordable cost. Online courses are 8 weeks long and are always offered asynchronously for your convenience. 

Online students have access to the same great benefits as those on campus:

  • Point Park faculty with real-world experience.
  • Small online class sizes for individualized attention.
  • A full spectrum of University resources.
  • A student success advisor offering support from application to graduation, who will guide you to successfully complete your degree.

Cohorts begin each fall. Apply now!

Courses & Topics

Courses offered in our M.A. in intelligence and global security program include:

  • Strategic Intelligence
  • Intelligence Operations
  • Threat Analysis
  • International Terrorism
  • Cyber Crime Analyses
  • Homeland Security

Meet Our Faculty

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Career Options

The opportunity to advance in or land a position in the intelligence and global security field is great. Since 9/11, the intelligence and security profession has grown dramatically, particularly in the areas of terrorism and counter-terrorism studies. Now, with growing cyber threats, transnational crimes and changes in political dynamics, the field of intelligence and global security is more challenging and rewarding than ever.

In addition, because federal law mandates retirement at age 57, there is a continuous need for individuals to be educated in the field of global intelligence and security. 

With a Master’s Degree in Intelligence and Global Security, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities within organizations such as:

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • Pittsburgh Fusion Center and other regional fusion centers
  • National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • International Crime Police Organization (INTERPOL)
  • State and local law enforcement intelligence departments

The many roles that our students prepare to play in the Intelligence Community include the following:

  • Operations Officer
  • Targeting Officer
  • Federal Agent
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst
  • Geospatial Intelligence Analyst
  • Language Officer
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence Analyst

Contact Us

For questions and additional details, contact Kevin McCullough, admissions counselor in the Office of Graduate and Online Admissions at 412-392-3176 or You can schedule a call with him here