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B.A. in Intelligence & Security Studies (Degree Completion)


The degree completion program in Intelligence and Security Studies (ISS) was created to provide students with an opportunity to receive a four-year degree from The Citadel. Courses are taught by full-time Citadel faculty and industry experts who possess the academic and real world skills necessary for students to obtain knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) valued by the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

If you have credits from another institution, they will be evaluated according to The Citadel policy.

The degree completion program in Intelligence and Security Studies is 100% online. Students who have completed 30 credit hours of undergraduate study at another institution may apply to transfer those credits to The Citadel to complete their degree.



On completion of the program, students should generally possess:

  • An understanding of global and national threats to U.S. security;
  • Knowledge of organizational structures and operations of civilian and military intelligence agencies;
  • An understanding of national and international intelligence and security strategies;
  • Knowledge of intelligence management principles, tools, and applications;
  • Understanding of leadership principles as they apply to military and civilian intelligence agencies;
  • Understanding of the role of ethics and integrity for intelligence and security professionals;
  • Ability to perform tactical, operational, and strategic analysis;
  • Understanding of collection strategies in military and civilian intelligence;
  • Knowledge of global, national, and regional threats to security;
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking skills in all areas of collection and analysis;
  • Enhanced written and oral skills in communicating intelligence findings to policy/decision makers at all levels;
  • Understanding of the functional areas of intelligence (collection, analysis, counterintelligence, covert action, and intelligence management) and how each can advance national objectives;
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively in teams;
  • Knowledge of the principles and fundamentals of cybersecurity.

For more information on specific requirements, read about Requirements or contact the Evening Undergraduate Studies program at 953-5089 or email

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