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Intelligence Analysis at JMU provides a multi-disciplinary education for students who seek careers as analysts with a specialization in intelligence analysis.

Our degree integrates knowledge from a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, history, economics, political science, technology and business. Students learn how to be analysts with courses emphasizing research, reading, thinking, writing, and speaking – and the use of technologies to facilitate that. Topics addressed in our courses cover subjects related to security (such as terrorism or cyber-crime) from any of the eight intelligence domains: national security, military, homeland security, law enforcement, business, private sector security, geospatial, and cyber.

As an IA major you’ll:

  • Learn how to transform raw information into critical reports used to understand intelligence issues
  • Gain an aptitude for identifying intelligence gaps, evaluate information from multiple sources, monitor trends and interpret events related to particular countries or issues through your coursework.
  • Learn innovative ways to structure your thinking to solve complex real-world problems when there is both time pressure and a lack of reliable information.
  • Customize your degree to different types of analysis through your choice of a minor.
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20% of IA students acquire a security clearance prior to graduation
$63,915 average starting salary

The major is a part of the School of Integrated Sciences, an academic unit within the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

The Intelligence Analysis (IA) major prepares students to become analysts in either the public or private sectors, with a specialization in intelligence analysis.

The IA program provides students with a multidisciplinary educational foundation and an overlay of skills development particularly in the areas of technology and analytic production.

Students learn innovative ways to structure their thinking, assess complex real-world problems and communicate those assessments to decision makers.

Intelligence Analysis
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.S. in Intelligence Analysis
  • Concentrations:
    • None
  • Minors:
    • None

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