Online MS in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis

Advance Public Safety and Security through Enhanced Intelligence.

Advancing justice since 1935.

Leverage the latest practices in intelligence to promote safety and security across all levels of government with the 30-credit, online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis from Michigan State University (MSU). Learn to collect, analyze and interpret critical intelligence so you can employ data-driven decision-making strategies in law enforcement operations.

Master the latest intelligence tools, ethical field-research tactics and practical law enforcement methods. In as little as two years, you’ll graduate ready to make an impact in any criminal justice setting.

This program uniquely positions graduates as subject-matter specialists in the practical aspects of law enforcement intelligence rather than national security intelligence. This distinction gives you the tactical skills to drive law enforcement operations using intelligence data on the local, state or national levels.

Immerse yourself in a curriculum informed by the Department of Justice, and learn from world-renowned faculty who played an instrumental role in the origin and development of the field.

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Cyber Certificate Option

In as little as a year, you can earn a 15-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security alongside your degree. This program gives you an introduction to cybercrime and digital forensic investigation in a fully online format. With this certificate, you could apply your expertise in many fields, including digital forensics, law enforcement investigations, cybersecurity or intelligence analysis, whether in the government or the private sector.

Employ Intelligence to Advance Justice

At MSU, you won’t just explore theoretical concepts of law enforcement. You’ll complete coursework informed by the DOJ that results in the acquisition of practical skills that give you a competitive edge in the field. You’ll immerse yourself in a curriculum informed by the Department of Justice and learn from world-renowned faculty who played an instrumental role in the origin and development of the field. Furthermore, you can take advantage of MSU’s wide criminal justice network to connect with internships, job opportunities, and more.

Through this 30-credit, 10-course online program in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis, you’ll learn to conduct ethical field research, utilize intelligence software and leverage the intelligence cycle to make a visible impact.

Courses you may take in this program include:

Explore law enforcement intelligence as an analytic tool for case development and resource allocation. Examine historical, ethical, legal and operational issues affecting current practice.

Examine the meaning and concepts of domestic and international terrorism. You’ll study law enforcement intelligence and the integration of intelligence and terrorism to gain a deeper understanding of counterterrorism.

Gain a broad, up-to-date, multidisciplinary understanding of homeland security. Explore a variety of issues through multiple sources, themes, methodologies and learning activities. Examine topics like public policy, public administration, law, criminal justice, and the social/behavioral impacts of terrorism and homeland security.

Explore comparative criminology and its relevance in the context of the global world. Examining issues like human trafficking, firearm violence and money laundering, you’ll assess the challenges of applying criminology to understand crime, victimization and crime control in the global context.

Online Programs That Provide Flexibility for Success.

As an online student with MSU, you receive the same high-quality education as an on-campus student. You gain access to all that the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice has to offer. With easy-to-use technology, rich multimedia and engaged faculty, MSU’s online programs are a great way to learn while maintaining your personal and professional commitments. We provide 24/7 technology support and full access to MSU’s extensive libraries and electronic resource collections.

Take Advantage of High-Earning Opportunities.

As criminal justice organizations gather and utilize more intelligence data to fight crime, opportunities for professionals with tactical intelligence expertise will continue to grow. Your online MS in Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analysis from MSU will prepare you for a variety of professional roles.

Average Annual Salaries 2024

  1. Police Supervisor: $99,4103
  2. Special Agent (FBI, DEA, DHS): $89,9344
  3. Detective or Criminal Investigator: $86,2805
  4. Intelligence Analyst: $77,3456
  5. Crime Analyst: $52,8787

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