The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Specialization

The Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Specialization is an offering from the DMGS National Security Program.  This regimen prepares students for mid and senior level positions in national and international security policy, defense analysis related fields, and the private sector.

Graduates of the certificate are aspiring leaders that can be found across the national and international security community as civilian and military policy-makers, action-officers, analysts, instructors, consultants, and their counterparts in the private sector. This certificate program is unique as it is taught by practitioners and emphasizes experiential learning.  This certificate series will deepen the National Security and Private Sector professional’s knowledge of Intelligence, and broaden their perspective on these issues which are so salient in the contemporary operating environment.


This is an introductory course in intelligence practices for those looking to enter this field or interact with it. The course identifies the component parts of the Intelligence Community, describes the functions of collection and analysis, explains how intelligence is disseminated, and discusses the relationship of the IC with policymakers, Congress, and the public. This course will provide students the foundation of knowledge to prepare for more advanced study in intelligence or related fields.

Students who complete this course will:

  • Identify the members of the Intelligence Community and their roles;
  • Discuss the intelligence cycle and other functions of intelligence; and
  • Analyze the relationship of the IC with the different branches of government and the public.

The aim of this course is to show how counterintelligence activity protects US national security by defending against acts of insider threat, penetration, sabotage, and physical violence undertaken by foreign intelligence agencies and defeating an adversary’s efforts by identifying and manipulating its behavior through deception and/or the exploitation of its agents. The course addresses the relationship between the intelligence and law enforcement communities as well as between civilian and military agencies. It also emphasizes the increasing importance of cyber espionage and economic espionage in an age of globalization.

Student who complete this course will be able to:

  • Analyze methods to defend against foreign and domestic espionage;
  • Elaborate the use of deception to defeat other actor’s intelligence capabilities;
  • Examine the role of espionage and counterintelligence as means of achieving national goals;
  • Assess the growing relationship between the intelligence and law enforcement communities and the relationship between civilian and military agencies;
  • Evaluate the role of counterintelligence in cyber espionage and economic espionage; and

• Communicate ideas clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing, discussions, and presentations.


This course examines the vast frontier of Cyberspace and the Internet over which travels ever increasing amounts of information and communications. This new dimension of power has strong positive and negative implications for U.S. national security strategy and policy. For national security, Cyberspace represents a unique challenge, as it has no borders or boundaries unlike previous power dimensions — land, sea, air and space. Past separations between government and the private sector and national security and law enforcement have been blurred. Cyberspace also represents an arena where a non-state actor’s powers can equal or exceed any nation state. And, 20th Century based government institutions often have trouble reacting to its 21st century instantaneous speed, ubiquity and volume

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Address the issues of volume, velocity and veracity of information in cyber space and how they relate to intelligence gathering, analysis and dissemination in both the public and private sector;
  • Evaluate the ability of non-nation state players to effect national and corporate security;
  • Understand the challenges of devising systems to secure the current internet; and
  • Examine the legal and politic implication of a system without borders.

Certificate Learning Objectives

Upon completing this certificate course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the strategic significance, aims, strategy, tradecraft and culture of the elements of intelligence;
  • Evaluate the profession of each element, and the skills and aptitude required for this work;
  • Appraise current and future security challenges, identify opportunities for effective use of intelligence, and lessons learned about how intelligence has worked or could be more effectively used as an input into public and private policy;
  • Explain how major shifts in technology have resulted in different areas of intelligence use and the resulting tensions and challenges.