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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Intelligence Studies (ILS)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 11.0401
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Information Department (LIS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MHC2636
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Randy Borum
Phone: 813-974-3520


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Program Information

The Master of Science (MS) in Intelligence Studies is an online, applied graduate degree program designed to train a “next generation” of information and intelligence professionals for the private and public sectors. USF’s Intelligence Studies program is built around an innovative STEM-based model for professional analytic education. The curriculum focuses primarily on developing analytic competencies, and subsequently allows students to focus on specialized subject-matter areas. The principal aim is to train problem-solvers who understand strategic concepts and analytic methodologies and can apply that knowledge to advance an organization’s interests and objectives. Graduates will be capable of developing and evaluating new knowledge; generating and analyzing courses of action; expressing clearly reasoned opinions; and communicating effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual display.

Major Research Areas: Strategic Intelligence, Cyber Intelligence, Intelligence Analysis, Information Studies, Information Analytics, Cybersecurity

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: July 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: May 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • 3.00 minimum undergraduate GPA
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the Internet-based test or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:
    • Applicants native language is English, or
    • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal test, or
    • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning, or,
    • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be note don the transcript) or
    • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • GRE is not required
  • 250-500 word essay describing academic and professional background, reasons for pursuing the degree, and professional goals pertaining tointelligence, analytics, and/or information
  • Professional resume or CV
  • Students applying to the Cyber Intelligence Concentration must also have technical knowledge, to include a basic understanding of:
    • Programming/coding (e.g. Python, Java, C++), computational problem solving, and of
    • major computer Operating Systems and how they function

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Minimum Program Hours - 36 hours

Courses may be taken online or on-campus, pending availability.

Core Requirements:18 hours
LIS 6700Information, Strategy, and Decision Making3
LIS 5937Information Analytics (using R)3
LIS 5937 Advanced Information Retrieval3
LIS 6260Information Science Foundations3
LIS 6937Project Management3
ENC 5937Professional and Technical Communication for Analysis3

Students select from the following Concentrations:

Strategic Intelligence6 hours
LIS 6703 Core Concepts in Intelligence (3)
LIS 6702 Advanced Intelligence Analytic Methods (as restricted elective for "methods") (3)

Cyber Intelligence9 hours
LIS 6709 Cyber Intelligence (3)
LIS 6670 Advanced Cyber Intelligence (3)
LIS 6703 Core Concepts in Intelligence (3)
LIS 6702 Advanced Intelligence Analytic Methods (as restricted elective for "methods") (3)

Electives - 6 to 9 hours
There is one restricted elective in analytic methods (LIS 6702). In addition to the required elective noted in the Concentrations, students in the Strategic Intelligence concentration can take an additional 6 hours of approved electives.

Thesis/Non-Thesis: No thesis is required.

Comprehensive Exam: 3 hours
Capstone (Integrated Portfolio of Competencies)
The successful completion of the Capstone Portfolio serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam.

Internship3 hours
Experiential Learning (Internship or Equivalent)

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Financial Assistance

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


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