Program Requirements

The Combined MS in Government Analytics/Graduate Certificate in Intelligence prepares students to undertake sophisticated quantitative analyses to address national security and policy = challenges. Students will develop broadly applicable, foundational skills as well as expertise in statistical analysis, geospatial analysis, political behavior and policy analysis or public management. Fifteen courses, including a capstone project, are required to complete this combined program.

There are four concentrations offered through the MS in Government Analytics. The concentration in Statistical Analysis focuses on the use of statistics to make government-related decisions. The concentration in Geospatial Analysis focuses on the applied use of spatially distributed data. The concentration in Political Behavior and Policy Analysis prepares students to evaluate campaigns, elections, political institutions and government programs using quantitative methods. Finally, the concentration in Public Management provides students with the tools and skills needs to solve management issues related to policy, finance and administration. Pursuing a concentration is optional.

Students may take their Intelligence courses in whatever semesters seem convenient. However, if possible, they should take an introductory course (470.711 Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy or 470.748 The Art and Practice of Intelligence) before their other Intelligence courses.

Students are required to:

  • Complete five core Government Analytics courses (includes capstone project).
  • Complete five Intelligence courses, one class from each of five areas.
  • Complete five electives

Core (five classes)

  1.  470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis
  2.  470.709 Quantitative Methods
  3.  470.710 Advanced Quantitative Methods
  4.  One of the following:
    • 430.615 Big Data Analytics: Tools and Techniques
    • 470.660 Program Evaluation
    • 470.673 Data Visualization
    • 470.694 Big Data Management Systems
    • 470.699 Applied Performance Analytics
    • 470.736 Methods of Policy Analytics
    • 470.743 Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
    • 470.769 Data Science for Public Policy
  5.  470.862 Capstone for Government Analytics

Intelligence (five classes)

One class from each of five areas:

  • Introductory Courses
  • Law and Ethics
  • Theory, History, and Context
  • Intelligence Operations
  • Applications of Intelligence

More information on Intelligence courses may be found here.

Electives (five classes)

Any electives that fall under the rubric of Government Analytics or Intelligence.


A concentration is optional. Students may pursue a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Political Behavior and Policy Analysis
  • Public Management

Students who choose to earn a concentration must take four classes in that area of study. A list of courses that count toward each concentration area can be found on our Concentrations page. If you have questions, please contact the Program Director.