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Security and Strategic Intelligence, B.S.

Study trends in intelligence gathering surrounding such critical and timely topics as terrorism, homeland security, and cybercrime with a Bachelor of Science in Security and Strategic Intelligence offered through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies. Our robust curriculum includes the option to specialize in business continuity, global corporate security or strategic intelligence. 

You will learn industry best practices and the critical thinking skills needed for securing data and facilities against external threats. Students graduate with the security, intelligence, and computer information systems skills needed to compete for highly coveted positions in a burgeoning strategic intelligence market.

Curriculum Overview

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 120-credit degree program offers future and current leaders like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. With six accelerated, eight-week terms each year offered by SLU online, you can begin working toward your degree at any time, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals.

Careers

Business Continuity Track: Careers for graduates with a degree in security and strategic intelligence - business continuity track include business continuity planners, business intelligence analysts, business operations specialists, and emergency/risk managers.

Strategic Intelligence Track: Careers for graduates with a security and strategic intelligence degree - strategic intelligence track include intelligence analysts, investigators, intelligence officers, special agents, and criminal investigators.

Global Corporate Security TrackCareers for graduates with a degree in security and strategic intelligence - global corporate security track include security and asset managers, security management specialists, transportation security screeners, retail loss prevention specialists, loss prevention managers, and criminal investigators and special agents.

Admission Requirements

The School for Professional Studies welcomes adult learners whose educational journey has been interrupted by life's circumstances. This includes individuals with at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Delayed enrollment in post-secondary education
  • Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year
  • Works full-time (35 hours or more/week) while enrolled
  • Financial independence, has dependents other than a spouse, is a single parent, or has other demands that make traditional education less feasible

Application Requirements 

  • Work Experience: At least three years or the equivalent. Work experience may include a full-time/part-time job, internship, volunteer work, or comparable experiences.
  • Education: High school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250.
  • Coaching session: Successful completion of a meeting with an academic coach (this can be done virtually or on campus).
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance).
  • Transcript: An official transcript from the most recent institution attended.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need. The School for Professional Studies offers numerous scholarships and awards specially for new students.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA is available online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.

Active Military and Veterans and First Responders

Honorably discharged veterans, active-duty military members, reserve members and first responders qualify for a reduced tuition rate of $295 per credit hour for any undergraduate program offered through the School for Professional Studies.

  1. Graduates will be able to describe the cycle of intelligence and components of global security.
  2. Graduates will be able to use analytics to inform risk management decisions.
  3. Graduates will be able to integrate computer information systems with security and intelligence domains.
  4. Graduates will be able to analyze the global factors that impact security and strategic intelligence.
  5. Graduates will be able to distinguish between the professional, ethical, legal, security and social dimensions of a strategic intelligence plan.
Core Requirements39
Major Requirements30
SSI 1500
Foundations of Security and Strategic Intelligence
SSI 2000
Threat and Risk Assessment
SSI 3000
Coordination across Agencies, Organizations, and Departments
SSI 3100
Analytics in Security and Intelligence
SSI 3800
Trends in Strategic Security and Intelligence
SSI 4900
Security and Strategic Intelligence Capstone
CIS 1300
Information Systems and Technology
CIS 3150
Workplace Ethics
CIS 3250
Cybersecurity Principles
CIS 3300
Database Analysis and Design
Major electives6
CIS 4300
The Fundamentals of Computer Forensics
CIS 4600
Cyber Threats and Defense
CIS or SSI Elective
Concentrations (select one of the following)12
General electives33
Total Credits120

Business Continuity Concentration

Required Courses
SSI 3010Business Continuity and Impact Analysis3
SSI 3300Integrated Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance3
SSI 4090Resilience, Recovery and Contingency3
SSI 4500Financial & Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning3
Total Credits12

Strategic Intelligence Concentration

Required Courses
SSI 3020Intelligence and its Use in National & Corporate Security3
SSI 3200Terrorism: Causes, Tactics, and Mitigation3
SSI 4010Diplomacy and Foreign Policy3
SSI 4200Collection Assets and Capabilities3
Total Credits12

Global Corporate Security Concentration

Required Courses
SSI 3010Business Continuity and Impact Analysis3
SSI 3030Global Security Management3
SSI 3200Terrorism: Causes, Tactics, and Mitigation3
SSI 3600Tangible Asset Security3
Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA.

SPS Core Curriculum Requirements

Communication and Technology 9
PST 1500
Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner
CMMK 1210
Public Speaking in Org. Life
ENGL 4005
Business and Professional Writing
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 6
CIS 2700
Discrete Methods and Models
or CIS 2850
Principles of Data Analysis
PHIL 1055
Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
Ethics, Values & Spirituality 9
THEO 1005
Theological Foundations
PHIL 2055
Ethics
THEO/SPR
One additional THEO or SPR course
Engaging the Human Experience 15
HUM 2000
Ethics of Writing
HUM 1500
Engaging the Human Experience
One Humanities course
HUM 1930
Special Topics
ARTH 3805
Twentieth Century Art
ENGL 2025
Intro to Literary Study
ENGL 2605
Introduction to Short Fiction
ENGL 3295
American Literary Traditions: Special Topics
HIST 1115
Origins of the Modern World to 1500
HIST 1125
Origins of the Modern World, 1500 to Present
HIST 3485
U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1877
HIST 3635
The Saint Louis Region
PHIL 1055
Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
PHIL 3605
Science and Religion
SPR 3610
Spirituality: Work & Vocation
SPR 4810
Spirituality, Peace & Justice
THEO 2355
American Christianity
One Natural Science course
BIOL 1385
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 1405
Biology of Health and Disease
One Social Science course
POLS 1105
Introduction to American Politics
PSYK 1010
General Psychology
PST 1900
Survey of Economics
SOC 1105
Introduction to Sociology
One Diversity course
CIS 3150
Workplace Ethics
CMMK 3650
Professional Communication Between Cultures
PSYK 3330
Applied Personality
SOC 1105
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits39

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Fall 1  
PST 1500 Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner 3
SSI 1500 Foundations of Security and Strategic Intelligence 3
Fall 2  
CIS 1300 Information Systems and Technology 3
HUM 2000 Ethics of Writing 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
CIS 3250 Cybersecurity Principles 3
CMMK 1210 Public Speaking in Org. Life 3
Spring 2  
CIS 3300 Database Analysis and Design 3
ENGL 4005 Business and Professional Writing 3
 Credits12
Summer
HUM 1500 Engaging the Human Experience 3
PHIL 1055 Intro to Phil: Self & Reality 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
Fall 1  
SSI 2000 Threat and Risk Assessment 3
CIS 2700 Discrete Methods and Models 3
Fall 2  
SSI 3000 Coordination across Agencies, Organizations, and Departments 3
THEO 1005 Theological Foundations 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
PHIL 2055 Ethics 3
SSI Concentration 3
Spring 2  
SSI Concentration 3
THEO/SPR 3
 Credits12
Summer
CIS 3150 Workplace Ethics 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Credits6
Year Three
Fall
Fall 1  
SSI 3800 Trends in Strategic Security and Intelligence 3
Social Science Elective 3
Fall 2  
SSI 3100 Analytics in Security and Intelligence 3
Natural Science Elective 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
SSI Concentration 3
General Elective 3
Spring 2  
SSI Concentration 3
CIS or SSI Elective 3
 Credits12
Summer
CIS or SSI Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits6
Year Four
Fall
Fall 1  
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Fall 2  
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Spring 2  
SSI 4960 Security and Strategic Intelligence Capstone 3
General Elective 3
 Credits12
Summer
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits120

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email sps@slu.edu.

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