Michigan State University

Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis

Format: Online

Program Description:

Through Michigan State University's (MSU) online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis, criminal justice professionals can gain analytical skills to drive law enforcement operations at all levels of government.
Take your law enforcement career further with a mastery of the latest intelligence tools, ethical field research tactics and practical law enforcement methods.

•100% online
•30 credit hours
• 2 years full-time

•Curriculum Informed by the DOJ: The curriculum was built with the help of the DOJ to ensure that graduates gain the operational skills necessary to make an impact in the field.
•Industry-Leading Faculty: Taught by experts like Dr. David Carter, who helped to write the book(s) on law enforcement intelligence.
80-Year Legacy of Criminal Justice Education: MSU has educated criminal justice professionals since 1935, and this program draws on that long history of success.
•Top-Ranked Programs: MSU is ranked No. 10 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

With the comprehensive skills gained in the program, graduates can go on to pursue positions that include:

•Intelligence Analyst
$79,970 median annual salary1
•Federal Agent (FBI, DEA, DHS) $81,306 average annual salary2
•Anti-Money Laundering Investigator $61,737 median annual salary3


Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to:

•    Demonstrate knowledge of:
o    The intelligence community and its relationship to the law enforcement intelligence community
o    Legal authority and limitations on intelligence gathering and analysis
o    Ethical issues surrounding intelligence
o    Information sharing and the intelligence cycle
o    Critical thinking

•    Conduct research in the field ethically and according to civil rights law
•    Collect, query and manage data using applicable computer software
•    Conduct basic statistical analyses using applicable computer software
•    Write and brief effectively to practical audiences about the issues in the field


MSU's Office of Financial Aid strives to make our online degrees accessible and affordable. We can connect you with many forms of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, military benefits and more. FAFSA Federal ID: 002290


The online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis has the following admission requirements:

•    3.0 minimum GPA
•    Bachelor's degree in any field (or international equivalent)
•    No work experience required
•    Students with an undergraduate GPA at or below 3.2 are required to submit GRE scores
•    Personal statement
•    Three letters of recommendation
•    Official transcripts

1.     33-3021.06 - Intelligence Analysts. (n.d.). Retrieved December 20, 2018, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.06#WagesEmployment
2.    Average Special Agent (Federal) Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved December 20, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Special_Agent_(Federal)/Salary
3.    Glassdoor (2018). "Anti-Money Laundering Investigator Salaries." Retrieved December 20, 2018, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/aml-investigator-salary-SRCH_KO0,16.htm

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Fringe Rural Area

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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