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Key Highlights of the Program

  • Offers integrated curriculum of intelligence, strategic cyber, and security studies
  • 8 week intensive courses
  • Distance education for most of the course work
  • Internationally respected content expert faculty

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The application for this program opens August 1, 2021.


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Craig Albert, PhD
Program Director


The Master of Arts in Intelligence & Security Studies (MAISS) is designed to teach students both the theoretical as well as the practical content of intelligence, cybersecurity (to include cyberwar and cyberterrorism), traditional notions of national and international security (including the causes and prevention of war), terrorism and counterterrorism, ethnic conflict and political violence, and national defense and grand strategy.

The MAISS program  is 80-90% online, and offers exciting hybrid opportunities including Zoom classes; Microsoft Teams office hours, and computer simulations designed to test how a student would perform in a war-based scenario.

Most courses are offered in 8 week semesters. The program is intended to serve as the Master level education for students interested in pursuing a PhD in a related field, and for professional analysts, military and defense department personnel, and those interested in homeland security.

Meet The Program Director

Jie Chen, PhD  Program Director

"Our program is one of a kind because it is student-centered with the three central themes of the program: intelligence; strategic cybersecurity; and security studies. When you are admitted into MAISS, you are admitted into my extended family and I work to make sure your academic plan will help you reach your future goals!"
 Craig Albert, PhD

Student Profile | Kim Toler


Kim Toler

"AU is one of the only schools in the world that offers a Master in Intelligence and Security Studies. Augusta is becoming a big place for cyber and there are a lot of government agencies in the area. In my opinion, AU is the best university to pursue further education if you want to get into any of those fields." - Kim Toler

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