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Public Administration and Justice Studies

Intelligence Studies, Undergraduate Certificate

The Intelligence Studies certifcate prepares current and aspiring police officers, security professionals and intelligence practritioners to legally collect, analyze and disseminate intelligence information for the purpose of anticipating crime trends and proactively creating prevention strategies, while simultaneously respecting the rights of citizens.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Intelligence Studies?

Developed by law enforcement intelligence professionals, the Intelligence Studies certificate focuses on educating students to effectively identify, collect, and share intelligence information in a police organization.
Students who successfully complete the certificate will understand the methods for using intelligence to solve crimes and address counter-terrorism efforts.  Those students who are also in law enforcement will be able to pursue intelligence-related policing assignments, such as the Intelligence Officer program.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

Students with practitioner experience and the intelligence studies certificate can pursue the following career opportunities:

  • Intelligence-related assignments in law enforcement, the courts and corrections
  • Position as an intelligence officer


University Requirements

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Some online/blended coursework Required


Certificate Requirements
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate. Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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