Security and Strategic Intelligence, Certificate

As of August 6, 2021, this program is no longer accepting applications.

Gain a competitive edge while studying relevant and timely intelligence topics including terrorism, homeland security, and cybercrime by earning a certificate in security and strategic intelligence through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies. Specialize in one of three concentrations: business continuity, global corporate security, or strategic intelligence. 

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 18-credith program offers forward-thinking students like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. With six start terms each year through SLU Online, you can begin working toward your degree at any time. All courses are offered entirely online in eight-week terms, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals.


Competencies gained through the certificate are focused on developing a portable set of knowledge and skills that include how to be a leader in your current job, your future job and all areas of your life. Graduates of the certificate program will be prepared to pursue positions such as:

  • Intelligence Officer/Intelligence Specialist
  • Special Agent
  • Social Networking Link Analyst
  • Command Information Officer/Interagency Coordination Officer

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

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at

  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.
Required Courses
SSI 1500Foundations of Security and Strategic Intelligence3
SSI 3010Business Continuity and Impact Analysis3
CIS 3300Database Analysis and Design3
Security & Strategic Intelligence Course
SSI 2000Threat and Risk Assessment3
or SSI 3000 Coordination across Agencies, Organizations, and Departments
or SSI 3100 Analytics in Security and Intelligence
Computer Information Systems Course
CIS 4600Cyber Threats and Defense3
or CIS 4300 The Fundamentals of Computer Forensics
Select one of the following specializations:3
Business Continuity Specialization
Integrated Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance
Resilience, Recovery and Contingency
Financial & Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning
Global Corporate Security Specialization
Tangible Asset Security
Financial & Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning
Strategic Intelligence Specialization
Intelligence and its Use in National & Corporate Security
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
Collection Assets and Capabilities
Total Credits18

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA.

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email