Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Security & Intelligence Studies (SIS)

The purpose of the post-baccalaureate Certificate program in Security & Intelligence Studies (SIS) is to improve the racial/ethnic diversity of the Intelligence community.  This certificate is to educate individuals in the area of intelligence and security and to prepare CSU students for employment and career opportunities in intelligence and national security agencies. This program is offered and supported by the Information Studies Department and its Center for Information & Security Education and Research (CINSER) at Chicago State University: cinser@csu.edu. The certificate is an ideal complement to other graduate programs offered at Chicago State University. It also offers graduates a wide range of professional possibilities. For information about program costs, employment, and other information, click here for gainful employment.

Department Chairperson: Kimberly Black
Graduate Program Advisor: Kimberly Black
Graduate Faculty: Mark Roth and Jon Patterson

The Information Studies department houses several programs related to applied information and communications management and technology. The department offers several programs that prepare individuals to work in the information professions: the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS), the Master of Science in Technology and Performance Improvement Studies (MSTPIS), Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Archives and Records Management (ARM), Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Telecommunications Management, Library Information Specialist Endorsement for licensed teachers, and the Education Technology Specialist Endorsement for licensed teachers. There also are two undergraduate minor concentrations – the Information Technology (IT) minor and the interdisciplinary Security and Intelligence Studies (SIS) minor.

The programs in Information Studies are ideal for working professionals who want to make a career change. The programs are offered via the online course delivery format which afford flexibility in scheduling. The graduate programs can be completed by individuals who have earned an accredited bachelor’s degree in virtually any field.

General Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the certificate program, students must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate programs at Chicago State University, which includes attainment of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a 3.0 GPA or better in the last 60 hours at the undergraduate level. A maximum of two graduate courses (6 semester hours) from another institution can be transferred into the certificate program. Students may pursue the certificate separately or in conjunction with the Master of Science in Technology and Performance Improvement Studies or Library and Information Science degree, or MA in Geography/GIS with GIS concentration.

Specific Requirements

Core Course (9 credit hours)SIS 5050: The Intelligence CommunitySIS 5060: Collection and Use of Intelligence InformationSIS 5070-: Intelligence Analysis and Security

Program Options (12 credit hours) - Choose One Option

Option 1- Language+

12 credit hours of a foreign language and cultural immersion experience (Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, or a foreign language approved by the CSU’s IC CAE): 6 credit hours must be from the Study Abroad undergraduate language/cultural immersion courses (SAB 5980 - Pass or Fail) OR 6 credit hours of two approved courses from the following options (2, 3, or 4).

Option 2 – Cybersecurity+

TPS 5070:  Informatics Essentials
TPS 5600:  Applied Cybersecurity
TPS 5605:  Applied Ethical Hacking
1 course from Option 3 (Geospatial Intelligence+) or Option 4 (Information Analytics+)

Option 3 – Geospatial Intelligence+

GEOG 5805: GIS for Homeland Security
GEOG 5820: Environmental Remote Sensing
GEOG 5840:  Advanced Remote Sensing
1 course from Option 2 (Cybersecurity+) or Option 4 (Information Analytics+)

Option 4 – Information Analytics+

LIS 5510: Database Design for Information Storage and Retrieval
LIS 5580:  Introduction to Information Analytics
LIS 5590:  Introduction to Information Visualization
1 course from Option 2 (Cybersecurity+) or Option 3 (Geospatial Intelligence+)

Required Internship (3 credit hours)

SIS 5990: Internship in Intelligence

Additional Information about This Program

The SIS graduate certificate is a 24-credit hour program consisting of three core courses (9 credit hours), four concentration-option courses (12 credit hours), and an internship (3 credit hours).  The certificate offers four specialization options. Three of the options (Cybersecurity+, Geospatial Intelligence+, and Information Analytics+) can be completed completely online. One option (Languages+) is a combination of online and campus-based courses.  Each certificate option includes at least one elective course from one of the other options.

Students who select the Language+ option are required to take 6 credit hours of a foreign language (Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, or a foreign language deemed critical by the US intelligence community and approved by the CSU’s IC CAE) at CSU and 6 credit hours of culture-sequence courses taken abroad in the host country of the CINSER’s Study Abroad program.  Students who are native in one of the languages which are sponsored by CINSER can test out of one or both of the introductory language courses offered at CSU.  The CINSER’s Study Abroad program will involve an intensive 4-8 weeks of curricular and co-curricular activities are equivalent to two courses. The program is expected to immerse our students into the language/culture of the host country.

In order to satisfy certificate requirements, all work must be completed within a three-year period. The certificate can only be awarded to candidates who have achieved a 3.0 or above cumulative grade point average in all required and elective courses applied toward the certificate. Graduate credits earned in a graduate certificate program may be applied toward a subsequent master’s degree with specific consent by the program.