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Program Overview

Immerse yourself in a curriculum informed by the Department of Justice with Michigan State University's online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis (LEIA) program.

Throughout the 10-course program, you will work alongside subject matter experts learning to conduct ethical field research, use cutting-edge surveillance software, and leverage the intelligence cycle and critical data to make a visible impact in criminal justice.

The LEIA program was founded by Dr. David L. Carter, an internationally recognized author, expert and pioneer in the field of law enforcement intelligence. Faculty are comprised of working professionals in such areas as policing, counterterrorism, intelligence and other related fields.

Program Outcomes

By the time you graduate from the LEIA program, you will be prepared to:

  • Understand how to maximize the unique relationship between law enforcement and the intelligence community
  • Use contemporary information-sharing practices and the intelligence cycle
  • Conduct research in the field legally and ethically
  • Collect, query and manage data using applicable computer software
  • Report on results of intelligence analysis to stakeholders and other audiences

Career Outlook

In a minimum of two years, you will gain up-to-date analytical skills that are readily applicable to service in the public or private sector.

You will be prepared to build a distinguished career in top roles with strong median salaries such as: 

  • Crime Analyst: $96,049 average annual salary 1
  • AntiMoney Laundering Investigator: $77,400 average annual salary 2
  • Intelligence Analyst: $81,920 median annual salary 3

As you prepare to graduate, you'll be able to explore field placement opportunities and partnerships with such organizations as the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center, the MSU Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and more. You will also benefit from Michigan State University's wide-ranging alumni network.


1.Paysa (2018 May 2). Criminal Research Analyst Salaries. Retrieved August 13, 2019, from
2.Glassdoor (2019 January 24). Anti-Money Laundering Investigator Salaries. Retrieved August 13, 2019, from,34.htm.
3.O*Net Online (2018) 33-3021.06 - Intelligence Analysts. Retrieved August 13, 2019 from



  • CJ 802Proseminar in Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations3 Credits
  • CJ 811Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice Research3 Credits
  • CJ 837Intelligence Process and Counterterrorism3 Credits
  • CJ 870Introduction to Crime Analysis3 Credits
  • CJ 897Comprehensive Threat Assessment3 Credits


  • CJ 801Crime Causation Prevention and Control3 Credits
  • CJ 803Foundations in Homeland Security3 Credits
  • CJ 810Proseminar in Criminal Justice 3 Credits
  • CJ 822Comparative Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJ 823Globalization of Crime3 Credits
  • CJ 838Issues in Terrorism3 Credits
  • CJ 839Analytic Thinking and Intelligence3 Credits
  • CJ 871Advanced Crime Analysis3 Credits
  • CJ 872Open Source Information Analysis3 Credits
  • GEO 802Geospatial Technology3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor’s degree in any field (or international equivalent) 3.0 minimum GPA

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Taken the GRE
  4. A written personal statement

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

    3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 7673) GRE required for students with an undergraduate GPA below 3.2

We accept applications throughout the year. Application deadlines are: February 1 - Summer or Fall May 15 and July 15 - Fall September 1 and October 30 - Spring

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Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $22,350
  • Total


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