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Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis

Master of Science

Online

Course Delivery

30

Total Credits

$22,350

Tuition

2 Years

Minimum Duration


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 
  • Intelligence Analyst: $81,920 median annual salary 

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.

Sources:
1) Paysa (2018 May 2). Criminal Research Analyst Salaries. Retrieved August 13, 2019, from https://www.paysa.com/salaries/criminal-research-analyst--t.
2) O*Net Online (2018) 33-3021.06 - Intelligence Analysts. Retrieved August 13, 2019 from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.06#WagesEmployment.


A Top-Ranked Education

A top-ranked education with a global impact. By learning from the best, our students establish themselves as leaders in the ever-changing world. 

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021

  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021
David Carter Headshot

Dr. David L. Carter

Director of Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice program founder and director Dr. David L. Carter is an internationally recognized author and law enforcement intelligence expert with more than 45 years of experience as a police officer, trainer, consultant and professor. Dr. Carter also serves in advisory roles for the FBI National Academy and the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.

Course Information

 

Core

CJ 802 - Proseminar in Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations (3 Credits)
CJ 811 - Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice Research (3 Credits)
CJ 837 - Intelligence Process and Counterterrorism (3 Credits)
CJ 870 - Introduction to Crime Analysis (3 Credits)
CJ 897 - Comprehensive Threat Assessment (3 Credits)

Elective

CJ 801 - Crime Causation Prevention and Control (3 Credits)
CJ 803 - Foundations in Homeland Security (3 Credits)
CJ 810 - Proseminar in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
CJ 822 - Comparative Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
CJ 823 - Globalization of Crime (3 Credits)
CJ 838 - Issues in Terrorism (3 Credits)
CJ 839 - Analytic Thinking and Intelligence (3 Credits)
CJ 871 - Advanced Crime Analysis (3 Credits)
CJ 872 - Open Source Information Analysis (3 Credits)
GEO 802 - Geospatial Technology (3 Credits)

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree in any field (or international equivalent)
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Taken the GRE
  • A written personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

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

Key Dates

Fall

Application Deadline

July 15th

Spring 

Application Deadline

October 30th

Summer

Application Deadline

February 1st

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$22,350
$22,350

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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 
  • Intelligence Analyst: $81,920 median annual salary 

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.

Sources:
1) Paysa (2018 May 2). Criminal Research Analyst Salaries. Retrieved August 13, 2019, from https://www.paysa.com/salaries/criminal-research-analyst--t.
2) O*Net Online (2018) 33-3021.06 - Intelligence Analysts. Retrieved August 13, 2019 from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.06#WagesEmployment.


A Top-Ranked Education

A top-ranked education with a global impact. By learning from the best, our students establish themselves as leaders in the ever-changing world. 

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021

  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021
David Carter Headshot

Dr. David L. Carter

Director of Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice program founder and director Dr. David L. Carter is an internationally recognized author and law enforcement intelligence expert with more than 45 years of experience as a police officer, trainer, consultant and professor. Dr. Carter also serves in advisory roles for the FBI National Academy and the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.

Course Information

 

Core

CJ 802 - Proseminar in Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations (3 Credits)
CJ 811 - Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice Research (3 Credits)
CJ 837 - Intelligence Process and Counterterrorism (3 Credits)
CJ 870 - Introduction to Crime Analysis (3 Credits)
CJ 897 - Comprehensive Threat Assessment (3 Credits)

Elective

CJ 801 - Crime Causation Prevention and Control (3 Credits)
CJ 803 - Foundations in Homeland Security (3 Credits)
CJ 810 - Proseminar in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
CJ 822 - Comparative Criminal Justice (3 Credits)
CJ 823 - Globalization of Crime (3 Credits)
CJ 838 - Issues in Terrorism (3 Credits)
CJ 839 - Analytic Thinking and Intelligence (3 Credits)
CJ 871 - Advanced Crime Analysis (3 Credits)
CJ 872 - Open Source Information Analysis (3 Credits)
GEO 802 - Geospatial Technology (3 Credits)

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree in any field (or international equivalent)
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Taken the GRE
  • A written personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

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

Key Dates

Fall

Application Deadline

July 15th

Spring 

Application Deadline

October 30th

Summer

Application Deadline

February 1st

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$22,350
$22,350

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

The MSU Value Promise

You can be ensured a return on your investment at Michigan State University.

As one of the top research universities in the world, Michigan State University has advanced the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years.

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MSU has been offering online degree programs for over 20 years. Our maturity is evident in the high quality of the learning experience enjoyed by our online students.

MSU provides programs and initiatives that support and enhance diversity. We will expand our campus and external partnerships to put in place inclusive recruitment and retention practices. We nurture and promote individuals’ varied experiences and perspectives, ensuring structures and processes make possible full participation by all members of our community.

MSU actively collaborates with campus and external partners to innovate across all dimensions of graduate education. We create and support networks that increase collaboration and improve educational opportunities for our online students.

MSU’s nationally recognized online programs foster student growth and well-being throughout their academic career. We will expand inclusive mentoring practices and accelerate improvement across units to implement evidence-based practices to ensure our students complete successfully.

Continuing education can be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences you undertake in your life. We hope you consider becoming a Spartan, to learn online and reach your career goals. With highly ranked online programs and exceptional professors, we educate students who advance the common good with uncommon will.