Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis

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Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis

Advance public safety and security through enhanced intelligence.

The 30-credit, online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis from Michigan State University (MSU) prepares you to collect, analyze and interpret critical intelligence so you can employ data-driven decision-making strategies in law enforcement operations.

Experience a curriculum informed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and master the latest intelligence tools, ethical field-research tactics and practical law enforcement methods. In two years, you'll graduate ready to make an impact in any criminal justice setting.

You can also choose to complete MSU's 15-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security along with your degree program. The one-year certificate helps you gain the leading edge in your law enforcement or intelligence career by giving you an introduction to cybercrime and digital forensic investigation in a fully online format. First, you'll explore various examples of cybercrime such as computer hacking, fraud, social media messaging campaigns and cyberterrorism. Then, you'll practice combating cyber threats by utilizing appropriate forensic techniques.

Take advantage of high-earning opportunities in the field.

As criminal justice organizations gather and utilize more intelligence data to fight crime, opportunities for professionals with tactical intelligence expertise will continue to grow. According to O*NET, employment for Intelligence Analysts is expected to grow between five and nine percent by 2026, with a median annual salary of $79,970 in 2017.1

Prepare to pursue positions like:



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Criminal Research Analyst


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Anti-Money Laundering


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Go beyond theory.

Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the relationship between law enforcement and the intelligence community can be used to its fullest potential
  • Understand and utilize information sharing and the intelligence cycle
  • Conduct research in the field ethically and according to civil rights law
  • Collect, query and manage data using applicable computer software
  • Report on results of intelligence analysis to practical audiences

Why MSU Online?

  • A curriculum informed by the DOJ
  • An 80-year legacy of criminal justice education
  • Faculty led by Dr. David Carter, an internationally recognized author and law enforcement intelligence expert
  • No. 3 Best Online Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans – U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • No. 4 Best Online Master’s in Law Enforcement Administration – BestColleges, 2019
  • No. 5 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs – U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • No. 10 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs and No. 1 in the Reputation (Expert Opinion) category – U.S. News & World Report, 2019 & 2020
  • No. 85 Best National University – U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Let’s get started.

Apply to MSU's online Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis or Cyber Criminology and Cyber Security Graduate Certificate to analyze information, translate your findings for decision-makers and advance your career in this vital field.

For additional information, please use the form on this page or call 833-725-1354 (toll-free) to speak with a program manager.



1O*Net Online (2018) 33-3021.06 - Intelligence Analysts. (n.d.). Retrieved December 20, 2018, from
2ZipRecruiter (2018). "Average Salary of Criminal Analyst Jobs." Retrieved December 20, 2018 from
3Glassdoor (2021). "Criminal Research Analyst Salaries." Retrieved March 4, 2021 from,25.htm,25.htm
4ZipRecruiter (2018). "Average Salary of Federal Agent Jobs." Retrieved December 21, 2018 from
5Glassdoor (2018). "Anti-Money Laundering Investigator Salaries." Retrieved December 20, 2018, from,16.htm,16.htm