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Military Intelligence Degrees

December 6, 2012

In each branch of the US military, there are a certain number of intelligence personnel. There are educational requirements in order to be advanced in intelligence personnel. There are a variety of degree programs for an associate's or bachelor's degree in intelligence which can help you advance in intelligence. The highest level of education available in intelligence are the master's and doctorate degrees which is preferred for advancing out of junior office ranks.

Associate Degree

The lowest level of degree available in intelligence is the associate's degree. This degree will be beneficial for anyone not wanting to spend more than a couple of years in college. The credits from obtaining your associate degree are also transferrable which can help you get a bachelor's degree if you decide to advance your education at a later date. A variety of colleges in the US offer coursework and degrees at the associate level in intelligence.

Bachelor's Degree

The next level of degree for intelligence is the bachelor's degree. This is a four-year degree and one of the more common intelligence degrees for military personnel. You can either obtain your associate degree first and transfer to a four-year college or begin your college education with the goal of getting a bachelor's degree. It will take between 4 and 6 years to get your bachelor's degree in intelligence, depending on how often you can attend classes or how long your online coursework takes to complete. The bachelor's degree in intelligence has about 42 courses in different topics including interrogation and illicit finance.

Master's Degree

You can also further your education and get a master's degree, which is the preferred degree for high level intelligence offers in the military. This will be a master of science degree or master or arts degree in intelligence. The master of science degree relates more toward foreign language and technical requirement. The pre-requisite for a master's degree is a bachelor's degree, though it doesn't have to be in intelligence. If after completing your bachelor's, you decide to continue with your college education, you can transfer the credits to a higher level degree.


Finally, there is a doctoral degree in intelligence which will give you a Ph.D. However, there are only a few colleges and programs in the country offering this advanced degree en intelligence. If you are stationed in a state not offering the program and they don't have online courses, it may not be available to you right now. Contact your college adviser after getting your bachelor's or master's degree to find out more about the doctorate in intelligence.

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