International Relations (M.S.) - Intelligence

International Relations (M.S.) - Intelligence

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
INTL 500Fundamentals of International Relations3
INTL 502Global Governance3
PPOG 506Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy3
PPOG 641U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy3
PPOL 650International Law, Policy, and Politics3
PPOL 652U.S. Foreign Policy and Sovereignty Issues3
PSCI 600Comparative Politics3
Total Hours21
Intelligence Cognate
GOVT 502Governing Mission Resources 3
GOVT 503Contracts and Budget Management for Intelligence Professionals3
GOVT 504Ethical Leadership and the Intelligence Mission3
Total Hours9
Thesis or Elective Courses 1,2
INTL 688Thesis Proposal3
INTL 689Thesis Research 33
INTL 690Thesis Defense 40
Total Hours6

Choose from the following courses: Any 500-600 level course offered by the Helms School of Government. Other 500-600 level courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis


Students may take two elective courses1 instead of INTL 688, INTL 689, & INTL 690.


While INTL 689 may be taken more than once, only one enrollment in the course will be permitted to count toward degree requirements


Any thesis student who is not ready for enrollment in INTL 690 after completing INTL 689 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis chair, to repeat INTL 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in INTL 690

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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