University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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Graduate Certificate in Open Source Intelligence

The Graduate Certificate in Open Source Intelligence is designed specifically for enhancing open source skills and knowledge for national security work. The Graduate Certificate will emphasize collection planning, source evaluation, and structured analysis. It consists of 15 semester hours of study.

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Open Source Intelligence consists of five (5) required and elective courses for a total of 15 semester hours. Students can pursue the Graduate Certificate on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are scheduled conveniently on weekday evenings, intensively on Saturdays, and occasionally online to accommodate busy working professionals.

Admission Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Open Source Intelligence may be taken as a stand alone program of study or in combination with another graduate degree program offered within the university. Admissions requirements for the Graduate Certificate include the following:

1. Completion and submission of a graduate admissions application

2. Submission of official transcripts in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School

3. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the Graduate Certificate program.

Degree Plan

15 Credit Hours

Two (2) Required Courses
Intro to Intelligence Analysis
Open Source Intel Analysis (Three (3) Elective Courses )
Three (3) Elective Courses
Information Operations
Propaganda and Influence Ops
Intelligence and Information
Commercial Imagery
Social Media Intelligence
Geospatial Intelligence
*Relevant graduate coursework from other departments and programs will be accepted toward the elective course requirement with approval from the Director.