Security and Strategic Intelligence

Saint Louis University’s Bachelor of Science in security and strategic intelligence offers you an understanding of the intelligence cycle and its impact on global security.

Security and strategic intelligence

Major in Security and Strategic Intelligence

Use analytics to effectively assess, mitigate and manage current and future threats to security. You’ll also learn to effectively integrate computer information systems into your work and improve communication between analysts and decision makers.

This program can be completed fully online without coming to the St. Louis campus.

Offered through our School for Professional Studies, SLU’s bachelor's degree in security and strategic intelligence is an accelerated, 120-credit hour program that allows students to specialize in one of three tracks:

Business Continuity

Study issues related to preparation, protection, response, recovery and mitigation of issues within for-profit, nonprofit and government organizations. You’ll gain the skills necessary to develop comprehensive business continuity processes for their organizations that focus on preparation, protection, response, recovery and mitigation. Gainful Employment Disclosure

Core Courses:
  • SSI 3010: Business Continuity and Impact Analysis
  • SSI 3300: Integrated Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance
  • SSI 4090: Resilience, Recovery and Contingency
  • SSI 4500: Financial and Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning

Strategic Intelligence

Examine issues related to the collection and use of intelligence with an emphasis on both national and corporate security. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of policy and asset issues that can affect intelligence effectiveness and how various threats to security can be mitigated through the effective use of intelligence. Gainful Employment Disclosure

Core courses:
  • SSI 3020: Intelligence and its Use in National and Corporate Security
  • SSI 3200: Terrorism: Causes, Tactics and Mitigation
  • SSI 4010: Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • SSI 4200: Collection Assets and Capabilities

Global Corporate Security

Learn more about issues related to security within the for-profit sector and gain an understanding of the issues and financial considerations involved in securing human, tangible and data assets. You’ll graduate prepared to take over roles in any of the those security areas. Gainful Employment Disclosure

Core Courses:
  • SSI 3030: Global Security Management
  • SSI 3600: Tangible Asset Security
  • CIS 4150: Cyber Security and Governance of Data
  • SSI 4500: Financial and Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning

Minor in Security and Strategic Intelligence

Students who are already pursuing a degree within SLU’s School for Professional Studies may combine their major with this 18-credit hour program for a minor in security and strategic intelligence.

Security and Strategic Intelligence Certificate

If you've already obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, or if you meet the prerequisites, SLU offers a stand-alone certificate in security and strategic intelligence that can be pursued entirely online. Gainful Employment Disclosure

Curriculum for B.S.

Core Curriculum: 48 credits

SSI Core Classes: 33 credits

  • SSI 1500: Foundations of Security and Strategic Intelligence
  • SSI 2000: Threat and Risk Assessment
  • SSI 3000: Coordination Across Agencies, Organizations and Departments
  • SSI 3100: Analytics in Security and Intelligence
  • SSI 3800: Trends in Security and Strategic Intelligence
  • SSI 4900: Security and Strategic Intelligence Capstone (Senior Status)
  • CIS 3150: Computing in Society
  • CIS 3300: Database Analysis and Design
  • CIS 3600: Networking and Telecommunications I

Students will also choose two of the following:

  • CIS 4150 Cyber Security and the Governance of Data
  • CIS 4300 Fundamentals of Computer Forensics
  • CIS 4600 Information Assurance and Security

SSI concentration of your choice from above (business continuity, strategic intelligence or global corporate security: 12 credits 

General Electives: 27 credits

Total credit hours for a B.S. in Security and Strategic Intelligence: 120 


Careers for graduates with a business continuity degree in security and strategic intelligence include business continuity planners, business intelligence analysts, business operations specialists and emergency/risk managers.

Careers for graduates with a strategic intelligence degree in security and strategic intelligence include business intelligence analysts, private detectives and investigators, computer and information systems managers and criminal investigators.

Careers for graduates with a global corporate security degree in security and strategic intelligence include security and asset managers, security management specialists, transportation security screeners, retail loss prevention specialists, loss prevention managers, and criminal investigators and special agents.


Faculty in the SSI program include leading experts from government, military, law and the private sector. Students learn from real-world practitioners and are able to apply their coursework directly to the challenges in the organizations they serve.

  • Joe Lyons, Ph.D.
Tuition and Fees

$640/ Credit Hour

$25.00 Technology Fee

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Applicant Criteria

Students interested in studying security and strategic intelligence at SLU must apply directly to the School for Professional Studies. Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at least one month before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll.

To be eligible for admission, School for Professional Studies students must be at least 22 years old (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). Students must have a high school diploma or a GED composite score of at least 2250, and have at least three years of work experience or the equivalent. Students must also successfully complete an admission meeting with a SPS admissions counselor.

Additional Certification

Earn Credit through SLU's Workforce Center

Students in SLU’s security and strategic intelligence program may also take applicable IT certification courses through the Workforce Center at SLU. You'll receive dual credit in your degree program, allowing  you to customize your studies and graduate with a degree, as well as industry certifications.