Graduate Certificate in Open Source Intelligence

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Graduate Certificate in Open Source Intelligence at a Glance


Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is at the forefront of data collection, analysis and decision-making. Unthinkable 20 years ago, the internet has revolutionized OSINT collection. Governments, businesses, and private individuals use OSINT techniques to collect a fantastic amount of information for analysis. The OSINT graduate certificate at Tulane SoPA will incorporate a systems approach relevant to the diverse field connected to open-source information. Courses focus on practical applications including information collections and techniques, information analysis, ethics, and information operations.



Earn your graduate certificate in just four courses or 12 credit hours.



Nationally recognized faculty who practice what they teach and help you succeed beyond the classroom.



Flexible online courses that match your schedule. Accelerate your career without putting your life on pause.



Course credit for experience and 20% tuition discounts available.



Rolling admissions. No test scores. No recommendations. Four start dates. We make the admission process easy.

Open Source Intelligence Certificate Requirements

Our certificate program includes courses in the operations, techniques, analysis, and ethics of data collection. Below are the four required courses to complete the program:

Upgrade to a Master's in Homeland Security Studies

All credits earned in pursuing this graduate-level “stackable” intelligence certificate may be applied to our Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security Studies. This degree is offered completely online, allowing you access to graduate-level coursework from anywhere in the world without sacrificing your other responsibilities. If you would like to pursue an MPS degree and apply your certificate towards the degree completion, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Michael Wallace, for next steps. Take a look at our YouTube playlist to browse some of the different roles you can play in upholding our national security measures.

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Your Career in Open Source Intelligence and Homeland Security

The US Director of National Intelligence (USDNI) careers website lists education in intelligence studies for those interested in either intelligence analysis or intelligence collection careers. The Tulane Homeland Security Studies (HMLS) Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program has graduates working in the US Intelligence Community, state, and local agencies, as well as with private industry. Governments primarily use open-source intelligence to reduce expensive intelligence collection budgets. Businesses conduct scientific and technical research, identify investment opportunities, and conduct market and future trends studies to enhance decision-making using open-source methods and analysis. Private citizens can and have used OSINT to investigate human rights violations, war crimes, and genocides.

Faculty Who Practice What They Teach

By day, our professors are leaders in the fields of intelligence, security, and emergency response. They bring their daily experience to the classroom to ensure you are learning real-world professional skills to further your career. Industry leaders serving on program advisory boards ensure faculty teach relevant curriculum connected to the real-world.

Create a Schedule That Works for You

Going back to school is no small feat—this is why SoPA offers flexible online programs that allow students to create a schedule that fits their lifestyle. Whether you're working full-time, managing a household, or unable to commute, SoPA will help create possibilities for you that seemed completely out of reach before. You'll have the versatility and convenience to study on your time and from any location, with the support of career advisors and numerous student resources.

Tulane School of Professional Advancement is a Silver Award Military Friendly® recipient, and our Office of Veterans Affairs is committed to your success and can connect military students to educational benefits, learning resources, and financial aid. See what's possible with Tulane SoPA and start your application today.

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