The online Criminal Intelligence Analysis (CIA) B.S. prepares students for successful careers in the data-driven, evidence-based field of criminal justice. Criminal intelligence involves the analysis and presentation of crime data with the intent of guiding decision making and public policy. This Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP), impacts all aspects of law enforcement, from patrol to investigations.

Total credits required for the degree: 120

The online BS in Criminal Intelligence Analysis curriculum has expanded to allow both first-time freshmen, as well as students with some college credit to apply.

The program is designed for working professionals who are completing this BS CIA program on a part-time basis taking 6 credits a semester (2 classes). The length of time students take to complete the 120 credit hours required to earn the degree, depends on the number of credits transferred in, as well as other factors such as credit load each semester. Students may be able to take more classes per semester with permission from the Program Director.

Program Benefits

The Online BS CIA program prepares students who have a passion for law enforcement but do not desire to be a traditional police officer, to compete and excel in the contemporary crime-control job market. Students gain skills in crime mapping, tactical crime analysis, criminal investigative analysis, and geographic profiling and learn how to:

  • Analyze Quantitative and Qualitative evidence pertaining to crime;
  • Locate, assess, analyze, and present data;
  • Use technology effectively - a series of hands-on courses prepare students to use social networking, geospatial, and other data analysis tools;
  • Employ critical thinking skills and effective communication.

Preparation for Industry Certifications

    • Completing your online criminal intelligence analyst degree helps prepare students for the Certified Crime Analyst exam in NY.
    • Also builds the foundation in education and work experience you need to become a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst through the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA).
    • Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) through the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.

Career Outlook

Graduates will possess a competitive advantage due to the data-heavy curricular components that are strongly tied to a variety of realistic career paths that are increasingly in demand.

    • About 25% of law enforcement agencies are supported by dedicated crime analysts and this number is growing.
    • There are now 14 NYS Crime Analysis Centers in New York State alone.

Admission Criteria

  • Official Transcripts.
    • Official final high school transcripts (with graduation date) are required for all transfer students unless you have earned an associate's degree or higher.
    • If you are entering with an associate's degree or transferring a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college, your general education requirements are considered complete.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 for any College transfer credit and 3.0 for a high school transcript.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Letter of Recommendation (LOR).
Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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