About NIU

The National Intelligence University is the Intelligence Community’s sole accredited, federal degree-granting institution. The main campus is located in Bethesda, MD and it also has Academic Centers located around the world. The faculty of NIU are subject matter experts from around the intelligence community who bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience, as well as academic qualifications, to the classroom.

The NIU is a unique and technologically advanced university that focuses on the profession of intelligence and is the only institution of higher education in the nation that allows its students to study and complete research in the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) arena.  The University is committed to offering and continuously maintaining an in-depth curriculum intended to enhance the desired analytical skills and competencies of intelligence analysis to include critical thinking, communications, engagement and leadership.  The NIU’s success is measured through its graduates, many of whom have gone on to serve as directors of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, service and Combatant Command J-2’s, the Director of National Intelligence, and other important posts.

The staff and faculty at NIU work closely with a professionally diverse student population to provide a challenging and rewarding educational experience that culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Intelligence Degree, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence Degree, a Master of Science and Technology Intelligence Degree, and Graduate Certificates in Intelligence Studies.

The NIU Vision

The Center of Academic Life for the Intelligence Community – preparing today’s Intelligence Community leaders for tomorrow’s challenges.

The NIU Mission

The National Intelligence University (NIU) advances the intelligence profession through a holistic, integrative, contextual approach to education that promotes dynamic teaching, engaged learning, original research, academic outreach, analytical problem solving, rigorous research methods, collaborative processes, and lifelong learning.

NIU’s Strategic Goals

  • Develop strategic leaders capable of objectivity and critical thinking, in an academic environment that fosters a comprehensive understanding of the Intelligence Community.
  • Produce and publish value-added research that develops analytical and creative thinking skills, contributes to the intelligence mission, and sparks innovation.
  • Serve as an academic catalyst for national and international Intelligence Community engagement.
  • Enhance the integration of the Intelligence Community through personal and professional relationships established in university programs.