Apply to the Bachelor of Science in Intelligence (BSI)

The Bachelor of Science in Intelligence (BSI) degree focuses on core intelligence concepts, issues and methods. This fourth-year program enables students to become a true professional on issues of national-level intelligence and its consumer. Learn More

Program Formats

The BSI is full-time at the Main Campus as a full-time program that spans 11 months, starting in August and ending in July. Students enroll in five daytime classes per quarter.

Application Process for BSI

First, ensure you meet eligibility requirements. Then, applicants must provide the following materials by the posted deadline:

  1.  A completed NIU Degree-Seeking Application.
  2. Nomination from your agency training office of branch or service detailer/branch manager/function manager.
  3. A Statement of Purpose (500-word unclassified essay-typed and double spaced) explaining:Your motivation for pursuing undergraduate study in intelligence; Your professional goals and objectives; and what you achieved in your education or career that enhances your capabilities to undertake a degree-completion program.
  4. Transcripts from ALL post-secondary education sent directly to the NIU Admissions Office from your academic institutions. The transcripts may be mailed or emailed to Include:High school/GED transcript
  5. Transcripts from each regionally-accredited institution you attended
  6. Service transcripts: Air Force (CCAF); Joint Services transcript (Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines); DoD school transcripts, Defense Language Institute, National Cryptological School, etc.
    Test Scores need to be sent directly to the NIU Admissions Office from the testing institution, such as:

    • CLEP exams (NIU Code 7542)
    • DSST exams (NIU Code 9442)
    • Excelsior College exams
    • Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPT)

Send Admissions Material To:

Defense Intelligence Agency
Attn: 7400 Pentagon
NIU 1-A, Office of Enrollment Services
Washington, DC 20301-7400
Fax: (301) 227-7067

Admissions Decisions

The NIU admissions staff will advise applicants of the status of their application package upon requests. As a general rule, full-time applicants will receive a final answer within six to eight weeks after the application deadline.

BSI NIU Transfer Credit Policy

NIU accepts undergraduate transfer credits for the BSI program provided:

  1. The credits were earned at a regionally-accredited institution
  2. The student earned a grade of C or higher.
  • NIU will accept a maximum of 50 quarter hours of credit from testing, military training, and experiential learning that has been evaluated by the American Council of Education (ACE) for the undergraduate program only.
  • NIU does not accept transfer credits for any required courses in the BSI curriculum.

NIU Privacy Act Statement

THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE UNIVERSITY (NIU) STUDENT DATA The Privacy Act of Public Law 93-579 requires Federal Agencies which collect personal information from individuals to inform each individual of the following: 1. Authority: 44USC3101 and 3102 Establishment of Program Management. 2. Principal Purpose: To record information solicited from and furnished by individuals nominated to attend courses of instruction of the NIU. 3. Routine Use: Used in preparation of tentative and final class rosters for official University use, biographic data on students, statistical studies, attendance verification, historical records, alumni surveys, academic/fitness reports, and other official correspondence. 4. Disclosure and Effects: Disclosure of information by the applicant is voluntary. However, non-disclosure may result in errors in reporting course completion, incomplete statistical comparisons, non-receipt of security clearance, errors in historical files, incomplete student academic/fitness reports, and non-receipt of official correspondence.