MILPER Number: 17-248





The National Intelligence University (NIU) Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) and Master of Science and Technology Intelligence (MSTI) Programs for FY18 Announcement




A.  AR 614-200 (Enlisted Assignments and Utilization Management), 26 February 2009 (Rapid Action Revision 002, 11 October 11).

B.  AR 614-30 (Overseas Service), 22 December 2016.

1.  This message will expire 1 October 2018.

2.  Program Overview:

a.  The National Intelligence University (NIU) Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) and Master of Science and Technology Intelligence (MSTI) programs coursework is designed to prepare students for a higher level of responsibility in the Intelligence Community.  The degrees require completion of 43 credits, including the Master’s Thesis.  The curriculum has been developed to strengthen Intelligence as a profession and combines core courses with electives.  The core curriculum is designed to have students develop global awareness and understand how historical, economic, cultural, political, and social contexts affect Intelligence and National Security.  Elective courses provide students the opportunity to explore four strategic areas in more detail:  Military Strategy, Intelligence Community Issues and Management, Transitional Threats, and the Geostrategic Environment.  Students have the option of pursuing a concentration in Science and Technology Intelligence.  The thesis is the final requirement for the degree and may be classified or unclassified.  Selectees will conduct permanent change of station to Fort Belvoir, with duty at NIU.

b.  Objectives of the NIU graduate programs are:

(1)  Develop a cadre of highly qualified middle and senior Military Intelligence personnel.

(2)  Provide the participants with an in-depth understanding of the overall Intelligence Community.

(3)  Upon graduation from the program, Soldiers will be eligible for worldwide assignment.

(4)  Develop requisite skill for career development.

3.  Policy:

a.  The NIU will hold a selection panel on or about 1 March 2018.

b.  Minimum Criteria:

(1)  Primary Military Occupational Specialty in Career Management Field (CMF) 35.

(2)  Rank of SGT promotable through MSG non-promotable.  Waivers will not be granted.

(3)  Possess a Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

(4)  Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and score in the 50th percentile or higher in verbal and quantitative and 3.5 or higher in analytical writing portion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  Applicants who possess a postgraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from taking the GRE.

(5)  Applicants for the MSTI program should also have academic exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) coursework during their undergraduate years.  A Science or Engineering degree is not required.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to request a credit evaluation from NIU admissions before applying to ensure they meet the MSTI prerequisite course requirements.  To request a course evaluation, send copies of your transcripts to and type “MSSI/MSTI credit evaluation” in the subject line, or mail information to NIU Admissions at 7400 Pentagon, Attn:  NIU-1A, Office of Enrollment Services, Washington, DC  20301-7400.

(6)  Must possess a current Top Secret clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information access.  Soldiers with clearance status pending are not eligible for this assignment.

(7)  Minimum of five years Intelligence experience by 1 February 2018.

(8)  Must possess outstanding record of military service evidenced by Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Reports (NCOER) and Academic Evaluation Reports (AER).

(9)  Must show record of past academic success in both military and civilian education with potential for increased learning and achievement.

(10)  In accordance with AR 614-200, Soldiers attending MSSI/MSTI will incur a 30-month Service-Remaining Obligation after completion of the program.  Applicants and human resources managers are advised that Soldiers selected will extend/reenlist prior to departing from their current command.

(11)  Applicants serving OCONUS must complete 5/6th of their tour before the report date of 10 August 2018.  Requests for curtailment or extension must accompany the packet and comply with AR 614-30.

(12)  All CONUS applicants must have 24 months time on station at time of enrollment, which is 10 August 2018.  This requirement may be waived for Soldiers serving in the Military District of Washington area.

4.  Application Procedures:

a.  Eligible Soldiers must forward application packets no later than (NLT) 1700 (EDT) on 1 January 2018 to Military Intelligence (MI) Branch, U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC), via email at  MI Branch will review applications to determine eligibility and completeness.

b.  Applicants must submit DA Form 4187, signed by the first O5 in the applicant’s chain of command, with the following enclosures:

(1)  Degree-seeking application form (available at

(2)  Copy of Enlisted Record Brief or Soldier Record Brief.

(3)  Legible copies of all NCOERS and AERS.

(4)  Statement from Commander verifying applicant’s height, weight, and last APFT score (not more than six months old).

(5)  Department of the Army photo (not more than one year old).

(6)  A cover memo indicating the program applied for, name, rank, SSN, complete e-mail and mailing addresses (military and civilian), and phone numbers to include DSN and commercial.

c.  All applicants selected will be notified by HRC NLT 15 January 2017 and provided a nomination letter.  Soldiers selected for NIU attendance will provide documentation, as outlined by NIU admission office, directly to the admissions office immediately upon notification by MI Branch.  NIU packets include:

(1)  Completed Degree-Seeking Application form (available at

(2)  Nomination letter provided by MI Branch.

(3)  Statement of Purpose (500-word unclassified essay, typed and double spaced) explaining:  motivation for pursuing graduate study in Intelligence; professional goals and objectives; and what the Soldier achieved in their education or career that enhances their capabilities to undertake a degree-completion program.

(4)  Official undergraduate and any graduate transcripts sent directly to the NIU Admissions Office from your academic institutions.  The transcripts may be mailed or emailed to the address in 4d, below.

(5)  GRE Score Report less than five years old – NIU Code 5205.  Applicants with a completed Masters or Doctorate degree from a regionally-accredited institution are not required to submit GRE scores.  No other tests may be substituted for the GRE.

d.  Admissions material must be sent to NIU by mail or email:

(1)  Email:

(2)  Mail:

Defense Intelligence Agency
Attn:  7400 Pentagon
NIU 1-A, Office of Enrollment Services
Washington, DC  20301-7400

e.  Deadline for submission of NIU’s application materials to be received by the NIU Admissions office is NLT 1 February 2018.  All applications that are incomplete or received after this date will not be considered.

5.  Application Timeline:

a.  1700 (EDT) on 1 January 2018 – deadline for application to MI Branch.

b.  15 January 2018 – selectees and non-selectees notified by MI Branch.

c.  1 February 2018 – deadline for submission of application materials and transcripts to NIU admissions office.

d.  NIU will conduct selection panel and notify MI Branch of selected Soldiers.  MI Branch will conduct review for final approval.

e.  On or about 1 April 2018 – MI Branch formally notifies approved selected Soldiers through command channels, and places them on assignment instructions to NIU.

f.  10 August 2018 – Soldiers report to NIU.

6.  Point of contact is the HRC Military Intelligence Branch Sergeant Major, DSN:  983-5425, COMM:  (502) 613-5425, or email at: