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Academic Exchange Program (AEP)

An alphabetic list of Academic Exchange Professors can be viewed here.
A listing of Institutions, Courses, and Instructors can be viewed here.

Professors / Instructors

To Participate: If you would like to participate in AFIO's Academic Exchange Program, please complete this secure participation form. For other inquiries contact AFIO's Director of the AEP.

For list of current Academic Exchange Participants, click here
or here for a list of all courses and professors.

Professors seeking assistance for Fall 2016-17 or Spring 2016 syllabi development, please send us an email.

AFIO archives hold copies of course syllabi for the college level intelligence courses listed below. They are available for review in the AFIO Library by members of AFIO's Academic Exchange Program. Professors considering the design of courses in this field are invited to contact AFIO for participation in the AEP.


Students looking for courses should follow the College / University links to see what is being offered that term, or email listed professors to see if they might be teaching topics of interest to you, and where. To explore careers in intelligence, visit our page here.

The following listing are those universities certified as "CAE" = Center of Academic Excellence program institutions as established by the Director of National Intelligence.

Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) [aka National Centers for Academic Excellence] specializing in IA (Information Assurance): Cyber Defense and Cyber Operations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program. Specific 2 and 4-year colleges and universities are designated based on their robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related knowledge units (KUs), validated by top subject matter experts in the field. Over 200 top colleges and universities across 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are designated as CAEs in Cybersecurity. Academic institutions are designated as either CAEs in Cyber Defense or Cyber Operations and they have undergone an in-depth assessment and met rigorous requirements in order to garner this designation. Sponsored by NSA and DHS, the CAE in Cyber Defense program aims to reduce vulnerabilities in our national information infrastructure, while the CAE in Cyber Operations program, sponsored by NSA, focuses on technologies and techniques related to specialized cyber operations to enhance the national security posture of the Nation. This subset of the CAE program are those institutions certified by NSA and DHS as Cyber Defense or Cyber Operations-specific institutions. A listing of those can be found here. A listing by NSA is here. A map showing all CAE Cybersecurity Institutions, by state, and providing direct link to university websites, is here.

Another subset of the CAE program are those institutions who are Academic Institutions Selected for Centers of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences Program. A listing by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency of those institutions is here.

And updated listing of CAE-certified institutions is available here.

A listing of other schools also teaching intelligence, national security, and intelligence-related courses can be found here.

  1. Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
  2. American Military University (on-line), Charlestown, West Virginia
  3. American Public University (on-line), Charlestown, West Virginia
  4. American University, Washington D.C. also see American University School of International Service, Washington, DC (and online)
  5. Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
  6. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, and large number of online courses here at ASU Online.
    Auburn University, Auburn University Institute for Collaboration and Technology, Auburn, Alabama
  7. Austin Peay University, Clarksville, Tennessee
  8. Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska (CAE partner with University of Nebraska Lincoln)
    Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey
    Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
    Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
    Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  9. Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Business, Provo, Utah
  10. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
    California State University, San Bernardino, California (CAE)
  11. California State University Northridge, Northridge, California
    Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina
  12. Capella University (on-line), Minneapolis, Minnesota
  13. Carlton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  14. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (CAE)
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
    Catholic University, Washington D.C.
    The Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Alexandria, Virginia
    Central Pennsylvania College, Summerdale, Pennsylvania
    Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri
  15. Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
  16. Clarion University, Clarion, Pennsylvania
  17. Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia (CAE)
  18. Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina (CAE)
  19. Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina
    Columbia University, New York, New York
  20. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska (CAE partner with University of Nebraska Lincoln)
  21. Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, Washington, D.C.
    Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire
    DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania
  22. Dominican University, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, River Forest, Illinois
  23. Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
  24. Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  25. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona
  26. Fairleigh-Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey
    Fairmont State University, Fairmont, West Virginia
  27. Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina
  28. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida (CAE)
  29. Florida International University, Miami, Florida (CAE)
    Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
    Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
    George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, Washington D.C.
  30. Hampden-Sidney College, Hampden-Sidney, Virginia
  31. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Henley-Putnam University (on-line), San Jose, California
  32. Hilbert College, Hamburg, New York
  33. Howard University, Washington, D.C. (CAE consortium member with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
    Hunter College, New York, New York
  34. Indiana University, School of Informatics and Computing, Bloomington, Indiana
    The Institute of World Politics, Washington D.C.
  35. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  36. Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School, Baltimore, Maryland
  37. Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C.
  38. Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Public Safety Leadership, Columbia, Maryland
  39. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York
  40. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  41. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
  42. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
  43. Lockheed Martin Center for Security Analysis, Newington, Virginia
    Long Island University, Riverhead, New York
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Mercyhurst College, Ridge Institute for Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Erie, Pennsylvania
  44. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  45. Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama (CAE)
  46. Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri
  47. Missouri State University, Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Fairfax, Virginia
    National Defense Intelligence College, Washington D.C.
  48. Neumann College, Aston, Pennsylvania
    New Jersey City University, College of Professional Studies, Jersey City, New Jersey
  49. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
    New York University, New York, New York
  50. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
  51. Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia (CAE)
  52. North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina (CAE)
    North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
    Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont
    Notre Dame College, Center for Intelligence Studies, Cleveland, Ohio
    Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  53. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  54. Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Virginia
  55. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania (CAE)
    Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  56. Post University, Waterbury, Connecticut
  57. Radford University, Radford, Virginia
  58. Regent University, Alexandria, Virginia
  59. Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Rockhurst University, Global Studies Center, Kansas City, Missouri
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  60. St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas
  61. St. John's University, Queens, New York
  62. St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  63. Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
  64. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
  65. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  66. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
    State University of New York, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Albany, New York
    Syracuse University, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse, New York
    Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  67. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee (CAE)
  68. Trinity University, Washington, D.C. (CAE)
  69. Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Massachusetts
  70. University of California - Davis, Davis, California
  71. University of California - Irvine, Merage School of Business, Irvine, California
  72. University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  73. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
  74. University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
  75. University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, Denver, Colorado
    University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan
  76. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  77. University of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois
    University of Kentucky, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, Lexington, Kentucky
    University of Maine, Orono, Maine
  78. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (CAE)
  79. University of Maryland University College, Largo, Maryland (on-line)
    University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  80. University of Minnesota, Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  81. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
  82. University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska (CAE partner with University of Nebraska Lincoln)
  83. University of New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
  84. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico (CAE)
  85. University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina (CAE)
    University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia
    University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  86. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  87. University of the Redlands, Redlands, California
  88. University of San Diego, San Diego, California
    University of South Florida, International Studies Program, St. Petersburg, Florida
  89. University of West Florida, online courses, Pensacola, Florida (also may be accessed here)
  90. University of Texas at Austin, School of Information, Austin, Texas
  91. University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas (CAE)
  92. University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas (CAE)
    University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
  93. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  94. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  95. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  96. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (CAE)
  97. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut
    Utah State University
    , Logan, Utah
    Utica College and Utica College-Online Campus, Utica, Utah
    Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
  98. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  99. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia (CAE); also see Virginia Tech Hume Center for National Security and Technology, Blacksburg, VA (CAE)
  100. Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (CAE)
    West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
    Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania
  101. Williams College, Amherst, Massachusetts
    Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

* CAE = Center of Academic Excellence program institution as established by the Director of National Intelligence

Academic Exchange Program (AEP) - Institutions with formal programs in intelligence, homeland security, counterterrorism and related

Intelligence Training Opportunities for High School Students

Lead-America.orgThe National Security & Intelligence conference, hosted by LeadAmerica, provides high achieving students with the opportunity to build real world career skills and analyze leadership attributes within the environment of our nation’s capital.  For ten days, students examine historic and current challenges to National Security, while understanding the roles and methods of diplomacy and intelligence through focused workshops on Iran, the Kashmir Crisis, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  In addition, students analyze issues such as information sharing, the origins of terrorism, intelligence ethics and the proliferation of WMD’s, while also attending briefings at the U.S. State Department and the Saudi Arabian Embassy.  Students visit the Pentagon and the International Spy Museum and participate in an engaging Career Planning Seminar, which exposes them to career tracks and the requisite training for the fields of Intelligence and National Security.  Students also complete LeadAmerica’s skill building curriculum, which fosters necessary skills such as teambuilding, time management, and communication, culminating in the formulation of a personal mission and vision statement.

To learn more about LeadAmerica and the National Security & Intelligence conference please visit  or contact an Admissions Counselor at 866.FYI.LEAD. 

New Jersey City University
New Jersey City University - Professional Security Studies Department

NCIX Listing of Selected Institutions and Courses Teaching Counterintelligence:

Online compendium by the National Counterintelligence Executive [NCIX] in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of selected institutions teaching courses on Counterintelligence-related topics.
For those with access to classified systems, an additional list of CI education and training (government-provided), contact the NCIX.

Other Institutions Teaching Intelligence, Counterterrorism, and Related Courses:

Intelligence Courses at IWP

Other institutions teaching intelligence can be found here.

If your institution is teaching in this field not listed above? Please contact us at and let us add your group to the list above.

Center for the Study of Intelligence

AFIO also recommends that scholars and academic institutions thinking of adding courses on intelligence, terrorism, or related topics, explore the Center for the Study of Intelligence at CIA which acts as an additional resource to encourage and improve the teaching of intelligence in colleges and universities throughout the country.  CIA historians may be invited to lecture on intelligence-related topics. Through CIA's Officer-in-Residence Program, CIA officers teach intelligence-related courses at US colleges or universities for a two-year tour as visiting professors. The Exceptional Intelligence Analyst Program offers selected analysts throughout the Intelligence Community the opportunity to develop a year-long program of study and research, culminating in the production and possible publication by CSI of a paper detailing the study's analytical conclusions and its potential impact on the Intelligence Community.  More information on CIA's Educational Outreach program can be found here: CSI Sponsorship of Educational Programs

The Center can be reached by writing to:

Director of Center for the Study of Intelligence
Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, D. C. 20505

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