Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CISS?

The University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences created the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS). CISS trains students for careers in intelligence analysis and provides educational and scholarly resources to the national Intelligence Community (IC).

What degrees are offered?

CISS presently offers an Undergraduate Minor which consists of 6 mandatory courses, including an internship with an intelligence or security agency.

Where are you located?

The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies is located at 620 All American Drive, aka The Old Athletics Building next to the Turner Center. Google Map.

How do I apply?

Watch the CISS website for calendar announcements. The application process typically opens January 1st of each year, and decisions are typically made in the second week of February.

What is the average GPA of admitted students?

The CISS is a competitive program. See the general statistics for our cohorts.

What is the IC?

The Intelligence Community (“IC”) is formally comprised of 16 agencies—8 military, 8 civilian—though there are many more tactical military intelligence and security organizations. For more information, read about the Intelligence Community.