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Criminal Intelligence Analysis Program FAQs

Q: How long does the BS Criminal Intelligence Analysis program take to complete?
A: The program is designed for working professionals who are completing this BS Cybersecurity program on a part time basis taking 6 credits a semester (2 classes). The length of time students take to complete the 121 credit hours required to earn the degree, depends on the number of credits transferred in, as well as other factors such as credit load each semester. Students may be able to take more classes per semester with permission from the Program Director.

Q: What are the admission requirements for the program?
A: Recent changes to the online BS in Criminal Intelligence Analysis curriculum has made it eligible for completion by first-time freshmen, as well as students with some college credit. See Admission Requirements here.
o Official final high school transcripts (with graduation date) are required for all undergraduate students.
o If you are entering with an associate's degree or transferring a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college, your general educational requirements are considered complete.

Q: Is a campus visits required?
A: There is no required campus visit.

Q: Is there a residency required?
A: There in no residency required.

Q: Is there an internship required?
A: In BS CIA, an internship is extremely beneficial for the student as it allows you to practice and apply all you’ve learned throughout the program, delivering valuable work experience to build your qualifications and resume. Where internships are simply not possible, a senior project that focuses on creative research projects with real-time crime data will provide the work samples you need to showcase your understanding of the field.

Q: Can I transfer on-line or on-campus credits from other institutions?
A: Yes, this BS CIA accepts transfer credits.

Q: What is crime analysis?
A: Referred to as predicative policing and 21st century policing, crime analysis is using Big Data, crime mapping, specific software, data analysis and key research skills to find series, patterns, trends, and hot spots of crime as they occur to make recommendations on how to lower crime rates. Crime analysts play a crucial role in helping law enforcement agencies quantify, evaluate, and respond to the changing landscape of criminal activity in their jurisdictions.

Q: What is an intelligence analyst?
An intelligence analyst is one of many roles that fall under the criminal intelligence analyst category. Specifically, this role tracks organized crime to assess and prevent threats. You can read more about what you do in an intelligence analyst role by visiting our careers' page.

Q: What are criminal intelligence analyst qualifications?
A: To qualify to work as a criminal intelligence analyst, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, cybersecurity, or data analysis, experience in the field, and solid hybrid skills in statistics and communication and presentation. Specialized programs such as Utica College's 100% online BS in Criminal Intelligence Analysis qualify you to step into those roles upon graduation.

Q: What are the types of criminal intelligence?
A: According to the Illinois Association of Criminal Analysts, there are four types of criminal intelligence: Tactical, Strategic, Administrative, and Intelligence. You can read more about the specific responsibilities on the types of criminal intelligence by visiting our careers' page.

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