Counterintelligence

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Counterintelligence focuses on the fundamentals of how intelligence agencies in the U.S. use counterintelligence and covert action to protect U.S. national security and global interests from adversaries. You will study how counterintelligence is collected, and how modernization and technology affect the use of counterintelligence. Employers such as the military, federal government intelligence agencies, and security industries need skilled professionals who understand the ever-changing field of counterintelligence.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online undergraduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Operations, techniques, and other aspects of counterintelligence
  • Counterintelligence analytical abilities and threat profiling
  • Analytical tools and databases
  • Counterintelligence collection and support measures
  • Espionage and counterespionage
  • Denial and deception
  • Intelligence, assassination, and covert action

This online certificate is ideal for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of counterintelligence without committing to a degree program. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of counterintelligence research, analysis, and operations.
  • Analyze threats in the counterintelligence arena.
  • Examine the role of the counterintelligence professional in both overt and covert operational styles.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of selected research methods and tools as they pertain to the counterintelligence environment.
  • Assess the different operational styles used throughout both the counterintelligence and intelligence analysis communities.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.