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ACADEMIC YEAR 2019 NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE UNIVERSITY (NIU) RESERVE COMPONENT MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS

Date Signed: 2/21/2018
MARADMINS Number: 115/18

R 212105Z FEB 18
MARADMIN 115/18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC I//
SUBJ/ACADEMIC YEAR 2019 NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE UNIVERSITY (NIU) RESERVE COMPONENT MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS//
POC/P.J. JEFFREY/MAJ/UNIT: CMC WASHINGTON DC I/-/TEL: 703-614-7631/TEL: DSN 224-7631/EMAIL: PETER.JEFFREY@USMC.MIL//
POC/J.N. CHAMPION/SGT/UNIT: CMC WASHINGTON DC I/-/TEL: 703-695-4317/TEL: DSN 225-3657/EMAIL: JEREMIAH.CHAMPION@USMC.MIL//
POC/E.J. OBRIEN/MAJ/UNIT: NIU/-/TEL: 301-243-2314/EMAIL: JAMES.OBRIEN@DODIIS.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  The Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) and the Master of Science and Technology Intelligence (MSTI) are graduate-level education programs conducted at the National Intelligence University (NIU).  NIU is an accredited institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Strategic Intelligence and Science and Technology Intelligence.  NIU is a directorate of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, supported administratively by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and located at the Intelligence Community Campus –Bethesda (ICC-B).  Successful program completion results in an MSSI or MSTI graduate degree.  NIU’s graduate degree programs include core and elective courses and require a masters thesis on a strategic intelligence-related topic.  The progression of classes in the degree programs is designed to allow USMCR students to complete all required course work and the masters thesis in two years.  Marines accepted into the program attend classes one weekend per month for 23 months plus two, two-week tours of Active Duty.  Classes convene August 2018 for Academic Year (AY) 2019.  These graduate degree programs are open to Marines in the reserves:  IMA, SMCR, and IRR.
2.  Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel convened at Headquarters Marine Corps Intelligence Department (HQMC I).  The panel will provide an endorsement to NIU for the applicants most qualified to attend the MSSI/MSTI Program for Reserves.  Applicants who do not receive HQMC I endorsement are eligible to apply for part-time study in the Evening MSSI/MSTI, the Monthly Executive MSSI/MSTI, the Space-Available MSSI/MSTI, Continuing Education, or all other certificate programs besides the Leadership and Management Certificate of Intelligence Studies.
3.  Prerequisites for the MSSI or MSTI programs:
   A.  USMC:
      (1) Grade:  1stLt to Maj, CWO2 to CWO3, SSgt to GySgt.
      (2) MOS: Open to any MOS, however, preference will be given to 02XX or 26XX.
      (3) Experience:  minimum five years intelligence or cryptologic experience.
      (4) Service:  candidates must have had four satisfactory years (50 points minimum each year) during the last five years.
      (5) Officers must not have failed selection for promotion to the next higher grade and majors must have less than four years time in grade.
      (6) Staff Non-Commissioned Officers must be eligible for re-enlistment and have two years remaining on contract after graduation.
      (7) Officers and SNCOs must agree to remain in an intelligence billet in the reserves (IMA detachment or SMCR unit) for three years following graduation.
      (8) Applicants must meet Marine Corps height and weight standards per MCO 6110.3A.
   B.  NIU:
      (1) Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
      (2) Possess a Top Secret clearance and be eligible for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI), Application for this program is not sufficient justification to request initial processing for TS/SCI.
4.  Applications.  Applicants must submit an application package to both HQMC I and NIU, as outlined below:
    A.  NLT 1 April 2018, submit the following via email (compressed .pdf preferred) to the HQMC I POC and alternate POC listed above:
      (1) NIU application form which can be found at:  http:(slash)(slash)ni-u.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/NIU_Application_Degree-Seeking_UpdatedOct17.pdf
      (2) A 500-word unclassified essay (typed, double-spaced) explaining the following:
          (a) Your motivation for pursuing graduate study in intelligence.
          (b) Your professional goals and objectives.
          (c) Achievements in your education and/or career that enhances your ability to undertake graduate study.
      (3) Current Reserve Qualification Summary (RQS).
      (4) A brief one-page resume detailing both military and civilian experience (chronological format).
      (5) Current official USMC photograph in the service "C" uniform, per MCO p1070.12k, para 2002, this photo (physical or electronic copy) must be sent  with the application to HQMC I.  The panel cannot access photos sent directly to MMSB.
      (6) A favorable endorsement from the applicants command (IMA detachment or SMCR), IRR Marines should obtain this endorsement from the Marine Corps Individual Reserve Support Activity (MCIRSA).
      (7) Current copy of the applicants Master Brief Sheet.
   B.  NLT 1 May 2018, forward the following to Defense Intelligence Agency, Attn:  7400 Pentagon, NIU 1-A, Office of Enrollment Services, Washington, DC 20301-7400:
      (1) Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts mailed from the applicants university/college.  Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically to niuadmit@dodiis.mil.
      (2) GRE results.  GRE scores must be less than five years old.  Official results must be transmitted from GRE testing facility to NIU.  NIU code is 5205.  A graduate or doctorate degree from a regionally-accredited institution will be accepted in lieu of current GRE results.
      (3) A completed NIU application form indicating you are applying for the MSSI or the MSTI program.  The application can be found at http:(slash)(slash)ni-u.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/NIU_Application_Degree-Seeking_UpdatedOct17.pdf
      (4) A 500-word unclassified essay (typed, double-spaced) explaining the following:
          (a) Your motivation for pursuing graduate study in intelligence.
          (b) Your professional goals and objectives.
          (c) Achievements in your education and/or career that enhances your ability to undertake graduate study.
5.  Marines selected to attend the NIU reserve graduate program will be transferred to HQMC INTEL IMA Detachment (RUC 88600) NLT July 2018.  Attendance at NIU one weekend per month is required and will be considered a normal drill period.  Attendees will be required to perform active duty training at NIU for 13 days each summer for two consecutive academic years.  NIU students will also be required to complete all Marine Corps annual training requirements.  Drill attendance sheets, orders requests, and other administrative requirements associated with this duty will be processed by HQMC I.
6.  These programs do not currently qualify as an Intermediate Level School (ILS) equivalent.  Students admitted for AY 19 (August 2018) will not receive credit for ILS PME.
7.  Selectees will be notified individually by this headquarters.  This bulletin is applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.  This bulletin is cancelled 31 December 2018.
8.  Release authorized by Mr. Phillip C. Chudoba, Assistant Director of Intelligence, U.S. Marine Corps.//