Intelligence Analysis

In the age of big data, the growing field of intelligence analysis can help businesses and organizations discover trends to protect themselves and gain a competitive edge.

The graduate certificate in Intelligence Analysis is a 15 credit program (five 3-credit courses delivered online) which will provide advanced theoretical and practical framework for the study of intelligence and its application in a wide variety of contexts.

The program is designed to provide specialized theoretical foundation and applied skills to function successfully as an analyst. This is accomplished through a rigorous curriculum that includes a core of three courses, which exposes students to the fundamental and advanced concepts and analytic techniques.

Graduates will possess the skills to critically scrutinize unstructured and often ambiguous data within a variety of competitive, security and criminal contexts such as finance and banking, crime and organized crime, and national security, safety, and terrorism.

Graduates will be prepared to work in varying industries that employ analysts. Some examples are finance and business, medicine, law enforcement and security, public safety, investment, and marketing.

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Why Choose a Graduate Program in Intelligence Analysis?

Kurucz, J. (2017, January 16). JIBC intelligence program is training students for data sleuthing. Macleans.

Duggan, E. (2017, January) Intelligence Matters. Right Course Magazine, BIV Media Group.

Luce, A. (2014, July). Why choose a graduate program in intelligence analysis? Insight: An LEIU Publication, p. 24.


Graduates will be prepared to work in varying industries that employ analysts, and have gone on to work for a wide range of organizations, including:

  • Bank of Montreal (FIU)
  • BC Children's Hospital
  • BC Corrections, Adult Custody Division- Okanagan Correctional Centre 
  • BC Housing
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC)
  • Calgary 9-1-1
  • Calgary Police Service
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Operations Branch, Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Directorate
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Passenger Operations
  • Canada Post
  • Canadian Forces Military Police 
  • Consumer Investigations Unit, Ministry of Service Alberta
  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Department of Justice, Aboriginal Laws
  • Edmonton Police Service
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Fredericton Police Force
  • Higher Colleges of Technology – UAE
  • Island Health – Finance Department
  • Moat Homes Ltd – United Kingdom
  • New Westminster Police Department
  • PLEA Community Services
  • RCMP, British Columbia
  • Xpera Risk Mitigation and Investigations

Program Format And Overview

Please open the pdf file to view the Program Structure for both Graduate Certificates.

Start Date

The next intake is September 4, 2018

Application Deadline: The application and all supporting documents must be received by the June 22, 2018 application deadline.  JIBC Application Form

Course List

Foundational Courses

Learners from both graduate certificates are required to complete all three foundational courses. Each course will provide learners with the relevant theories and practices of analysis and enable learners to effectively and clearly communicate findings.

Course Course Code
Intelligence Theories and Applications INTL-5100
Intelligence Communications INTL-5800
Advanced Analytical TechniquesINTL-5200

Specialist Courses

The specialist courses can be taken once the three foundational courses are complete.  The specialist courses focus on analysis in specific contexts. 

Course Course Code
Competitive Intelligence INTL-5400
Analyzing Financial Crimes INTL-5260

Textbooks List

INTEL Textbooks

Textbooks List

Application Process

You must meet the following entrance requirements for admission to the Program:

  1. Proof of completion of bachelor degree OR

    A minimum of two years of post secondary education plus a minimum of five years of progressive and specialized experience in working with the analysis of data and information. Applicants must also write a 500 - 1000 word essay on a related topic of their choice OR

    Applicants who have not completed a minimum of 2 years post-secondary education must have eight to ten years of progressive and specialized experience in working with the analysis of data and information (Dean/Director discretion). Applicants are required to write a 500-1000 word essay on a related topic of their choice.
  2. Two letters of Recommendation: One Academic and one Personal Reference or two Professional References;
  3. Detailed Resume;
  4. Personal Statement/Statement of Intent;
  5. Current criminal record check

Please refer to the Graduate Studies Application Supplement for details regarding the above.


  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $125.00
  • Tuition Fee (not including cost of textbooks):
    - Domestic $2,027.07 fee per course
    - International: $3,040.63 fee per course
  • Learner Services Fee$16.80 per credit
$5.51 per credit

Intelligence Associations and Organizations


Courses in this Graduate Certificate are restricted to students enrolled in the program. Once your application has been approved, please register for courses directly with Student Services at 604.528.5590 or Online registration is currently unavailable for courses in this admissions-based program.

Last updated November 29, 2017