APUS professional practice doctorate is a multidisciplinary degree that addresses intellectual, cultural, and organizational challenges in the emerging field of intelligence studies.  The program embraces a scholar-practitioner model of education, preparing the next generation of global leaders to advance academic and professional practice in the intelligence field. While focus is placed on domestic intelligence topics and issues, as well as on activities and relationships with actors in the global community of strategic concern to the United States, the degree integrates practice, research, and multidisciplinary approaches in an effort to solve or enhance understanding of the complex problems facing students and faculty in their communities and areas of professional practice.

Purpose:  To prepare professionals in the field of Intelligence Studies who can engage in and conduct ethically sound original applied research that extends the body of knowledge in the field. The program is designed to prepare a student for advanced learning and service in the field.

Goal: To cultivate experts in the field of Intelligence Studies who have mastered the subject and who possess advanced, applied research skills for creating integrative analysis.

Cohort Model

Students in a cohort will progress through the coursework together with options for three elective courses. In addition to coursework, students will complete three residences, an eportfolio with oral defense of the portfolio, a dissertation proposal with oral defense of it, and a dissertation with oral defense.

Residencies: Doctoral programs contain three residencies at crucial program points.

  1. The first, Doctoral Program Foundations (year 1), establishes expectations for the program, develops rapport within the cohort, and introduces students to doctoral faculty. During this residency, students develop their degree plan, sign the degree expectations form (see Appendix C), and consider initial focus areas for dissertation research. Introduction to the Portfolio of Doctoral Studies.

  2. The second residency (year 2) depends on the specific degree program and may include presentations at professional conferences or international experience.

  3. The third residency (year 3) focuses on practicum and dissertation requirements. In this residency, students develop a practicum project that stretches professional skills toward the students’ career goals. More importantly, this residency serves as a time to narrow the dissertation focus and select a potential dissertation advisor and committee members.

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