Defense Intelligence Scholars Program
National Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC

Posted:  Ongoing

The Defense Intelligence Scholars Program at the National Defense Intelligence College provides recent graduates and entry-level professionals seeking a career in intelligence a remarkable opportunity to obtain a quality education to get their career off to a quick start. 

The program includes a paid internship, year long studies leading to a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) degree, and conditional employment with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).  Scholars receive a salary and government benefits throughout the entire program. 

The MSSI is offered by the National Defense Intelligence College, a regionally accredited college located at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.   The core curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for the complexity of intelligence work and national security in the 21st century.   The degree program enables students to immerse themselves in the study of intelligence for one year of rigorous coursework and research, beginning and ending in August of each year. 

•  U.S. citizenship of applicant and immediate family members (parents, siblings, spouse, etc.)
•  a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution
•  cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
•  current GRE scores (500 is the minimum recommended for the Verbal score, 4.0 for the written score.) 
•  Students with foreign language expertise in critical languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Russian, Urdu, Pashto, and Korean are strongly encouraged to apply. 

All students conditionally selected for the program are required to satisfactorily complete a security background investigation, counterintelligence (CI) polygraph examination and drug screening test.  Security clearances are not granted to applicants who are dual citizens.   All applicants must satisfy DIA's Conditions of Employment before a final offer of employment will be extended.

The application deadline is November 30 for summer admissions. 
•  Complete the on-line application on the DIA employment website: (Special Programs)
•  submit the Statement of Purpose explaining:  your motivation for graduate study in intelligence, your professional goals and objectives, what you have achieved in your studies and/or career that will enhance your capabilities to undertake such a degree.  (All essays should be kept at unclassified level)
•  official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent from schools directly to Dia
•  Official GRE Score Report (scores must be less than 5 years old-NDIC Code 5205)

Note:  Applicants with a completed master's or earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited college/university are not required to submit GRE scores.  Graduate transcripts must be submitted to NDIC.  No other tests may be substituted for the GRE.  For more information about NDIC: or 202-231-3319 (Admissions Office).
For more information on the DI Scholars Program: 202-231-8228.



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