The applied intelligence graduate certificate is a four course, 12-credit program consisting of 3 core classes to improve analytical and communication skills and 1 elective to enhance the certificate in your specific field, including: law enforcement, counter terrorism, business analysis, social, or competitive intelligence. This program provides high-quality education for intelligence analysts.  Intelligence analysis is the fundamental tool that many government agencies, such as the CIA, FBI, and others, use to keep nations secure.

The twelve graduate credits awarded through the certificate may be used to partially satisfy the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Applied Intelligence degree offered by the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University.

We are now taking applications for Applied Intelligence programs (both degree and certificate) beginning in the spring term, starting on March 4, 2019.  We are also accepting applications for the next fall term, beginning in early September, 2019.  Although we run classes in all four terms, we start new cohorts in the Applied Intelligence program only in the fall and spring terms. 

Course Requirements

The courses of the online applied intelligence graduate certificate are sequential and build on each other. Students must complete the courses listed below in the following sequence:

  • INTL 510 Intelligence Theories and Applications
  • INTL 580 Intelligence Communications
  • INTL 520 Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Intelligence Elective Course

Intelligence Theories and Applications (INTL 510)

A survey course that introduces the student to the discipline of intelligence and provides the student with an understanding of how intelligence systems function, how they fit within the policymaking systems of free societies, and how they are managed and controlled. The course will integrate intelligence theory with the methodology and processes that evolved over time to assist the intelligence professional. The course will develop in the student a range of advanced research and thinking skills fundamental to the intelligence analysis process. (3 credits)

Intelligence Communications (INTL 580)

The skill most appreciated by the intelligence consumer is the ability to communicate, briefly and effectively, the results of detailed analytic work. This course, through repetitive application of a focused set of skills to a body of information of constantly increasing complexity, is designed to prepare intelligence analysts to deliver a variety of written intelligence products. (3 credits)

Advanced Analytical Techniques (INTL 520)

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore techniques emerging from the intelligence community and physical and social sciences and apply those techniques to intelligence problems. Focusing on a variety of techniques from a variety of disciplines, this course will expose an advanced student to new and potentially useful methods for conducting intelligence analysis. (3 credits)

Examples of Elective Courses (Opportunities to Enhance the Certificate)

  • Studies in Terrorism
  • Intelligence Support to Targeting
  • Geospatial Intelligence
  • Financial Intelligence Analysis
  • Nonproliferation Analysis
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • Contemporary Leadership in Intelligence
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Social Network Analysis

Cost and Fees

The applied intelligence graduate certificate covers four terms. However, students are billed for only one class at a time, one per term, so each class is paid for separately. You do not pay for the entire certificate at once. New tuition and fee rates are effective beginning in the summer term, 2017. These costs will remain in effect through spring term, 2018.

  • TUITION (per 3-credit course): $2,625.00
  • TECHNOLOGY FEE: $80.00
  • TOTAL per term: $2,765.00
  • Estimated total tuition and fees for 4 terms (texts not included): $11,000.00 USD

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Online Learning

Mercyhurst’s online courses are delivered through the Blackboard Learning Management System. The classes are asynchronous, so students can access the course material 24/7, without having to be there at a specific time. However, the courses are not “independent or self-study.” You may be required to brief or with your instructor or group members in an online format.

Courses are designed with 10 weekly learning units, with due dates and times each week for assignments, including required readings, postings to the discussion board, written products, presentations and other projects. Students generally log into the course at least three times per week and can expect to spend an average of 10 hours per week working on assignments.

Class sizes are limited to approximately 20 students, so that individual attention is assured. In addition to communication through Blackboard, instructors are accessible by phone and email.