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Applied Intelligence

Online Graduate Certificate

Land intelligence jobs for government agencies like the CIA and FBI or with global corporations.

Mercyhurst’s Applied Intelligence online graduate certificate is designed to improve your analytical and communications skills, while providing a foundation for understanding the practice and theory of applied intelligence.The 12 graduate credits awarded in this program may be used to partially satisfy degree requirements for the Master of Science in Applied Intelligence.

Mercyhurst is the originator and leader of intelligence education at the university level. We’ve been preparing intelligence analysts for successful careers in the field for almost 30 years. Our online certificate can help you qualify for intelligence jobs with an unparalleled, sophisticated skillset in research, writing, and communication. You can also choose one elective to enhance the certificate in your specific field, such as law enforcement, counter terrorism, business analysis, social media, or competitive intelligence.

Program Overview

Options: Graduate certificate, master’s completion
Location(s): Online
Credits: 12
Duration: Minimum 9 months
Cost: $1,026 per credit; $13,600 total
Deadline: Rolling admissions
Start term(s): Fall or spring semester

Gain a Competitive Edge

Through the graduate certificate in applied intelligence, you’ll gain a leg up on your competition by learning to apply critical thinking skills to real world issues. You’ll also develop other sought-after abilities, including the ability to:

  • Analyze data using various methods and techniques 
  • Present analysis in numerous forms, including oral, written, and visual
  • Plan collection management and open-source research techniques
  • Effectively and efficiently manage intelligence processes

Course Requirements

Perfect for those looking to earn a quick credential or ease into graduate school, this certificate is available 100% online and can be completed in as little as nine months. Your credits can then be applied to the master’s degree should you choose to continue your education. 

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

Career Paths

Use your graduate certificate in applied intelligence from Mercyhurst across a variety of businesses, industries, and organizations. Just a few of the intelligence jobs you could pursue include special agent, market research analyst, cybersecurity analyst, management consultant, and intelligence officer. A small sample of alumni job titles includes: 

Intelligence Analysts Intelligence Officers
Special Agents Social Media Analysts
Anti-Money Laundering Professionals Market Research Analysts
Threat Intelligence Analysts Police Officers
Management Consultants Cybersecurity Threat Analysts
Business Continuity Analysts  

Graduates of the program are employed with a diverse set of federal agencies, global corporations, and international NGOs—including all 17 federal intelligence agencies and dozens of Fortune 500 companies. A small sample includes:

Central Intelligence Agency Defense Intelligence Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Security Agency
Booz Allen Hamilton Northrop Grumman
JP Morgan Chase Johnson & Johnson
Nike Disney
WellsFargo Procter & Gamble
PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines