The online intelligence graduate program is for working professionals looking to advance their career through further study in the application of intelligence and data analysis.
We are now taking applications for Applied Intelligence programs (both degree and certificate) beginning in the spring term, starting on March 6, 2017. We are also accepting applications for the next fall term, beginning in early September, 2017. Although we run classes in all four terms, we start new cohorts in the Applied Intelligence program only in the fall and spring terms.
The online intelligence program, which is part of Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, focuses on intelligence as a process, emphasizing the application of intelligence theory across the disciplines of national security, military, law enforcement, and competitive intelligence.
Coursework of the online intelligence master's program concentrates on developing deep researching abilities, proficient use of analytical techniques and methodologies, concise analytical writing, and effective briefing. The advancement of these analytical skills, in addition to an appreciation of the theory and history of the intelligence field, produce program graduates with the educational foundation necessary to succeed as intelligence analysts and leaders of analytical teams within strategic intelligence industries, criminal justice fields, and federal and state agencies, such as FBI, CIA, and NSA.
Graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Intelligence online degree program will be able to:
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Required Core Courses
Required Elective Courses
(select 3 for thesis option or 4 for research-based project option)
Required Capstone Courses
To apply to the online intelligence master's program, students must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, preferably with a GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The Ridge College accepts students from a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs from political science and international relations to biology and mathematics.
Preference in admissions will be given to working professionals who will benefit from further study in the application of intelligence and data analysis. Please note that those who are just completing their undergraduate studies and/or do not possess professional work experience should apply to the resident MS in Applied Intelligence degree program in Erie, PA.
Delivered through the Blackboard Learning Management System, the online classes are asynchronous so students can access the course material 24/7 without having to be "in class" at a specific time. However, the courses are not “independent or self-study.” You may be required to brief or "meet" with your instructor or group members in an online format.
Courses are designed with 10 weekly learning units which includes 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.
Mercyhurst University's online Ridge College programs operate on the term system, with four terms in each academic year: Fall, Winter, Spring. and Summer. Each term is 10 1/2 weeks long.
2016–2017 Term Schedule for Online Classes:SUMMER TERM: June 6, 2016 - August 16, 2016 FALL TERM: September 5, 2016 - November 15, 2016 WINTER TERM: November 28, 2016 - February 20, 2017 (Break December 18 - January 2) SPRING TERM: March 6, 2017 - May 15, 2017
What is the estimated cost of the applied intelligence online master's degree program?
Students enrolled in the online Master of Science in Applied Intelligence degree program have a choice between two capstone experiences to enhance their graduate studies at Mercyhurst University. Credits vary according to capstone selection:
The following represents the cost estimate of the program for tuition and fees based on costs in academic year 2016-17. Tuition/fee rates and do not include housing, books, or other costs associated with attendance in an academic program. Please note that tuition and fees may be increased each academic year.
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Does the program welcome veterans and participants in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Yes. Veterans are encouraged to apply to the online intelligence studies programs. The Mercyhurst Ridge College is a participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows veterans to attend graduate programs which cost more than the state tuition cap. To find out more about using your veteran benefits and our veteran's services at Mercyhurst University, click here.
Ms. Linda Bremmer, Director of Online and Offsite Graduate Intelligence Programs
Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546-0001 USA