INTELLIGENCE STUDIES
BACHELOR OF ARTS

Intel education on the cutting edge.

We graduate in-demand, entry-level analysts who are skilled in preparing assessments based on the collection, correlation and analysis of intelligence data for employers both in government and private sectors, especially those in business, law enforcement, national security and the military. This unique and academically challenging multidisciplinary program combines a liberal arts core with a foreign language or computer requirement, as well as national and international studies, an internship experience, and intelligence courses. As the worldwide demand for skilled analysts continues to grow — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for analysts will grow by as much as 19 percent by 2024 — you’ll stand out with a degree from our internationally recognized intelligence program.

Fast Facts

  • Our students can connect with an alumni base of more than 1,200 graduates who work in a wide-range of fields and organizations in the intelligence community.

  • Annually, more than 200 Intelligence Studies students receive contracts to conduct work for U.S. intelligence agencies and private companies.
    The Ridge College is named after Erie native Tom Ridge, 43rd governor of Pennsylvania and first Secretary of Homeland Security.

  • The newly created Anti-Money Laundering Minor provides students with the theoretical foundations and the practical skills of detecting, preventing, investigating, and reporting money laundering and terrorist financing activities.

Introducing Lindy Smart, Executive Director of Intelligence Studies

As the nation's leader for Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst has continued to grow and evolve as a home for not only intelligence, but cyber security, data science, business and competitive intelligence, and many other related majors and minors. To continue our tradition of excellence, Lindy Smart, one of the most prominent and gifted experts in the intelligence industry, will be serving as the Executive Director of Intelligence Studies. As a Mercyhurst alumnus, Lindy is returning to her alma mater to lead strategic initiatives and promote the future success of our students. Most recently, Lindy has served as Director of Competitive Intelligence at Fortune 500 retailer Target Corporation, and will be bringing her real-world experience to the role.

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TYPES OF JOBS

Graduates of the program have accepted employment in the following types of positions, to name a few: Intelligence Analysts, Intelligence Officers, Special Agents, and Social Media Analysts.

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VETERAN RESOURCES

Mercyhurst University 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.

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CAREER OUTCOMES

Graduates have accepted employment with a diverse set of federal agencies, global corporations, and international NGOs. A small sample includes: Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Wells Fargo.

Below is a list of agencies and organizations that our alumni are employed at. With over 1,200 alumni across the world, this list isn't exhaustive, but provides a general idea of where an Intelligence Studies education can take you. 

National and International Government Agencies and Organizations

Corporations and Organizations

Professional Associations

Below are some of the professional associations that our alumni, students, and faculty belong to: