RIDGE COLLEGE OF INTELLIGENCE STUDIES AND APPLIED SCIENCES

A complex world demands sophisticated analysis.

The disciplines within the Ridge College bring together complementary academic disciplines that stress critical thinking, data analysis, and collaborative decision-making. An education in the Ridge College – named after Erie native Tom Ridge, 43rd governor of Pennsylvania and first Secretary of Homeland Security – helps make sense of the complex behaviors of people, organizations, and governments through the application of principles, theories, and technologies in innovative and exciting ways.

The 21st century work environment is more intelligent, fast-moving, and intricate than ever before. As a Center of Excellence for distance and online learning, the Ridge College stresses knowledge transfer and communication processes, critical thinking, collaborative decision-making, and the application of technology to assist in information management. Whether you choose Business and Competitive Intelligence, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Intelligence Studies, or one of our other majors, minors, and programs, this much is clear: The Ridge College is ready to prepare you for what’s next. 

Fast Facts

  • During the last academic year, approximately 300 Intelligence Studies students and 10 faculty and staff worked on research and analysis projects for a total of 18,600 hours.
  • The Ridge College is the largest of the four colleges at Mercyhurst, with nearly 1,100 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • The Ridge College is home to the Innovation Entente Lab, also known as the Beehive, which offers student analysts the opportunity to work on projects with real-world community clients, providing valuable skills and networking along the way.
  • The Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis and Training (CIRAT) develops contracts, grants, and partnerships that enhance the capabilities of students, staff, facilities, and systems. Research conducted includes a study of money-laundering operations for the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Enforcement Network.

Mission Statement

The Ridge College is focused on developing intelligence, information management, applied science practitioners for the 21st century work environment through an applied and active learning approach. Serving as a Center of Excellence for distance and on-line learning, the Ridge College takes the lead in exploring, designing and developing new ways to deliver professional education. The college curriculum stresses knowledge transfer and communication processes, critical thinking, collaborative decision-making, and the application of technology to assist in information management.


Contact Us

John Olszowka, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
Office: Preston 107
Phone: 814-824-3027
Email: jolszowka@mercyhurst.edu

Meet the Deans

John Olszowka, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Associate Vice President, Graduate Programming and Strategic Academic Initiatives
Maria Garase, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Program Director, Criminal Justice Administration, Associate Professor