Department of Intelligence Studies

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.


During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 70 Intelligence Studies students received contracts to conduct intelligence work for actual 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 Ridge College’s Institute of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences provides research and analysis products to clients such as the Department of Defense, the European Union, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble.


Our students can connect with an alumni base of more than 1,000 graduates who work in a wide-range of fields and organizations in the intelligence community.

Why Intelligence Studies?

We asked our students to tell us why they love studying intelligence studies.
I think that understanding the mentality of criminals and psychological factors of crime will help me understand different taskings in a more rounded and in-depth manner, in turn making me a better analyst.
Bridget Egan
I have always had a great interest in law enforcement. I initially wanted to be a New York State Trooper, but by the time I entered high school I knew I wanted to be a special agent in the FBI.
Austin Kaminski
I would like to work for programs like the BAU analysis, discovering the psychological factors of serial killers and mass criminals.
Anna Pazik
I plan to graduate with degrees in both Intelligence Studies and Information Technology and work in the United States Intelligence Community doing cyber threat analysis or working as an analyst for a private IT consulting firm.
Randy Ramos


RIAP 213. National Security & Intel
Gain insight into national security decision-making in the United States with special emphasis on the role of intelligence in formulating policy.

RIAP 317. Data Visualization
In this hands-on course, students will visualize complex datasets using software applications to identify patterns, trends and variations across categories, space and time.

RIAP 372. Terrorism
Using a simulated operational environment, students are taught the roots, development and impact of contemporary worldwide terrorism, especially in the United States.



Will might have one of the coolest college jobs ever and with the experience he's received through the Mercyhurst Intel program, he'll probably get an even cooler job someday.

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.


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.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Mercyhurst University strives to go beyond "veteran friendly" toward providing a truly supportive and engaging experience for all our veterans, service members, and dependents.

Intel in the News

Intelligence Studies students are always doing news-worthy research, projects and events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the Intelligence Studies program at Mercyhurst University? Check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Meet the Faculty & Staff

Arthur Mills
Assistant Professor
Barry Zulaf
Adjunct Faculty
Brad Gleason
CIRAT Director
Charles Kuntz
Manager of Information Systems and Technology
Chris Pallaris
Adjunct Faculty
David Grabelski
Chair, Department of Intelligence Studies and Assistant Professor
Dawn Wozneak, Ph.D.
Chair, Applied Intelligence Graduate Programs and Assistant Professor
Douglas Bernhardt
Adjunct Faculty
James Breckenridge, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.A.
Dean and Associate Professor
Kayla Murphy
Instructional Designer/Program Administrative Specialist
Kimberly Gilligan
Adjunct Faculty
Kristan J Wheaton, J.D.
Associate Professor
Linda Bremmer
Director of Online and Off-site Applied Intelligence Graduate Programs
Michael Bogart
Adjunct Faculty
Michael Lamm
Assistant Professor
Michelle Henderson
Institute Administrator
Musa Tuzuner, Ph.D.
Visiting Instructor of Intelligence Studies
Orlandrew Danzell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Richard Nitsch
Adjunct Faculty
Robert Heibel
Founder and Business Developer
Shelly Freyn
Assistant Professor
Stephen Zidek
Adjunct Faculty
William Welch

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