Intelligence Studies

The first non-government initiative of its kind, the Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies is a unique multidisciplinary degree, which has as its goal a graduate qualified as an entry-level analyst for government and the private sector. An academically challenging discipline, it combines a liberal arts core with a foreign language or computer science requirement, national and international studies, internships, and intelligence-related courses to provide its graduates with an advanced level of analytical skills. Currently, over 300 students from throughout the U.S. and abroad are enrolled in this undergraduate program.

The intelligence studies degree is designed to provide the necessary background for students to pursue careers as research and/or intelligence analysts in government agencies and private enterprise. The work of these analysts, whether relating to national security, law enforcement or business activities, involves the preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of intelligence data.

The bachelor's degree in intelligence studies is a STEM major (CIP code 29.0201).

4 + 1 Program

Eligible undergraduate students enrolled in the Intelligence program can earn a four-year bachelor’s degree and a two-year master’s degree in just five years. Click to learn more


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.


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 chose the Intelligence Studies major at Mercyhurst.
I stumbled upon a website for the Intelligence Studies program at Mercyhurst and I knew right then and there that this was the place for me.
Matt Rogers
The faculty and professors want to see students succeed and to me, that was most important in choosing the major.
Katie Krull
I plan to work in national security and try my best to support our brave troops.
Kyle Weber


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 305: Intelligence, the Military and Warfare
This course explores the role of intelligence in the conduct and prosecution of armed conflict. The course traces the evolution of modern military organizations and the use of intelligence in the success or failure of these organizations. Current intelligence practices and methods employed by the US military are also discussed.

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.


Degree Requirements

All students must complete all REACH and program requirements and earn a minimum of 121 credits to qualify for Commencement exercises. All intelligence courses (RIAP) must be taken for a grade and passed with a C or better.

Student Clubs

Student clubs provide opportunities for students and professors to nurture and enrich their passion for intelligence work and come together outside of the classroom setting.


Jess found her passion within the Intel program and re-discovered herself through being a part of collegiate athletics as a member of the women's basketball team.

Meet the Faculty

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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