Mercyhurst University

Business & Competitive Intelligence Bachelor of Arts

We graduate in-demand research analysts skilled in data extraction, data analysis, and data interpretation, who are also adept at presenting findings to decision makers in business and industry. With a curriculum rooted in the functional areas of business and data analytics, graduates of this program are capable of discovering future growth opportunities for organizations, identifying competitive advantages, and predicting industry trends and market demands. As the worldwide demand for skilled analysts continues to grow — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for market research analysts will grow by 19 percent by 2024 — you’ll stand out with a degree from our internationally recognized intelligence program.
 

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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

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Our graduates find jobs in business analysts, competitive intelligence analysts, data analysts, market research analysts, strategy and insights executives, marketing executives, financial analysts, corporate strategy analysts, market and business developers, market intelligence analysts, and social media intelligence analysts to name a few.

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Alumni of the intelligence studies program at Mercyhurst University enjoy strong job placement after graduation, with rates of placement significantly above national placement averages. Our more than 1000 alumni of the intelligence programs at Mercyhurst work in a wide range of fields and for a wide range of organizations.

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Graduates of the program have accepted employment with a diverse set of businesses, healthcare firms, insurance providers, financial institutions, and global corporations. A small sample includes: Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, JP Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Disney, Wells Fargo, Procter & Gamble, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, GE Healthcare, Wells Fargo, Target, Monsanto, and the Cleveland Clinic –in addition to many others.

EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

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.

Intel Methods and Analysis

Students work on a term-long project that incorporates data gathering, collection planning, organizational and link analysis, and structured analytic techniques.

Yellow Ribbon Program

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.

Meet the Faculty

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Arthur Mills
Arthur Mills
Assistant Professor
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Barry Zulaf
Barry Zulaf
Adjunct Faculty
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Ben Baughman
Ben Baughman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies
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Brad Gleason
Brad Gleason
CIRAT Director
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Chad Griffin
Chad Griffin
Cyber Program Director
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Chris Pallaris
Chris Pallaris
Adjunct Faculty
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Douglas Bernhardt
Douglas Bernhardt
Adjunct Faculty
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Duncan E. McGill, Ph.D.
Duncan E. McGill, Ph.D.
Dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies & Applied Sciences
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Kayla Murphy
Kayla Murphy
Instructional Designer/Program Administrative Specialist
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Kimberly Gilligan
Kimberly Gilligan
Adjunct Faculty
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Kristan J Wheaton, J.D.
Kristan J Wheaton, J.D.
Associate Professor
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Linda Bremmer
Linda Bremmer
Director of Online and Off-site Applied Intelligence Graduate Programs
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M. Afzal Upal, Ph.D.
M. Afzal Upal, Ph.D.
Data Science Program Director
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Michael Bogart
Michael Bogart
Adjunct Faculty
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Michael Lamm
Michael Lamm
Assistant Professor
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Musa Tuzuner
Musa Tuzuner, Ph.D.
Visiting Instructor of Intelligence Studies
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Orlandrew Danzell, Ph.D.
Orlandrew Danzell, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Intelligence Studies
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Richard Nitsch
Richard Nitsch
Adjunct Faculty
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Robert Heibel
Robert Heibel
Founder and Business Developer
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Shelly Freyn
Shelly Freyn
Assistant Professor
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Stephen Zidek
Stephen Zidek
Adjunct Faculty
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William Welch
William Welch
Instructor

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