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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students work on a term-long project that incorporates data gathering, collection planning, organizational and link analysis, and structured analytic techniques.
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.
As associate dean of the National Intelligence University, College of Strategic Intelligence, in Washington, D.C., Duncan E. McGill was charged with overseeing the Master of Science program in Strategic Intelligence and the Bachelor of Science program in Intelligence, along with seven graduate certificate programs. He managed the academic, personnel, financial and administrative affairs of the college while communicating its vision and goals to the intelligence community, U.S. Department of Defense and the academic community.
His research focuses on science and technology issues affecting U.S. national security, among them cyber, weapons of mass destruction, emerging and disruptive technologies, and the IED capabilities in Iraq.
McGill is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, serving as a Nuclear and Counterproliferation Officer. He also held joint duty assignments outside the Army at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Over the years, his deployment and operations travel have taken him to more than two dozen countries, among them Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, Japan, Germany, the UK and Egypt.
McGill earned his doctorate in Biological Defense from George Mason University, his Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, a Master of Arts in Procurement Management from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Orlandrew E. Danzell is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Intelligence Studies. He was the 2015 Mercyhurst Research Fellow. Dr. Danzell regularly teaches courses in counterterrorism, intelligence theory and application, research methods, and US national security at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He received B.A. degrees in History and Political Science in 2003 from Cameron University (Summa Cum Laude), a M.A. in Political Science in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Security Studies in 2011, both from Kansas State University. Dr. Danzell main research fields are intelligence theory, military interventions, international/domestic terrorism, and other themes related to national security. He uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to develop and test new theoretical insights. His research has appeared in several highly regarded peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Terrorism and Political Violence, Defense and Security Analysis, and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Dr. Danzell is currently working on research examining the determinants of terrorism in sub-Saharan Africa, the evolution of ISIS, and espionage in the 21st century.
Selected Publications and Projects
· Danzell, Orlandrew E. with Jeffery Pickering and Emizet Kisangani. Forthcoming. Aid, Intervention, and Terror: The Impact of Foreign Aid and Foreign Military Intervention on Terror Events and Severity. Social Science Quarterly. Pages. TBA.
· Danzell, Orlandrew E., Yao-Yuan Yeh and Melia Pfannenstiel. 2018. Does Education Mitigate Terrorism? Examining the Effects of Educated Youth Cohorts on Domestic Terror in Africa. Terrorism and Political Violence. https://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2018.1506336. Pages: TBA.
· Danzell, Orlandrew E. With Yao-Yuan Yeh and Melia Pfannenstiel. 2017. Determinants of Domestic Terrorism: An Examination of Ethnic Polarization and Economic Development. Terrorism and Political Violence. doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2016.1258636
· Danzell, Orlandrew E., and Lisandra M. Maisonet-Montanez. 2016. Understanding the Lone-Wolf Terror Phenomena: Assessing Current Profiles. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism & Political Aggression 8(2)135-159
· Danzell, Orlandrew E., and Stephen Zidek. 2014. "Does Counterterrorism Spending Reduce the Incidence and Lethality of Terrorism: A Quantitative Analysis of 34 Countries" in the The Test of Terrorism: Responding to Political Violence in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alastair Finlan. London: Routledge.
· Danzell, Orlandrew E., and Stephen Zidek. 2013. "Does Counterterrorism Spending Reduce the Incidence and Lethality of Terrorism: A Quantitative Analysis of 34 Countries" Defense & Security Analysis, 29(3): 218-233.
· Danzell, Orlandrew E. 2011. “Political Parties: When Do They Turn to Terror?” Journal of Conflict Resolution. 55 (1): 85-105.
Kristan J. Wheaton (Kris) is an associate professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is a retired Foreign Area Officer with the US Army who specializes in national security matters, analytic methods, intelligence communications and game-based learning. He has served as a defense and legal attaché to various US embassies and missions in Europe. He has also served in various intelligence or intelligence related billets including the S-2 to the 559th Artillery Group in Vicenza, Italy, Attaché to the Office of the Legal Counselor in The Hague; and Chief of European Analysis at the Directorate of Intelligence, EUCOM, in Stuttgart. He is the recipient of the CIA Seal Medallion and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and is a member of the South Carolina Bar.
Selected Publications and Projects
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William Welch (Bill) is an instructor in the Mercyhurst University Department of Intelligence Studies, primarily teaching Intelligence Writing and Presentation to undergraduate and graduate students. He worked as a reporter and city editor with the Erie Times-News for 29 years. Welch has been involved with the MCIIS Press, the press arm of the Institute for Intelligence Studies. Since arriving at Mercyhurst in 2002, Welch frequently taught in the Mercyhurst University Communication Department. He has been adviser of the university newspaper, The Merciad, since 2003.
In September 2006, he joined the department after receiving his M.S. degree in applied intelligence from Mercyhurst in 2006. Welch earned his B.A. degree in journalism from Point Park University
Selected Publications and Projects
Dr. Musa Tuzuner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Intelligence Studies. Dr. Tuzuner is the former Founding Director of Intelligence Studies Research Center and Master Program for Intelligence Studies at the Police Academy in Turkey. During his career in intelligence, he took leading position in planning and carrying out counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. Furthermore, he has participated in UN Peacekeeping Operations in Kosovo. His area of research interests includes Governmental failure, international event data developments, conflict early warning, and intelligence theory. Dr. Tuzuner published on Journal of Peace Research, Review of International Law & Politics, and All Azimuth: A Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace. He is the author of “Intelligence Cooperation Practices in the 21st Century: Towards a Culture of Sharing (IOS Press, 2010).
Dr. Shelly Freyn brings 20 years of industry experience working for Fortune 50 companies along with some private organizations. Her career began in research and development, but later branched into management, market research and technical sales. She has a track record of many new products with some of the top brands in the marketplace and holds a patent that sparked a new market category in the food industry.
Freyn also holds a doctorate in business from Anderson University with a focus in strategic marketing and management. Her research has entailed working with the largest global competitive intelligence association. In addition, she has taken doctoral classes in marketing from Cleveland State University, where she conducted research at CSU’s strategic business unit, working on projects ranging from alternative energy sources for fuel cells to competitive analysis of the automotive parts industry.
Freyn is a member of various groups, among them are the scientific committee for the Institute for Competitive Intelligence, the board of directors for Southern Tier Environments for Living, and the governing board for Athena Power Link.
She is an assistant professor of business working for the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University. She teaches competitive intelligence, marketing research and various other marketing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is adviser of the student CI club and also program director of the Business & Competitive Intelligence major, an interdisciplinary major with course requirements from both the Intelligence Studies and Business departments.
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Dr. Benjamin Baughman is a former Raleigh Police (RPD) Sergeant and currently an Assistant Professor in Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University. After 15 years (1998-2013) with the RPD, Ben Baughman moved back to the United Kingdom (UK) to complete his PhD in Investigative Psychology. Throughout his career in law enforcement he served in the following capacities; Patrol Officer, Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator and Coordinator, State Certified Instructor, Crime Analyst, Detective and Sergeant.
During a departmental paradigm shift to COMPSTAT, Ben read Criminal Shadows by Dr. David Canter and was immediately drawn to this revolutionary approach to applied science in criminal psychology. In 2006, Ben enrolled at the University of Liverpool to pursue a Master of Science in Investigative Psychology. While studying and living in Liverpool, he explored patterns and trends in the spatial behavior of offenders, the development of generalized models of criminal geographical activity, forensic psychology and the utilization of geographical profiling. His Master's Thesis was in the area of hostage/barricaded negotiations. His research found a significant difference in the length of a negotiation involving subjects with a violent criminal history compared to all other subjects.
Ben Baughman followed Professor Canter to the University of Huddersfield to continue his research in the area of criminal sexual behaviors and later completed his PhD in Investigative Psychology. Among several findings, his research has identified eight statistically significant variables which can be used in combination to produce a Behavioral Profile Score (BPS) for a reported rape. A BPS may be used to assist an investigation through systematically displaying cases more indicative of being a genuine or false rape allegation.
In 2013, Ben joined the North Carolina Justice Academy (NCJA) Instructor to utilize his experience, academic focus and research skills to train with other professionals. He earned his General Instructor Certificate from the State of North Carolina in 2003 and has subsequently instructed officers in a multitude of areas such as investigating sexual deviant behavior, hostage negotiations, crisis management, and leadership courses. Additionally, he has taught courses in the application of Investigative Psychology in multiple cities throughout the UK. In August 2017, Dr. Baughman joined the Intelligence Studies faculty at Mercyhurst University.
Professor Leslie A. Guelcher is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies. Professor Guelcher regularly teaches courses in communicating intelligence, intelligence theory and application, research methods, and strategic projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She received a B.A. degree in Communications in 1989 from Marymount University of Virginia, a M.B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University (Cum Laude) in 2011, and a M.S. in Applied Intelligence from Mercyhurst University (Summa Cum Laude) in 2013. She is pursuing her Doctorate of Criminal Justice at California University of Pennsylvania, expected completion spring of 2020. She worked as a marketing and technology director for non-profit and for-profit organizations, as an analyst in anti-money laundering for Chase Bank, and led an investigations team in anti-counterfeiting before joining the faculty at Mercyhurst in 2018.
· RIAP 177: Introduction to Intelligence
· RIAP 178: Intelligence Methods & Analysis
· RIAP 250: Professional Communications
· RIAP 280: Communicating Intelligence Analysis I
· RIAP 281: Communicating Intelligence Analysis II
· RIAP 325: Cyber Threat Analysis
· RIAP 425: Strategic Analysis
· INTL 676: Research Based Project
· Climate security and trends
· Anti-money laundering
· Cyber security and threat analysis
· Communicating intelligence
Dr. Jacob A. Mauslein is an Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University. He received a B.A. in History from Washburn University (magna cum laude) in 2007, an M.A. in Political Science from Kansas State University in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Security Studies from Kansas State University in 2014. Dr. Mauslein comes to Mercyhurst after four years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma State University. During his time at OSU, he taught courses focused on international relations and conflict. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Mauslein was also the Associate Editor of Political Research Quarterly – one of the top-ranked generalist journals in Political Science – from 2014 to 2018.
Dr. Mauslein has several publications in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Terrorism and Political Violence. His research highlights the geospatial aspects of international terrorism, such as local human and physical geographic characteristics that increase the prevalence of terrorist attacks. His research also highlights the political, interstate dynamics of cyber attacks and other forms of digital protest. Dr. Mauslein’s current research continues to build upon the geospatial aspects of terrorist targeting preferences, as well as the interstate factors that increase cyber attacks, cyber terrorism, and cyber espionage.
Christopher A. Corpora, Ph.D. is a Professor of Practice in Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University. He is an intelligence and international security expert with over 25 years of experience in the field and over a decade of teaching – most recently as an Associate Professor at the National Intelligence University. He served as a senior advisor and consultant with multiple U.S. government agencies and private companies, focused on countering transnational threats -- global illicit trafficking, transnational organized crime, corruption and violent extremism. Previously, he served as the Team Lead/Chief of Party for support to the Syrian Opposition with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). Dr. Corpora also served as Team Lead/Chief of Party for CSO’s Maldives post-coup engagement, Senior Advisor for anti-corruption to ISAF and Deputy Director for Anti-Corruption at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to joining CSO, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Federal Bureau of Investigations – helping redesign the Directorate of Intelligence and establish the FBI’s first, focused program to work with state and local law enforcement investigative fusion centers. Dr. Corpora began his career as Counterintelligence (CI) Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Defense and worked in this role for nearly 15 years, culminating in an assignment with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as its first Chief of CI Collection. Throughout his career, he has worked with and supported multiple private and public sector efforts to address the myriad threats associated with illicit trade and transnational organized crime in at-risk regions and has deployed over 10 times to various conflict and post-conflict regions.
Dr. Corpora is a noted nontraditional security threats expert – ranging across the spectrum from counterterrorism through money laundering/threat finance to countering violent extremism – focusing on their effects in developing, conflict and post-conflict regions. He is an accomplished, career national security professional with over 25 years of military, civilian government and private sector experience – including key positions with DIA, ODNI, FBI and U.S. Department of State. He has published and presented dozens of scholarly essays, articles and book chapters and is an active senior fellow and scholar in several research and policy institutes, most notably the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) and an alumni of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Junior Scholars Training Seminar. His most recent publication is “The tangled relationship between organized crime, terrorism and proliferation,” in Michael Tanji’s 2009 edited volume Threats in the Age of Obama. He received his Ph.D. from American University’s School of International Service in 2005. He is the proud father of three wonderfully talented daughters.
Katy-Jan Bobseine is an instructor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University. She previously worked as a counterterrorism intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After leaving the Department of Defense, Ms. Bobseine designed and taught criminal justice and homeland security curriculum for five years at SUNY Jamestown Community College. In that capacity, she also advised multiple student organizations, served as coordinator of the college honors program, and received funding from the federal Undergraduate International Study and Foreign Languages program to pursue international internship opportunities in Japan. She has a particular interest in studying homegrown violent extremism, including the role of social media in HVE radicalization and comparative studies in government-led efforts to counter terrorist messaging. Ms. Bobseine enjoys writing, editing, and briefing and helping students strengthen their written and verbal communication skills.
RIAP 177: Introduction to Intelligence Studies
RIAP 178: Intel Methods and Analysis
RIAP 250: Professional Communications
RIAP 310 Special Topics: Homeland Security
Homegrown violent extremism
Impacts of structured analytic techniques on intelligence analysis
The clash of civil liberties and national security efforts
WMD nonproliferation policy and issues
He received his M.A. degree from Georgetown University, and took advanced studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His specialties included intelligence, terrorism, and Latin American history. A retired FBI agent, he served as the Bureau’s Deputy Chief of Counter-Terrorism and retired from Mercyhurst in 2016 after 24 years.
Brad Gleason has over 23-years’ experience in managing government, state, and local funds in the disciplines of housing development & management, public safety (911, fire, law enforcement, emergency response) and in intelligence. Has yielded over 32 million dollars in grant funding with agencies such as: the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U. S Department of Justice, U. S. Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Department of Commerce, and various state programs and private foundations. Brad holds an M. S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercyhurst University and has a B.S. in Business Management from Gannon University. The Institute's contracting and grant writing capacity has ranged from 14 million dollar projects to $1,500.00 projects with local, state, national and global partners . Brad’s research interests are in non-profit 501 (c) 3’s and the impact of L3Cs, B Corporations and Flex Corporation on their future. Brad administers the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program at Mercyhurst University for the past four years. He has been a team member in the three largest research projects in the Department’s history and intends to translate this experience into future contract and research opportunities for the Ridge School students, alumni, and faculty.
Arthur H. Mills II is assistant professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University. He served as a US Department of State Foreign Service Officer for 22 years, with overseas postings in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and South Asia, as well as assignments in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, where he specialized in terrorism analysis. Professor Mills joined the Mercyhurst Intelligence Studies program in 2005.
B.A., Gannon University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
HIST 103: The 20th Century World
RIAP 250: Professional Communications
RIAP 274: History of Intelligence
RIAP 275: Writing for Intelligence
INTL 570: Comparative History of Intelligence
Chris Pallaris is the Director and Principal Consultant of i-intelligence, a commercial intelligence consultancy based in Switzerland. He leads and coordinates the company’s research, teaching and consulting activities in Europe and beyond, working with both public and private sector organisations to improve their strategic intelligence capabilities. His clients have included EU institutions, government agencies, law enforcement services, large multinationals and small-to-medium enterprises. Previous to this, Chris served as Executive Editor of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) at ETH Zurich. He has also worked as an analyst in the Disputes, Analysis and Investigations division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to his formal duties, Chris serves on the board of the European Open Source Intelligence (EUROSINT) Forum, where he chairs a working group on best practices in intelligence. He is also a board member of the European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies (EINIRAS). In addition to Mercyhurst, Chris teaches at the School of Management and Law, Zurich University of Applied Science.
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Mr Bernhardt is an adjunct instructor for the Department of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University, specializing in competitive intelligence. Douglas has considerable international experience as a consultant and lecturer in competitive intelligence, and before that in the defense industry. He founded one of Europe’s leading competitive intelligence consultancies which he ran throughout most of the 1990s, and is the author of numerous articles, as well as two books published under Financial Times imprints (Perfectly Legal Competitor Intelligence, 1993 and Competitive Intelligence: Acquiring and using corporate intelligence and counter- intelligence, 2003) on the subject. From 1996-9 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP). He also lectures on competitive intelligence as part of the MBA programmes at four leading South African business schools.
Dr. Kimberly Gilligan is currently a nonproliferation specialist in the International Safeguards Group within the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Gilligan received her B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Old Dominion University (ODU), in Norfolk, VA. Gilligan has held several prestigious nonproliferation fellowships, and in 2011 was a fellow at the World Nuclear University in Oxford, United Kingdom. In addition, she has worked in international safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Mr. Bogart was a chief intelligence analyst for a cyber intelligence firm, specializing in OSINT with expertise in corporate security and intelligence, executive protection, and threat actor analysis. Mike serves as an adjunct instructor for the Institute for Intelligence Studies - Mercyhurst University. In addition, he also works as an adjunct instructor for the University of Maryland, University College, teaching upper level undergraduate courses in criminal justice and intelligence since 2009. Mr. Bogart has also worked in security and identity management for a big 5 consulting firm and as a senior border security intelligence analyst supporting a subcontractor for a DHS program. In both academic and professional capacities, Mike has supported the missions of the CIA, DOJ, FBI, State Department, DHS and the DOC. Mike's academic background consists of an undergraduate degree in Philosophy/Pre-Law and as a Mercyhurst alumni where he received his M.S. in Applied Intelligence and the Administration of Justice. Mike is an active member of Infragard and ASIS.
Prof. Zidek an assistant professor teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the Intelligence Studies Program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. Prior to that, he co-founded a cyber intelligence and strategic business company called GenuFi, Inc., catering to corporate and government organizations concerned about intellectual property protection, monetization of premium online content, and cyber security. Prior to founding GenuFi and after leaving the US government, he joined the private sector as Vice President and Director of the Anti-Piracy Intelligence Center at the Motion Picture Association in Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to identifying and mitigating intellectual property and cybercrimes affecting the six major Hollywood Studios. Before entering into the private sector, Mr. Zidek worked as an Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Government in a number of analytical and policy positions at the US Department of State, Defense and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Zidek is a decorated Marine for his service in Iraq and is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. As a Marine reservist, he has served with the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, the Joint Staff’s Intelligence Branch (J2) and Navy-Marine Intelligence Training Command besides numerous infantry commands.