Ridge College
of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
Mercyhurst University

Applied Intelligence Graduate Certificate - Online

 We are currently taking applications for the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Intelligence cohorts starting in the spring term, on March 7, 2016, and for the fall term, beginning on September 5, 2016.

The online Applied Intelligence Graduate Certificate program through the Ridge College at Mercyhurst University is a four course, twelve credit hour program. This challenging and demanding academic experience provides students with a variety of analytical skills and exposure to the latest technologies in intelligence theory, communications, and research. The goals of the program are to:

  • Introduce students to current intelligence theory and application
  • Build their intelligence analysis skills
  • Improve their intelligence writing abilities

The courses of the online Applied Intelligence Graduate Certificate are sequential and build on each other. Students must complete the courses listed below in the following sequence:

  • INTL 510 Intelligence Theories and Applications
  • INTL 580 Intelligence Communications
  • INTL 520 Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Intelligence Elective Course

The twelve graduate credits awarded through the certificate may be used to partially satisfy the degree requirements for the Master of Science degree in Applied Intelligence offered by the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Information Science at Mercyhurst University.

What are the courses in the Applied Intelligence Certificate?

Intelligence Theories and Applications (INTL 510)

A survey course that introduces the student to the discipline of intelligence and provides the student with an understanding of how intelligence systems function, how they fit within the policymaking systems of free societies, and how they are managed and controlled. The course will integrate intelligence theory with the methodology and processes that evolved over time to assist the intelligence professional. The course will develop in the student a range of advanced research and thinking skills fundamental to the intelligence analysis process. (3 credits)

Intelligence Communications (INTL 580)

The skill most appreciated by the intelligence consumer is the ability to communicate, briefly and effectively, the results of detailed analytic work. This course, through repetitive application of a focused set of skills to a body of information of constantly increasing complexity, is designed to prepare intelligence analysts to deliver a variety of written intelligence products. (3 credits)

Advanced Analytical Techniques (INTL 520)

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore techniques emerging from the intelligence community and physical and social sciences and apply those techniques to intelligence problems. Focusing on a variety of techniques from a variety of disciplines, this course will expose an advanced student to new and potentially useful methods for conducting intelligence analysis. (3 credits)


  • Studies in Terrorism
  • Intelligence Support to Targeting
  • Geospatial Intelligence
  • Financial Intelligence Analysis
  • Nonproliferation Analysis
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • Contemporary Leadership in Intelligence
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Social Network Analysis

How much does the Applied Intelligence Certificate cost?

The Applied Intelligence Graduate Certificate covers four terms. However, students are billed for only one class at a time, one per term, so each class is paid for separately. You do not pay for the entire certificate at once. New tuition and fee rates are effective beginning in the summer term, 2016. These costs will remain in effect through spring term, 2017.

  • TUITION (per 3-credit course): $2,400.00
  • TECHNOLOGY FEE: $70.00
  • TOTAL per term: $2,520.00
  • Total tuition and fees for 4 terms (texts not included): $10,080.00 USD

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How can I learn online at Mercyhurst's Ridge College?

Mercyhurst’s online courses are delivered through the Blackboard Learning Management System. The classes are asynchronous, so students can access the course material 24/7, without having to be "there" at a specific time. However, the courses are not “independent or self-study.”  You may be required to brief or "meet" with your instructor or group members in an online format.

Courses are designed with 10 weekly learning units, with due dates and times each week for assignments, including required readings, postings to the discussion board, written products, presentations and other projects. Students generally log into the course at least three times per week and can expect to spend an average of 10 hours per week working on assignments.

Class sizes are limited to approximately 20 students, so that individual attention is assured. In addition to communication through Blackboard, instructors are accessible by phone and email.

Mercyhurst University operates on the term system, with four terms in each academic year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Each term is 10 1/2 weeks long.

2016 – 2017 Term Schedule for Online Classes:

SPRING TERM: March 7, 2016 - May 17. 2016
SUMMER TERM: June 6, 2016 - August 16, 2016
FALL TERM:  September 5, 2016 - November 15, 2016
WINTER TERM: November 28, 2016 - February 20, 2017 (Break December 18 - January 2)
SPRING TERM: March 6, 2017 - May 15. 2017

Apply to the Applied Intelligence online program to become an intelligence professional today! 

For More Information

Ms. Linda Bremmer, Director of Online and Offsite Graduate Intelligence Programs
Ridge College for Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546-0001 USA
814-824-2170 (EST)
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