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Applied Intelligence Certificate Counterintelligence Certificate  Online Course Information

Applied Intelligence Certificate

We are currently taking applications for the Applied Intelligence Certificate cohort starting in the fall term, on Monday, March 9th, 2015. 

Application deadline is January 30, 2015.


The Mercyhurst University Certificate in Applied Intelligence is a three course, nine credit hour graduate certificate 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,
  • and strengthen their team management skills.

The courses 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

The nine 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 Mercyhurst University Institute for Intelligence Studies.

Course Descriptions

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)

Applied Intelligence Certificate Information Sheet

Counterintelligence Certificate

The Counterintelligence certificate is now open to all qualified individuals in the D.C. area and not restricted to employees of our corporate partners. The classes are offered only onsite in McLean, Virginia on Tuesday evenings from 6PM-8:30PM, with an additional online component.

The Graduate Certificate in Counterintelligence is designed to prepare students to identify and evaluate foreign security intelligence threats and espionage organizations—their objectives, their structure, and their techniques for collection and analysis. Course material draws heavily on specific case studies, with in-depth analysis of the policy issues, decision-making processes, methodology conflicts, and legal ramifications surrounding these operations. Through discussion of the historical role of counterintelligence in the development of a national security strategy, students will examine its successes and failures, understand its laws and regulations, and recognize its threats and indicators.

The courses are sequential and build on each other. Students must complete the courses listed below in the following sequence:

  • INTL 575 The Evolution of Counterintelligence
  • INTL 635 Counterintelligence Events and Concepts
  • INTL 645 Counterespionage and Policy Making

Course Descriptions

Evolution of Counterintelligence (INTL 575)
This course will explore how counterespionage cases have served as historical markers in identifying the international threat facing the nation at that particular moment. These investigations are woven into the fabric of the nation's political history and have forced profound changes in government policy. In this course students will examine the issues, controversies and personalities that have shaped the development of counterintelligence over the past century. (3 credits)

Counterintelligence Events and Concepts (INTL 635)
This course will examine major counterintelligence issues and concepts, as well as the history and impact on U.S. national security and foreign policy from 1945 to the present. Students will analyze offensive operational concepts, including double agents, illegals, and counterespionage operations, as well as how U.S. and foreign intelligence and counterintelligence services function. Students will learn to identify the motivation of spies and defectors, and describe how counterintelligence investigations are conducted. This course will also explore the concepts of deception and asset validation. (3 credits)

Counterespionage and Policy Making (INTL 645)
This course will assess the impact of counterintelligence on national and international policy. Students will study how counterintelligence is executed through the different U.S. intelligence communities and discuss the relationship of counterintelligence between private sector and government. Students will also examine the complexities of asset validation and deception. (3 credits)

Upcoming Cohorts

Please contact Ms. Linda Bremmer, online and offsite program director, for more information on the next cohort.


Certificate Program Costs

New tuition and fees rates are effective beginning in the summer term, 2014. These costs will remain in effect through spring term, 2015.

TUITION (per 3-credit course): $2,208.00
TOTAL per term: $2,318.00

NOTE: The certificate covers three 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.

Total tuition and fees for 3 terms: $6,954.00 USD
Total books and supplies (est.): $250.00 USD
Estimated total program cost: $7,204.00

Mercyhurst University has a payment plan system to assist those who will not be using loans to cover the cost of their education. You can find out more about the payment plan option here:   Mercyhurst Payment Plan Information


Online Course Information

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 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.

2014 – 2015 Term Schedule for Online Classes:

FALL TERM:  September 8, 2014 - November 18, 2014
WINTER TERM: December 1, 2014 - February 22, 2015 (Break December 22 - January 5)
SPRING TERM: March 9, 2015 - May 18, 2015

2015 – 2016 Term Schedule for Online Classes:

SUMMER TERM: June 1, 2015 - August 11, 2015
FALL TERM:  September 7, 2015 - November 17, 2015
WINTER TERM: November 30, 2015 - February 23, 2016 (Break December 21 - January 4)
SPRING TERM: March 7, 2016 - May 17. 2016

For More Information

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


Intelligence Certificate Program Information and Policies

Mercyhurst University Graduate Catalog

Applied Intelligence Certificate Fact Sheet

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