We are currently accepting applications for the Erie, PA Master of Science Applied Intelligence degree with classes beginning in September 2015.

Apply Now - Application deadline is March 31, 2015 for fall semester admission.


Today, thousands of researchers and intelligence analysts work throughout the United States and abroad in government agencies and private enterprises. The work of these intelligence analysts whether relating to national security, criminal investigative activities, business intelligence, or terrorism, involves the preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of information. Building on the nationally renowned undergraduate Intelligence Studies program, the Applied Intelligence Program provides students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed as intelligence analysts and leaders of analytical teams at federal and state agencies or within the law enforcement and competitive intelligence.

The Master of Science in Applied Intelligence is a 34 or 36 credit program designed to provide a theoretical and practical framework for the study of intelligence and its application in a wide variety of contexts. This is accomplished through a rigorous curriculum that includes a basic core, which exposes students to the fundamental and advanced concepts and analytic techniques related to intelligence, and a set of elective courses that allows the student to pursue study in areas of law enforcement, national security and competitive intelligence.

Students enrolled in the Applied Intelligence program are afforded state-of-the-art learning resources, excellent liaison with potential employers in government and the private sector, access to a core of successful graduates, and exposure to an experienced and accomplished faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Intelligence graduate program will be able to:

Those interested in receiving additional information about the graduate program, including an application packet, should complete the online inquiry form.

Degree Requirements

To obtain a master's degree in Applied Intelligence, the graduate student must complete 34 graduate hours of study that includes seven core courses with a thesis (25 credits) and three elective courses (9 credits).

The required curriculum is as follows:

Core Courses

(7 courses): 21 credits



While an internship is not required in the graduate program, internships are highly recommended.  For academic credit to be awarded, a student must complete a period of employment (minimum of 200 hours) as a intelligence analyst with a government, international agency or corporation during which certain experience objects must be met.

The following outlines the suggested plan of coursework for MS in Applied Intelligence students.

Academic Plan

First Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

Second Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

Tuition and Fees 2014-2015 Estimate

2014-2015 Tuition

2014-2015 Required Fees

Approximate Total Cost for Attendance for the Degree

(please note that these are based on 2014-2015 tuition/fee rates and do not include housing, books, or other costs associated with attendance in an academic program; tuition and fees may be increased each academic year)

Full-time Thesis Option 34 credits in 4 semesters: $26,644.00 USD

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Mercyhurst University Graduate Course Catalog

Information Sheet on M.S. in Applied Intelligence Program