Intelligence Studies

MCIIS is a center of excellence which promotes the study of Intelligence in higher academic settings, while seeking to identify, promote, and employ best practices in the study and application of intelligence studies throughout its various disciplines (national security, law enforcement, business and academia). The institute was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) in February 2004.

Have you ever thought about working for the CIA, FBI, or the NSA? How about the prospect of working as a competitive intelligence analyst in a large corporation? You may have dreamed of working in a foreign country on issues of global importance like nuclear terror, organized crime, and the spread of infectious diseases. You can realize these dreams and make the world a more secure place by becoming an entry level analyst in either the public or private sector through the Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies (MCIIS).

The institute through its academic branch, the Department of Intelligence Studies, offers a Bachelor of Art in Intelligence Studies and a Master of Science in Applied Intelligence. Internships, research opportunities, and in-school employment are provided through the Institute’s Center for Information, Research, Analysis and Training (CIRAT).