Notre Dame College
Certificate in Competitive Intelligence
The Certificate in Competitive Intelligence, offered by the Center for Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame College, is cutting edge. Just as Notre Dame College was the first institution of higher learning in Ohio to offer a certificate in intelligence analysis for national security, the College is meeting the challenge of helping today's business leaders to make informed decisions.
The intelligence studies program at Notre Dame College was founded in 2003 in order to prepare students for careers in the rapidly growing field of intelligence analysis. Now the Center for Intelligence Studies, the program began offering the Certificate in Intelligence Analysis in 2004. An undergraduate program in Intelligence Analysis and Research began in 2005, and a second certificate program, in Competitive (Business) Intelligence was added in 2006.
Today's global market has changed the landscape for many business and marketing professionals. The need to understand the competition, changing trends, and economic, cultural, and political conditions worldwide makes the ability to gather information in an ethical manner essential. Equally important is the capability to analyze and present the information in a manner that can help decision makers understand the issues and challenges that exist in today's increasingly competitive world.
To earn the Certificate in Competitive Intelligence, students will complete the following courses: Competitive Intelligence in a Global Economy, Writing for Business Intelligence, Research and Business Decision Making for Competitive Intelligence, and Analytical Techniques for Business Intelligence. Students may opt to add a course on Terrorism as well. The minimum requirement for admission into the program is a bachelor's degree in business, marketing, or a related field. Students should possess basic computer skills.
Benefits: The opportunity to learn about the latest developments in information gathering, analysis, and dissemination in a certificate program that can be completed in less than a year.
Skills: Students can acquire relevant and practical skills for business and marketing analysis. Account representatives, financial analysts, marketing analysts, and sales representatives can all benefit from the skills learned through this certificate program. Students will develop skills in research, analysis, writing, and executive briefings.
Quality and Convenience: Offered by an accredited institution of higher learning, the Certificate in Competitive (Business) Intelligence is taught by experienced competitive intelligence professionals through the convenience of online learning. This is a practical, timely, flexible, and cost effective program.
Growth potential: A fast track program that can enhance a credential and qualify an individual for one of the fastest growing career opportunities in today's global economy.
Job opportunities: Employment opportunities exist with large and small corporations, both national and international. There is an increasing need for research, analysis, and predictions regarding future competition.