Notre Dame College

Certificate in Intelligence Analysis

Today you can prepare for challenging and rewarding careers that can help make the nation and world more secure through the Certificate in Intelligence Analysis offered by the Center for Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame College. Now, more than ever, skilled intelligence analysts are needed to assess and manage information dealing with critical issues such as international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, climate change, organized crime, immigration, or the spread of infectious diseases. By preparing assessments based on the collection, correlation and analysis of intelligence data, analysts manage and provide critical information for use by planners and decision makers.

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, and was the first program of this kind in Ohio. 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. Students earning a Certificate in Intelligence Analysis will complete the following courses: Introduction to Intelligence Analysis, Research and Analysis, Writing and Briefing, and Terrorism. A certificate can be earned in less than a year.

Benefits: From courses taught by experienced intelligence professionals, students learn relevant, useful skills. Courses can be completed over an 8 week period and students receive quality instruction from a reputable institution of higher learning.

Skills: Effective writing and briefing skills, research methodologies, computer skills, understanding of the intelligence cycle, production of professional analytic reports, and effective communication of information to decision or policy makers.

Quality and Convenience: Students will gain the knowledge and basic skills to work as analysts in national security, law enforcement, and the private sector. Instructors are current or retired intelligence professionals with extensive experience as intelligence professionals. Offered by an accredited institution of higher learning, the certificate can be earned in less than one year through the convenience of online course offerings.

Growth potential: Notre Dame College's Certificate in Intelligence Analysis is a valuable complement to a degree in criminal justice, political science, history, sociology, psychology, international relations, and public administration. Analysts work around the world for government and law enforcement agencies as well as private corporations.

Job opportunities: Employment opportunities exist in the federal government, law enforcement, and the private sector. The need for analysts has increased dramatically, and there is a demand for persons with good communications and critical thinking skills.

Admission prerequisites include a minimum of an associate's degree, or graduation from an accredited law enforcement training academy (proof required with registration). Students should possess basic computer skills.

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