National & Competitive Intelligence

Graduate Certificate

The Certificate Program in National and Competitive Intelligence is designed to promote students' analytical capabilities, not only improving their competitiveness in the employment process, but also giving them solid intellectual foundations for demanding professional careers. The program specifically helps prepare students for careers in government, especially intelligence positions, as well as analytical executive positions in the banking, insurance, and the pharmaceutical industries. The flexible program includes workshops and seminars which each student can fit with his or her major course of study. Those who complete the Certificate Program should be able to effectively gather, analyze, and evaluate information and present conclusions both orally and in writing.

The requirements for the graduate certificate are:

  1. Prior foreign language instruction of 4 semesters or more in any language. Students may have to pass a foreign language proficiency test.
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least one professional writing course
  3. Satisfactory completion of at least one international relations course
  4. Satisfactory completion of at least two courses in college/major departments that promote analytic skills and critical thinking
  5. Satisfactory completion of a 4-day summer seminar organized by the Program Director
  6. Minimum completion of 12 credits.

Satisfactory completion = C or better; C- is not sufficient.

Foreign Language Proficiency (Minimum 4 semesters of language study, or proficiency)

Students admitted to the graduate certificate program must have completed at least 4 semesters of a foreign language before admission to the graduate program. Students may be required to pass an exam administered by the World Languages Department to determine if the student has the equivalent of two years of language instruction in any foreign language. The placement exam will be administered after a student has taken language instruction at USF or for students who claim foreign language proficiency upon enrolling at USF. Those students who want to pursue additional training in a "hard" language (Chinese, Arabic, for example) are eligible for some funding support under this program; interested students should submit a language-study proposal to the Director of the program.

Professional Writing (3 credit hour minimum)

The certificate program places a heavy emphasis on developing writing skills. Certificate holders must have satisfactorily completed one of the following professional writing courses:

International Relations (3 credit hour minimum)

Certificate holders must have satisfactorily completed one of the following international relations courses:

Analytic skills and critical thinking courses (6 credit hour minimum)

Certificate holders must satisfactorily complete courses in their majors/minors that promote analytical skills and critical thinking. The Program Director, in consultation with the Dean of the College or Department of a requesting student, can include proposed courses (such as independent study) to fulfill this requirement; course approval will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Workshops and Seminars (2 credit hour minimum)

The Program Director will conduct workshops (one-day) and seminars (4 consecutive days during the summer break). Students pursuing a certificate must participate in one workshop prior to registering for a seminar. The workshops will be conducted frequently during the academic year and the 4-day seminar will be offered during the summer months (ideally, one in June, one in July and one in August). Satisfactory completion of the seminar constitutes a 2-credit course. The seminars may be repeated for credit.

Contact Walter Adrusyszyn at for more information