Competitive Intelligence

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Competitive Intelligence is designed to help you apply intelligence processes and procedures in the commercial community by providing foundational knowledge of intelligence analysis, counterintelligence, national security policy, corporate finance, and criminal intelligence. This online certificate is useful for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of competitive intelligence without committing to a degree program. 

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online graduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Overview of intelligence analysis
  • U.S. and global counterintelligence
  • International threats to U.S. security
  • National security policy and decision making
  • Legal and ethical issues in management
  • Corporate finance
  • Criminal intelligence analysis and organized crime
  • Intelligence profiling, computer crime, and industrial espionage

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Synthesize the salient themes of competitive intelligence.
  • Assess the application of intelligence studies processes and procedures to the commercial business environment.
  • Develop an original analysis of a competitive intelligence issue utilizing current open source data and information.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.