University of Maryland - College Park

START Terrorism Analysis Graduate Certificate


College Park

Washington, DC 20742

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis

Format: Online

Program Description:

START offers a fully online, open enrollment Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis through the University of Maryland's Graduate School's Advanced Special Student program. Program Description START's Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics, and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Participants also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism. This program is appropriate for both academicians and practitioners and can be completed in 12 months. Eligibility Eligible applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree at a foreign university. A 3.0 GPA is preferred, but experience may substitute. GRE scores are not required. Students are required to enroll in four courses: Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors This course will provide an introduction to the study of terrorism, focusing on explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior. To do so, it will draw upon theories from social psychology, sociology, political science, criminology, and history. The course will draw heavily from historical examples as well as current examples of international and domestic terrorist groups around the world. Societal Impacts of and Responses to Terrorism This course will address the manners in which a variety of different actors respond to both terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorism. The course will examine local responses to terrorist incidents (9/11 and other events) through emergency response organizations, community organizations, and volunteerism. The course will also look at local impacts of terrorism including effects on individual and group attitudes and behaviors. The course will then move to policy decisions made in response to both terrorist attacks and the threat of terrorism, addressing such issues as homeland security planning, border security, and surveillance. Finally, the course will address individual and community recovery from terrorist attacks, looking at such issues as psychological impacts of trauma, historical memory, and effects of disaster on civil society. The goal of the course will be to develop a multifaceted perspective on individual and community resilience in the face of terrorist threats. Development of Counterterrorism Policy and Programs This class will explore counterterrorism (CT) policies and policy making since 2001 as well as the programs developed by Departments and Agencies to implement these policies. This course draws from the current policy making process in the Federal government focusing on the National Security Council at the White House. The class will provide insight into Federal Departments and Agencies in the CT community focusing on how they interact in the policy making process, their major CT equities, and how these policies have been translated into real-world programs and applications. The course will challenge the students to consider problems and solutions for homeland and national security not only today, but ten to twenty years from now as well. This course will emphasize the need for students to be creative and forward looking in their analysis and not accept the status quo as the correct answer. Research Methods in Terrorism and Counterterrorism This course involves the practical aspect of the role quantitative research methods and statistics play in understanding terrorism by the scientific and intelligence communities. The course should provide students with 1) a basic understanding of the methods of quantitative research available to social scientists studying terrorism, 2) the connection between information and data, and 3) how to make sense out of a body of data. It will cover a variety of design issues, methodological issues and analytic techniques. The techniques provide a springboard for the discussion of important methodological issues: the relationship between theory and data, the logic of inference, causality, data collection, model specification, standardized versus unstandardized data and many others. All the courses are taught online in a synchronous format. This means you will be required to attend the classes at the times scheduled. Classes are usually scheduled for once a week and start after 5 p.m. EST to accommodate students who work full time. In order to complete the program, students must complete all four of the courses above. We do not allow substitutions or transfers credits for any of these courses. All the courses are taught online in a synchronous format. This means you will be required to attend the classes at the times scheduled. Classes are usually scheduled for once a week and start after 5 p.m. EST to accommodate students who work full time.


The University of Maryland, College Park is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education ( MSCHE ), under the authority of the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, individual colleges, schools, and departments are accredited by a number of other groups.

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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 12

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 700.00 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

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