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Advising & Curriculum Overview


Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. For a personal consultation about your career plans and how Graduate Programs in Security & Terrorism Studies can empower you to meet your goals, contact the academic program director, Dr. Marcus Allen Boyd, via email: education-start@umd.edu.

Curriculum

The online Master of Professional Studies in Security & Terrorism Studies (MPS-Security & Terrorism Studies) uses a "whole of social sciences" approach to prepare students to examine the complex social, political, economic, and psychological underpinnings of terrorist and security threats. Students are exposed to the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research and/or be successful in an analytic career. The program has a 36-credit, twelve course curriculum designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide a rigorous theoretical background for security, defense, and intelligence professionals.
  • Introduce and further develop students’ methodological skills as analysts and researchers in security, defense, and intelligence.
  • Foster cross-cutting student research in security, defense, and intelligence.
  • Inculcate comprehensive ethical standards in security, defense, and intelligence analysis.
  • Introduce students to a variety of data collection, analysis, and interpretation strategies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various roles and responsibilities of security and intelligence agencies at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels.
  • Develop a research design to test hypotheses in a given analytical framework.
  • Recognize relevant ethical argumentation for and against security and intelligence gathering and analysis activities.
  • Identify and understand key challenges in the analysis of security and terrorism threats

Curriculum

The online Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis has a 12-credit, four course curriculum designed to meet the following learning objectives. Students who successfully complete requirements for the GC-Terrorism Analysis may apply these credits towards the MPS-Security & Terrorism Studies if the student applies and is admitted.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of social science terrorism research, including psychological, social, political, and economic aspects of terrorism from both practitioner and academic research perspectives.
  2. Develop a research design to test hypotheses in a given analytical framework.
  3. Identify and understand key challenges in the analysis of terrorism threats.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion graduates will have mastered the following competencies. The outcomes relate to the numbered learning objective, above.

Outcomes for Objective #1

  • Review academic literature from across the social sciences as they relate to terrorism analysis.
  • Use case studies to examine weaknesses and identify potential policies and procedures that could strengthen relationships.
  • Explain how the social science theories and methods work with each other to identify trends in terrorism.

Outcomes for Objective #2

  • Design, implement, and deploy an effective research design appropriate to a given research question within terrorism analysis.

Outcomes for Objective #3

  • Ascertain the present and future challenges facing human and national security.
  • Document and effectively communicate potential future outcomes of pressing national security issues.
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