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Curriculum & Plan of Study: GC - Terrorism Analysis

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more, prospective students should contact the program director, Dr. Marcus Allen Boyd, via email:


  • The GC-Terrorism Analysis has a 12-credit, 4-course curriculum that 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.
  • Plan of study designed to meet the following learning objectives. 
    • 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.
    • Develop a research design to test hypotheses in a given analytical framework.
    • Identify and understand key challenges in the analysis of terrorism threats.
  • Appropriate for individuals interested in (and/or currently) working in fields related to intelligence analysis, homeland security analysis, or analysis of other relevant topic areas; and individuals interested in (and/or currently) conducting scholarly research on terrorism and security.


  • Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows: BSST Course Descriptions.

BSST630: Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors
BSST631: Societal Impacts of and Responses to Terrorism
BSST633: Research Design in Security and Terrorism Studies
BSST634: Legal and Criminal Approaches to Counterterrorism
BSST635: Countering Violent Extremism: Policy and Practice

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director. 
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary semester to semester. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite. 
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit. 
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration, which are listed on the sample plan of study.

Sample Plan of Study

Semester Year Course Section Credits
Fall 1 BSST630 PWT* 3
Fall 1 BSST634 or BSST635 PWT* 3
Spring 1 BSST631 PWT* 3
Spring 1 BSST633 PWT* 3

Online Learning

  • The program features 100% online instruction with engaging and interactive learning.
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field. 
  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content. [/professionals-post-baccalaureates/professional-graduate-programs/online-learning-resources]
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

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

  • Review academic literature from across the social sciences as they relate to terrorism analysis. (Learning Objective #1)
  • Use case studies to examine weaknesses and identify potential policies and procedures that could strengthen relationships. (Learning Objective #1)
  • Explain how the social science theories and methods work with each other to identify trends in terrorism. (Learning Objective #1)
  • Design, implement, and deploy an effective research design appropriate to a given research question within terrorism analysis. (Learning Objective #2)
  • Ascertain the present and future challenges facing human and national security. (Learning Objective #3)
  • Document and effectively communicate potential future outcomes of pressing national security issues. (Learning Objective #3)
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