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Curriculum & Plan of Study: MPS - Security and Terrorism Studies


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: education-start@umd.edu

Overview

  • The MPS-Security & Terrorism Studies has a 36-credit, 12-course curriculum that provides students with advanced education on the causes, dynamics, and impacts of terrorism and wider issues related to human security in a complex world.
  • 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 and is 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.
  • 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.
  • Program can be completed in four semesters of continuous full-time enrollment. Part-time enrollment is welcome. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.
  • Program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held in fall and spring semester (16 weeks each).

Courses

  • 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.

BSST6XX: Theories of Security and Terrorism Studies
BSST6XX: The U.S. Security Infrastructure
BSST633: Research Design in Security and Terrorism Studies
BSST6XX: Analytic Methods
BSST630: Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors
BSST631: Societal Impacts of and Responses to Terrorism
BSST634: Legal and Criminal Approaches to Counterterrorism
BSST635: Countering Violent Extremism: Policy and Practice
BSST698: Seminar in Terrorism Studies
BSST699: Independent Study in Terrorism Studies
BSST6XX: Non-state Actors Threats and Responses
BSST6XX: Near-Peer Competition 
BSST6XX: Capstone

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, Full-time

Semester Year Course Section Credits
Fall 1 BSST630 PWT* 3
Fall 1 BSST634 PWT* 3
Fall 1 BSST6** PWT* 3
Spring 1 BSST631 PWT* 3
Spring 1 BSST633 PWT* 3
Spring 1 BSST6** PWT* 3
Fall 2 BSST635 PWT* 3
Fall 2 BSST6** PWT* 3
Fall 2 BSST6** PWT* 3
Spring 2 BSST6** PWT* 3
Spring 2 BSST6** PWT* 3
Spring 2 BSST6** PWT* 3

Sample Plan of Study, Part-time

Semester Year Course Section Credits
Fall 1 BSST630 PWT* 3
Fall 1 BSST634 PWT* 3
Spring 1 BSST631 PWT* 3
Spring 1 BSST633 PWT* 3
Fall 2 BSST6** PWT* 3
Fall 2 BSST6** PWT* 3
Spring 2 BSST6** PWT* 3
Spring 2 BSST6** PWT* 3
Fall 3 BSST6** PWT* 3
Fall 3 BSST6** PWT* 3
Spring 3 BSST6** PWT* 3
Spring 3 BSST6** 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
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