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Plan of Study - MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies


Overview

The MPS-Security & Terrorism Studies is a 36-credit online graduate program designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time study. Part-time enrollment is welcome. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.

See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the program director. The program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held in fall and spring semester (16 weeks each). 

Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web services site, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.

The program has specific section codes for registration which are listed on the sample plan of study. Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary. UMD graduate students in other programs who are interested in registering for courses in this program, see Non-Program Student Registration.

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
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

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:

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

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