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The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, better known as START, is a University of Maryland-based research and education center comprised of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. To investigate questions related to terrorism, counterterrorism, and community resilience, START offers Graduate Programs in Security and Terrorism Studies. The programs are designed to provide students with advanced education on the causes, dynamics, and impacts of terrorism and wider issues related to human security in a complex world.

Graduate Programs in Security and Terrorism Studies include a master of professional studies and a graduate certificate. 

  • Master of Professional Studies in Security and Terrorism Studies (MPS-Security & Terrorism Studies) is a 36-credit program that prepares 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 is 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.
  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis (GC-Terrorism Analysis) is a 12-credit program 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. The program is appropriate for both academicians and practitioners, is flexible in structure, and will provide students with a thorough understanding of terrorism studies and terrorism analysis.

Graduate Programs in Security & Terrorism Studies feature online instruction which offers greater flexibility and increased opportunity to tailor learning that accommodates personal and professional responsibilities. UMD’s online learning environment delivers content through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field.  The program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held in the fall and spring semester (16 weeks each).

Academic Program Director Contact Information

Housed in the University of Maryland, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, START educates, mentors, and trains the next generation of national security scholars and practitioners. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Dr. Marcus Allen Boyd
START
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
P.O. Box 266
5245 Greenbelt Road
College Park, MD 20740
Email: education-start@umd.edu

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