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Terrorism Analysis (Z039)   

Program Title and Classification

Terrorism Analysis

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is dedicated to training and mentoring a new generation of scholars and analysts capable of examining questions related to the behavior of terrorists and terrorist groups and to the issue of how societies can best prepare for dealing with a terrorist threat or responding to a terrorist attack. START’s Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis 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 consists of four required courses. Each course is offered once per calendar year, in an online, synchronous learning environment. The program can be completed in as little as 12 months to 24 months.


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 responses to terrorism.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • CV/Resume

*Visa Eligibility: This program is not eligible for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance by the University of Maryland.

Eligible applicants must have earned a 4-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree at a foreign university. A 3.0 GPA is preferred, but experience may substitute. GRE scores are not required. All applications must be submitted via the online application available at:

All application materials must be received by the deadlines as described below.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: 

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
26 July12 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
26 July12 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

12 credits required

BSST 630: Motivations and Intents of Terrorists and Terrorist Groups (3 credits)

BSST 631: Societal Impacts of and Responses to Terrorism (3 credits)

BSST 632: Development of Counterterrorism Policies and Programs (3 credits)

BSST 633: Research Methods in Terrorism and Counterterrorism (3 credits)


The Certificate is earned by successful completion of all four of Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Anaylsis courses. These courses may be taken in any order although students must have successfully completed one other class before enrolling in BSST633: Research Methods in Terrorism Studies.

Graduate Certificate Courses

BSST 630: Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors
(Fall semesters)
Focuses on theories explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior.

BSST631: Societal Impact of and Responses to Terrorism
(Spring semesters)
Examines ways in which different actors respond to both terrorist incidents and to the threat of terrorism.

BSST 632: Development of Counterterrorism Policy and Programs
(Fall semesters)
Explores counterterrorism policies and policy making processes and actors since 2001.

BSST 633: Research Methods in Terrorism and Counterterrorism
(Spring semesters)
Provides students with a basic understanding of the methods of quantitative research available to social scientists studying terrorism and counterterrorism.


Facilities and Special Resources

The START Consortium at the University of Maryland has pulled from its extensive experience in the field of terrorism research and analysis in order to formulate the Graduate Certificate curriculum. Students are drawn from the academic and professional worlds, which brings a range of perspectives to the virtual classroom. Its goal is to provide a well rounded and sophisticated approach to the subject matter and to cultivate a stimulating learning environment.

Financial Assistance

START does not currently provide financial assistance to Graduate Certificate students.


Initial application fee: $75
Tuition and fees per course: $2,100
Please note: Students are responsible for purchasing their own books, software, and other supplies as required by each instructor. Students may be required to pay additional UMD student fees.

Contact Statement

To request a virtual information packet, set up a virtual information appointment, or receive information about an upcoming information session: please email Joyce Rasing at



Joyce Rasing, Graduate Education Program Coordinator

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 250

College Park Maryland, 20740

Telephone: +1 (301) 405-2576


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