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Homeland Security - Counterterrorism

12 months
1007 USD/credit 33231 USD/year
1007 USD/credit 33231 USD/year
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Build an understanding of terrorist organizations and their motives, threats, recruitment strategies, and operational tactics. This online Homeland Security - Counterterrorism master's degree program option at Pennsylvania State University also covers the evolution of counterterrorism in the U.S. and abroad.


The growth of global and domestic terrorism has brought about a heightened demand for educated professionals who can proactively create counterterrorism policies and swiftly respond to potential or realized acts of terror. As a student in the MPS in Homeland Security - Counterterrorism option program at Pennsylvania State University, you can gain understanding of strategic, policy-based, and practical solutions for terrorism that are appropriate for government and the private and nonprofit sectors. You can learn such core skills as terrorism data analysis, security and intelligence assessment, report writing, threat management, counterterrorism briefing, and anti-terrorism assessment strategies.

The MPS in Homeland Security - Counterterrorism option can provide you with a broad base of knowledge relevant to the current policies and programs of the Homeland Security administration. Courses in the option are designed to give students a detailed understanding of terrorist organizations, along with their motives, threats, recruitment strategies, and operational tactics. The program also covers the evolution of, and issues related to, counterterrorism in the U.S. and other contexts. It can further provide you with a focus on understanding terrorist organizations in detail, along with their motives, threats, recruitment strategies, and operational tactics.

Learning outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you should be able to:
  • understand the conditions that give rise to terrorism
  • identify and evaluate basic counterterrorism operations
  • plan and execute programs for intelligence gathering
  • collect and analyze data and turn it into actionable information

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs
  • Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues
  • Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency
  • Counterterrorism
  • Root Causes of Terrorism
  • Tools and Analysis of Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Politics of Terrorism 
  • Radicalization, Counter Radicalization, and De-Radicalization
  • Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security
  • U.S. Military's Domestic Imperative: Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities
  • American Foreign Policy

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA and Test Scores — Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required
  • English Proficiency
  • References (3)
  • Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application. 
  • Statement of Purpose — A statement of no more than 500 words explaining to the admissions committee how your professional experience and goals relate to the program to which you are applying. Your statement could include aspects such as the following: Your reasons for pursuing the degree; why you feel you are a good candidate for the program; and any information you would like the admissions committee to know about you personally and/or professionally.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33231 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33231 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.


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