Welcome from our Head Faculty and Program Directors
Director of Graduate Studies, Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Director, START
START Executive Director
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START offers a fully online Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis through the University of Maryland's Graduate School. The program is delivered in a synchronous format using multiple online platforms provided by the University of Maryland, College Park.
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. Our certificate 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. Students can complete the program in as little as one academic year.
The admissions process for the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis is designed to determine whether the program is a good fit for your background, education and professional development goals.
Domestic students must have:
- Received at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale);
- Experience, education, and/or substantial interest in terrorism and counterterrorism studies and research; and
- GRE scores or any other standardized scores are not required for this program.
International students must have:
- Received at least a baccalaureate degree at a foreign university or college equivalent to that of a U.S. institution;
- A TOEFL score of 100 or higher unless otherwise exempt*; and,
- GRE scores are not required for this program.
*All International students must show evidence of acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson's (PTE), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). See information on the University of Maryland Graduate School website for specific admissions requirements, including minimum scores. If admitted with an English language requirement provision, the graduate student must complete an English course available only at the University of Maryland, College Park. Please visit the University of Maryland Graduate School website for more information regarding these courses. The exempt countries and minimum scores are found here.
For individuals that complete the TOEFL, the test must be valid at the time of your application. TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date. For the University of Maryland to receive your TOEFL scores, please use our code: 5814.
For the University of Maryland to receive your IELTS scores, please have your score sheet mailed to:
University of Maryland
Enrollment Service Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742
Note for International Graduate Students: University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. We encourage applications from international students, however as a fully online program we are not able to sponsor any educational visa for travel to the University of Maryland.
Deadlines (Both Domestic and International Students)
University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process
The application is available through University of Maryland Graduate School application system. Before completing the application, applicants must check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions for this program.
As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:
**Official Transcripts will be requested if admitted.
Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision.
Students must complete four (4) courses. The program format is online and synchronous and the courses occur after 6:00pm ET or on weekends, and are 2.5 hours long. These courses follow a standard Fall or Spring academic semester of 15 weeks.
Research Methods Course
(Students must choose EITHER BSST633, BSST636 OR BSST637)
BSST636: Quantitative Research Methods In Terrorism Studies
BSST637: Qualitative Research Methods in Terrorism Studies
(Students may choose one from the list here. Other electives must be approved by the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program.)
Meet the Faculty
- Marcus Boyd – Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Director, Director of Graduate Studies, START
- Sara Winegar Budge – Program Director, ExitUSA
- Jeffrey Davis – Department of Political Science Associate Professor and Chair at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- Michael Egnoto – Affiliated Faculty, Clinical Informaticist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
- Brook Hefright – Assistant Research Scientist, Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS)
- Samuel D. Henkin – Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Researcher, START
- Amy Pate – START Executive Director and Research Director
- Maggie Smith – Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy, West Point
Meet the Staff
- Eva Coll – Experiential Education Specialist, START
- Erin Copland – Outreach and Transition Specialist, START
- Liberty Day – Program Director for Education and Training, START
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If I am accepted to the program, would I be considered a full-time student?
A: No. All students in the Graduate Certificate program are considered part-time students.
Q: Do I have to complete the program in one year?
A: No. It is up to you to determine your coursework plan that best fits with your goals and other commitments. Students will work with the program coordinator before the start of each semester. Students will have up to five (5) years from the time of admittance to complete the program. The coordinator will work with you to accommodate any registration issues that may arise during the time you are enrolled in the program.
Q: I live in Maryland. Will I be charged in-state tuition even though the program is online?
A: All students are charged the tuition and fee rates posted on the program’s Tuition & Fees website page.
Q: Is financial aid available for this program?
A: Students seeking the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, students can use employer provided assistance, many Veteran's Benefits programs, and alternative private student loans.
Q: Does the admissions committee have a preference for the letters of recommendation?
A: We prefer academic and/or professional letters. Your recommenders should be able to discuss your ability to succeed in graduate level coursework.
Q: Will I ever need to come to the University of Maryland Campus?
A: No. The program is entirely online. Instructors often teach from locations all over the country.
Q: Will I be required to buy books for the courses?
A: Yes. The instructors often require the students to buy at least one book. The book list for each course may change from one semester to the next. Students will be informed of the required textbooks prior to the start of the course. Instructors may make other readings available online.
Q: What benefits will I have as a University of Maryland student?
A: As an online graduate student, you have access to UMD resources listed on the Online Learning & Resources website page.
Interested in more information?
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