A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

Through curricular and experiential learning, START educates, mentors and trains the next generation of national security scholars and practitioners.

Graduate Students


Graduate Students

Current Graduate students or individuals wishing to take courses at the graduate level can pursue the following opportunities:

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Terrorism Studies: START offers a fully online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Security and Terrorism Studies through the University of Maryland's Graduate School. The program prepares students to examine the complex social, political, economic, and psychological underpinnings of terrorist and other asymmetric security threats, and is delivered in a synchronous format using multiple online platforms provided by the University of Maryland, College Park.

Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis: START offers a fully online Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis hosted through the University of Maryland Graduate School. The flexible program (1-2 academic years) provides participants – both scholars and practitioners – with advanced education on the causes, dynamics and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Applications for the Graduate Certificate are accepted at two points during each calendar year, in January and July.

Internships: Research internships are held every fall, spring, and summer term at the University of Maryland. Students research between 10-20 hours per week throughout their term and can pursue these opportunities for academic credit if desired. Applications for internships are typically due three months before the start date of the internship.

Study Abroad: Study Abroad programs are hosted at foreign-based centers affiliated with START. These programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students from any institution and are hosted through START and the University of Maryland Education Abroad OfficeNote: UMD has decided to cancel all in-person study abroad programs for the Spring 2021 semester as well as the incoming exchange program. Please see the UMD Education Abroad page for more information.

Online Courses: START continually develops online summer and winter courses in the terrorism studies field. Past courses include: Psychology of Terrorism; Financing of Terrorism and Methods Deployed to Counter Terrorist Financing; Geography of Terrorism and more. These courses are offered through the University of Maryland’s Office of Extended Studies and are open to all individuals.