Welcome from our Head Faculty and Program Directors
Director of Graduate Studies, Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Director, START
START Acting Director
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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 is delivered in a synchronous format using multiple online platforms provided by the University of Maryland, College Park.
START's Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Terrorism Studies prepares students to examine the complex social, political, economic, and psychological underpinnings of terrorist and other asymmetric security threats. Students are exposed to the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research opportunities, or be successful in a professional role where analysis and critical thinking are paramount. The program is appropriate for individuals interested in (and/or currently) working in fields related to intelligence analysis, national security analysis, or analysis of other relevant topic areas, and individuals interested in (and/or currently) conducting scholarly research on terrorism and security.
The admissions process for the MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies 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 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;
- Acceptable TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores;* 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. Please visit the University of Maryland Graduate School website for more information regarding these courses.
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.
All students, whether they’re living in Maryland or outside the state, are charged the tuition and fee rates posted on the program’s Tuition & Fees website page.
University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process
The application is available through the University of Maryland Graduate School application system. 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.
Deadlines (Both Domestic and International Students)