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.

Professional Development


Professional Development

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 yearlong program 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 each calendar year: January (for Spring semesters) and July (for Fall semesters).

Training: START’s practitioner-focused trainings are designed to advance the empirical basis for understanding terrorism, counterterrorism, and community resilience and to support real-world application of research findings. Training content is based on objective data and analyses resulting from cutting-edge, original research conducted by START’s multidisciplinary network of scholars.

Summer/Winter 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. 

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.