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START launches new master’s degree program in security and terrorism studies

START has launched a new, fully online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Security and Terrorism Studies this month.

The new MPS prepares students to examine the complex social, political, economic and psychological underpinnings of terrorist and other asymmetric security threats. The program focuses on 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.

“Creating an MPS has been an organizational priority for quite a while, and we are so excited to see it finally come to fruition,” START Education and Training Program Director Liberty Day said. “We believe that the MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies will fulfill a unique need and contribute to the professional development of practitioners and researchers alike.” 

The MPS is appropriate for students who are interested in, or currently working in, fields related to intelligence analysis and national security, as well as individuals interested in conducting scholarly research on terrorism and security.

"We developed our program to focus on helping analysts, researchers and other professionals further develop their skill sets," START Graduate Studies Director Marcus Boyd said. "The MPS is designed to foster research and analytical skills, and meets the rigorous standards that are foundational to START."

Prospective students will be able to apply to the program in May, with an application deadline of August 3 for the fall 2021 semester. 

Those interested in the MPS can sign up for one of the upcoming virtual information sessions, or reach out to education-start@umd.edu for more information.