Program Summary

Gain the skills to implement proactive counterterrorism policies and effectively respond to potential or realized acts of terror with the course work offered through this online counterterrorism graduate certificate program.

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Apply Now to start January 19

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Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $924 per credit

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Online Certificate in Counterterrorism

The threat of terrorism and violent extremism remains one of the most pressing security challenges today. Because of this, educated professionals trained to counter the actions of terrorist and extremist groups and individuals are in great demand. Both the government and private industry are looking for specialists trained to craft, implement, and assess proactive counterterrorism policies, and to be able to effectively respond to potential or realized acts of terror.

Geared toward working professionals, the Graduate Certificate in Counterterrorism is open to candidates who hold a bachelor's degree. It is ideal for federal, state, and local emergency management officials; law enforcement personnel; members of the military; and employees in the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies.

Apply Graduate Certificate Credits Toward Your Master's Degree

The certificate may serve as an avenue into Penn State's Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Homeland Security online program. You can apply the 12 credits you earn in the certificate toward the online MPS in Homeland Security with an option in counterterrorism, if you apply and are accepted into the program.

Penn State's Counterterrorism Curriculum

The course work in the Graduate Certificate in Counterterrorism will familiarize you with the current counterterrorism policies, practices, and programs of various agencies in the Department of Homeland Security. Your education will feature a strong focus on understanding the motives, threats, recruitment strategies, and operational tactics of terrorist organizations. As a graduate of this program, you should be able to:

  • identify conditions likely to encourage terrorism
  • define counterterrorism techniques and operations
  • plan and execute intelligence-gathering programs
  • turn collected data into actionable information

In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from the Department of Political Science in Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines. As a student studying online, you can expect the same quality education that our residential students experience — high academic standards for courses taught by the same faculty with real-world experience, who have been trained to teach online.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

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