Program Summary

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Gain Skills and Knowledge to Work in the Field of Counterterrorism 

The growth of global and domestic terrorism has brought about a heightened demand for educated professionals who can proactively create counterterrorism policies and swiftly respond to potential or realized acts of terror. As a student in the MPS in Homeland Security - Counterterrorism option program, you can gain understanding of strategic, policy-based, and practical solutions for terrorism that are appropriate for government and the private and nonprofit sectors. You can learn such core skills as terrorism data analysis, security and intelligence assessment, report writing, threat management, counterterrorism briefing, and anti-terrorism assessment strategies.

Who Should Apply?

The MPS in Homeland Security Degree - Counterterrorism option, offered in partnership with the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts' Department of Political Science, is open to candidates who hold a bachelor's degree. It can provide federal, state, and local emergency management officials, law enforcement personnel, members of the military, and employees connected with the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies with the knowledge and training to more effectively respond to the threat of terrorism. Individuals in the private sector — including finance corporations, insurance agencies, and security consultants — may also find the program relevant and valuable to their careers.

Penn State's Counterterrorism Curriculum

The MPS in Homeland Security - Counterterrorism option can provide you with a broad base of knowledge relevant to the current policies and programs of the Homeland Security administration. Courses in the option are designed to give students a detailed understanding of terrorist organizations, along with their motives, threats, recruitment strategies, and operational tactics. The program also covers the evolution of, and issues related to, counterterrorism in the U.S. and other contexts. It can further provide you with a focus on understanding terrorist organizations in detail, along with their motives, threats, recruitment strategies, and operational tactics. As a graduate of this program, you should be able to:

  • understand the conditions that give rise to terrorism
  • identify and evaluate basic counterterrorism operations
  • plan and execute programs for intelligence gathering
  • collect and analyze data and turn it into actionable information

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.