Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Master of Science

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Now more than ever, America needs experts who are well-prepared to keep our country safe from threats at home and abroad. The online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies degree can help you gain advanced knowledge to effectively deal with terrorism to protect life and property.

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Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Online Master of Science Overview

This program provides you with a thorough understanding of terrorist dynamics as well as the evolution of terrorist organizations and their motives, threats, recruitment strategies, and operational tactics.

As a graduate of the program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and manage various information sources and their relevance to countering terrorism as well as strategic security to translate that information into actionable outcomes.
  • Perform sophisticated analysis and evaluation of possible terrorist threats through demonstrated technical expertise and application of conceptual counterterrorism skills.
  • Appraise and apply issues of security, national policy, business, reform, and ethics, integrating information from the counterterrorism, intelligence, and security literature.
  • Synthesize strategic leadership competencies specific to terrorism and counterterrorism, as well as strategic security.
  • Operate and communicate effectively in all mediums, with the ability to work with stakeholders at the highest levels in the counterterrorism field.

Online Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Master’s Courses and Curriculum

Designed to be completed in 1.5 years, the online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies program consists of 12 courses and 54 credit hours. There are core courses as well as electives.

All academic courses are 100% online and subject to minimum class size requirements.

Major Core

6 courses, 27 credit hours

Support Core

6 courses, 27 credit hours

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.

Requirements for the Online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies

For admissions to NAU’s Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security master’s degree programs, you will need a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an institution recognized or accredited by an appropriate government or third-party agency.

Admission to the master’s degree programs requires the following:

  • Completed application.
  • Documentation of a bachelor’s degree or have completed 120 quarter credits or more with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Any applicable transfer credit or challenge exam credits. For evaluation procedures, contact the admissions department.

 

Online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Tuition and Fees

Learn more about our graduate tuition schedule.

Online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Career Outcomes

The online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies program gives you the background you need to take on leadership roles in the public or private sector counterterrorism, emergency management, cybersecurity, and law enforcement, including careers in:

  • Antiterrorism
  • Security Management
  • Business Development & Sales
  • Financial Crimes Analysis
  • Counterterrorism Analysis
  • Government & Government Contract Work
  • Terrorism Analysis
  • Critical Infrastructure Analysis
  • Operations

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Program?

  • Mid-career Professionals: The online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies is an excellent choice if you like solving puzzles, researching, and analyzing complex human behaviors, or are skilled in advanced mathematics.
  • Counterterrorism professionals:  The online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies is a perfect choice if you want to further your studies into graduate degree and gain professional credentials while working in the field of counterterrorism.
  • Military servicemembers: The online Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies is a perfect choice if you have special forces training or are a new veteran with or without a national security clearance and you want to study for a career as a counterterrorism professional.

Course Listing (54 Credits)

Students must take RES500 as the first course but can take a required course concurrently.

FRP697     Master’s Capstone Portfolio

TCT525     Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

RES500     Academic Writing and Research

TCT595     Advanced Counterterrorism Operations

TCT596     Origins, Evolutions, and Trends in Terrorism

TCT600     Advanced Counterterrorism

Choose any two(2) courses.

TCT508     Extremist Organizations

TCT617     Cyberterrorism, Cyberwarfare, Cybercrime

TCT576     Analyzing the Terrorist Mind

TCT570     Cults and Charismatic Leaders

TCT571     Secret Societies

TCT640     Advanced Islamism and Terrorism

TCT517     WMD Terrorism

TCT525    Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

TCT620     Advanced Domestic Terrorism

Choose any four (4) courses.

DSS700DC Advanced Strategic Security Analysis and Critique

DSS710DC  Advanced Counterterrorism Research Methods

DSS720DC  Strategic Security Information Literacy

DSS730DC  Applied Research Methodology

DSS750DC  Briefings, De-briefings and Presentations

DSS760DC  Advanced Leadership and Management

INT511     Advanced Analytical Methods

INT521     Advanced Intelligence Collection

INT535     Cover

INT550     Advanced Open Source Intelligence

INT551     Double Agents, Denial and Deception

INT552     Counterespionage

INT560     Strategic Intelligence

INT570     All Source Intelligence

INT575     Intelligence Policy and Reform

INT580     Leadership and Political Analysis

INT584     Area Studies Analysis

INT595     Advanced Intelligence Operations

INT600     Intelligence Team Management

INT609     Case Studies in Covert Operations

INT680     Operational Concepts and Planning (Targeting)

PRO500     Advanced Executive Protection

PRO510     Advanced Protocol, Manners, Etiquette for Security Professionals

PRO520     Stalking and Workplace Violence

PRO521     Building and Perimeter Security

PRO535     Advanced Vehicular Security

PRO540     Topics in Advance Work

PRO595     Advanced Protection Operations

PRO596     Advanced Protective Intelligence

PRO605     Advanced Consequence Management and Incident Command System

PRO660     Explosives and Arson Security

PRO690    Advanced Threat Assessment

SEC505     Advanced Strategies / Crisis Preparedness

SEC537     Crisis Negotiation

SEC621     Background Investigations

SEC665     Cyber Security

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.