Master of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies

54 Credits

The Master of Science Degree in Terrorism and Counterterrorism is earned by satisfactory completion of an online program equivalent to 1.5 years of full-time post-graduate study. Instructors emphasize professionalism, proactive strategies, and a thorough understanding of terrorist dynamics. It also provides for the advanced knowledge of how to deal effectively with terrorism to adequately protect life and property. All courses are 4.5 quarter units unless otherwise noted.

All students must register for at least one required course per term, following the sequence of the first four courses; students may register for an elective at any time.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • TCT-PLO M1: Evaluate and manage various information sources and their relevance to countering terrorism as well as strategic security and translate that information into actionable outcomes.
  • TCT-PLO M2: Perform sophisticated analysis and evaluations of possible terrorist threats through demonstrated technical expertise and application of conceptual counterterrorism skills.
  • TCT-PLO M3: Appraise and apply issues of security, national policy, business, reform, and ethics, integrating information from the counterterrorism, intelligence and security literature.
  • TCT-PLO M4: Synthesize strategic leadership competencies specific to terrorism and counterterrorism, as well as strategic security.
  • TCT-PLO M5: Operate and communicate effectively in all mediums, with the ability to work with stakeholders at the highest levels in the counterterrorism field.

Degree Requirements

Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Major Core (27)

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

FRP697Master's Capstone Portfolio

4.5

RES500Academic Writing and Research

4.5

TCT525Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

4.5

TCT595Advanced Counterterrorism Operations

4.5

TCT596Origins, Evolutions, and Trends in Terrorism

4.5

TCT600Advanced Counterterrorism

4.5

(all courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better) 

Support Core (9)

Choose any two courses 

TCT508Extremist Organizations

4.5

TCT517WMD Terrorism

4.5

TCT525Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

4.5

TCT570Cults and Charismatic Leaders

4.5

TCT571Secret Societies

4.5

TCT576Analyzing the Terrorist Mind

4.5

TCT617Cyberterrorism, Cyberwarfare, Cybercrime

4.5

TCT620Advanced Domestic Terrorism

4.5

TCT640Advanced Islamism and Terrorism

4.5

HPSSS Electives (18)

Choose any four courses.

DSS700DCAdvanced Strategic Security Analysis and Critique

4.5

DSS710DCAdvanced Counterterrorism Research Methods

4.5

DSS720DCStrategic Security Information Literacy

4.5

DSS730DCApplied Research Methodology

4.5

DSS750DCBriefings, De-briefings and Presentations

4.5

DSS760DCAdvanced Leadership and Management

4.5

INT511Advanced Analytical Methods

4.5

INT521Advanced Intelligence Collection

4.5

INT535Cover

4.5

INT550Advanced Open Source Intelligence

4.5

INT551Double Agents, Denial and Deception

4.5

INT552Counterespionage

4.5

INT560Strategic Intelligence

4.5

INT570All Source Intelligence

4.5

INT575Intelligence Policy and Reform

4.5

INT580Leadership and Political Analysis

4.5

INT584Area Studies Analysis

4.5

INT595Advanced Intelligence Operations

4.5

INT600Intelligence Team Management

4.5

INT609Case Studies in Covert Operations

4.5

INT680Operational Concepts and Planning (Targeting)

4.5

PRO500Advanced Executive Protection

4.5

PRO510Advanced Protocol, Manners, Etiquette

4.5

PRO520Stalking and Workplace Violence

4.5

PRO521Building and Perimeter Security

4.5

PRO535Advanced Vehicular Security

4.5

PRO540Topics in Advance Work

4.5

PRO595Advanced Protection Operations

4.5

PRO596Advanced Protective Intelligence

4.5

PRO605Advanced Consequence Management and Incident Command System

4.5

PRO660Explosives and Arson Security

4.5

PRO690Advanced Threat Assessment

4.5

SEC505Advanced Strategies/Crisis Preparedness

4.5

SEC537Crisis Negotiation

4.5

SEC621Background Investigations

4.5

SEC665Cyber Security

4.5

A minimum 3.0 GPA is required overall.

Upon completion of a full evaluation of all previous courses and credits, students will receive a customized degree plan detailing the specific courses they will need to take.