Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis, Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Are you looking to study terrorism? Are you hoping to work in the intelligence community? Are you considering graduate school?

Designed for both future practitioners and scholars, START’s flexible and fully online program provides students with advanced education on the causes, dynamics and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. The unique online format enables students to work full- or part-time while advancing their education. No pre-requisite knowledge is required, yet our coursework is appropriate for both new and experienced learners.

Program Description
START’s Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis aims to train the next generation of scholars and analysts to examine questions related to the behavior of terrorists and terrorist groups, and how societies can best prepare and respond to terrorist threats and attacks. Students also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism. This four-course, twelve-credit, fully online program can be completed in as little as nine-months –  or a more expanded two years. To learn more about the program and courses, visit

Eligible applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree at a foreign university. A 3.0 GPA is preferred, but experience may substitute. GRE scores are not required.

Application Information

The program accepts applications at two points during the calendar year. This allows upcoming fall, spring, and summer graduates to begin the program soon after they have earned their four-year degree. More information regarding the application deadlines and term timelines can be found on our website.

Interested, but need more information?

Online information sessions will be held on the following dates. To join the discussion, RSVP to START Education at

Wednesday March 27, 12-12:30am ET

Thursday April 4, 6-6:30pm ET

Tuesday April 23, 5-5:50pm ET

Monday April 29, 6-6:30pm ET

Tuesday May 7, 7:30-8pm ET

Monday May 20, 12-12:30 ET

Friday May 31, 6-6:30pm ET

Thursday June 13, 5-5:50pm ET

Monday June 24, 7-7:30pm ET

Tuesday July 9th, 4-4:30pm ET

Thursday July 18, 12-12:30pm ET

Monday July 22, 6-6:30pm ET

You can also request a virtual information packet by emailing and be sure to check out other opportunities at START, like our internship programsummer/winter courses and training courses on our website.

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