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Graduate Credit Certificate

Marie Hojnacki
203 Pond Laboratories
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-1912

The Graduate Credit Certificate in Counterterrorism provides working professionals and others with social science based training to understand and address terrorism and other threats to U.S. homeland security. The Certificate emphasizes the development of core skills such as threat analysis, management, and reporting; basic data usage and presentation; the preparation of counterterrorism briefings and reports; and the assessment of anti-terrorism strategies. Through the Certificate coursework, students learn about the motives, threats, recruitment strategies, and operational tactics of terrorist organizations. The courses focus on key elements within counterterrorism, such as diagnosing the root causes of terrorism, identifying and using sources of data, critical data gathering and analysis skills, and radicalization processes. Certificate recipients will develop the capacity to identify conditions likely to encourage terrorism; define, evaluate, and assess counterterrorism techniques and operations; and turn collected data into actionable information. In this way, they will be prepared for leadership and supporting roles in the homeland security professional workforce. The Certificate is based around four courses that in turn form the core requirements for the Counterterrorism option within the online Intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security.

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Applicants must submit the following items with their application for admission to the Counterterrorism certificate program: • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; • resume/CV; and • one-page statement of purpose or rationale for seeking a Graduate Certificate in Counterterrorism. Applicants are expected to have a 3.0 or higher GPA in their undergraduate work.



PLSC 569 (3), PLSC 836 (3), PLSC 837 (3), PLSC 838 (3)

Effective Semester: Summer 2018
End Semester: 2023


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