Online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Counterterrorism
Earn an online bachelor's degree in counterterrorism, protect the nation's future
With a degree in counterterrorism studies you will be prepared to use advanced counterterrorism analytic skills to utilize cutting edge and practical knowledge and analytic tools to work in government agencies, intelligence, military, law enforcement, and the private sector to help them protect the nation, people, critical infrastructure, and businesses.
You will analyze terrorism in all its manifestations. This will range from the history and evolution of terrorism, root causes of terrorism, types of terrorism, psychology of terrorism, terrorism ideologies and agendas, radicalization into violent extremism, recruitment, how terrorists organize and operate (whether as groups or lone actors), the role of the Internet in terrorism, their tactics, the weapons they employ (ranging from conventional to weapons of mass destruction/cyber), their targeting patterns, attack incident patterns, metrics of programmatic effectiveness in counterterrorism (as well as in countering violent extremism), as well as methodologies to forecast the spectrum of potential terrorism warfare in the United States and internationally.
The spectrum of possible solutions to terrorism will also be covered, including countering violent extremism and promoting the disengagement from terrorism, with methodologies drawn from the disciplines of homeland security, military studies, conflict resolution, and others.
These analytic skills will provide students with the capability to support counterterrorism efforts, ranging from detecting potential current terrorist activity in communities and on the Internet, how terrorists interact with one another, early warning methodologies to detect trajectory into violence, forecasting the range of future terrorist warfare at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels, as well as possible resolutions of domestic and foreign terrorist conflicts.
Supporting courses include critical thinking, statistics, computer science, process of intelligence and intelligence analytic methods, homeland security and critical infrastructure protection, cyber security, conflict resolution, and others.
Utilizing the university’s robust distance learning platform, the courses will be self-paced, with weekly assignments. They will be highly interactive between instructors and students, including posting videos of incidents to frame class discussion and conducting “virtual” field trips to counterterrorism points of interest on the Internet.
This program’s courses will be offered completely online, in an 8 week format.
Our location puts you in the heart of the action.
The Baltimore/Washington D.C. area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies in the United States, making it easier to find internships and high-paying jobs.
Our classes are taught by working professionals.
A field like counterterrorism is constantly evolving, which makes our faculty extremely valuable since many are experts in the field.
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Dr. Joshua Sinai
Professor of Practice, Counterterrorism Studies
Based in the Washington, DC region, Dr. Sinai has more than 30 years’ experience in international security/national security/homeland security studies, assessments, and curriculum development for the U.S. government, academia, and the corporate sector.Contact Dr. Joshua Sinai
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Market Demand Counterterrorism
- 82% of our graduates have a job or enter graduate school 90 days after commencement
- The average salary for graduates with this degree is $54,300 to $80,500
Degree Details: Program starts Fall 2021
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates are subject to change.
The following rates are in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year, beginning in Fall 2021 and continuing through Summer 2022:
- There is no charge for online application, $25 fee for paper application
- Standard rate $450 per credit, plus fees
- Partnership rate $360 per credit, plus fees
- The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
- The retired military tuition rate is $746 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
- Academic Fee for UAS-120 $500
For 2021-2022 undergraduate tuition and fees, click here.