American University’s Master’s curriculum features a mix of homeland security courses and counter-terrorism courses that build interdisciplinary knowledge in counter-terrorism and its details, including national security law and policy, cybersecurity, and the theories of political violence.

The two-year, 36-credit program consists of 12 courses and an internship (option in local area or in D.C.), including:

Course Descriptions

Core Course Toolkit – 5 Courses

Research Methods - 2 Courses

Residency - 1 Course

Selected Topics - 4 Courses

Non-Credit Internship requirement, completed in your local area.

The internship helps you to further connect coursework to real-life opportunities and get back valuable feedback to your performance. It helps to build your resume and can increase the GS status you receive if you work for the government. The internship can be completed in your local area if you wish. Internship sites include research centers, police departments, cybersecurity, and Federal Government agencies such as DHS, the CIA, and FBI. To learn more about American University’s online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security, call 855.725.7614 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.