What is counter-terrorism?
Counter-terrorism includes the practices, tactics, techniques and strategies that government, military, law enforcement, business and intelligence agencies use to combat or prevent terrorism.
What can you do with a homeland security degree?
Sample job titles graduates may pursue include law enforcement officers, analyst and support personnel positions as well as intelligence officer, analyst and support personnel roles. Target employers often include U.S. federal government agencies and intelligence communities, though federal agency jobs are highly competitive and sometimes take years to gain entry.
What are your admissions requirements for the online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security?
You will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a satisfactory grade point average. To find out more about GPA requirements, contact an admissions adviser.
Can I be admitted to the program if I do not have a Bachelor’s degree in Counter-Terrorism or Homeland Security?
Yes, it is not a requirement to have an undergraduate degree in homeland security or counter-terrorism.
How long does it take to complete the Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security?
The program can be completed in 24 months at a full-time pace of two courses each semester. Taking more than two courses per semester is not recommended due to the rigor of the program.
Does the internship have to be taken in D.C.?
The internship can be completed in your local area if you wish. 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. Internship sites include research centers, police departments, cybersecurity, and Federal Government agencies such as DHS, the CIA, and FBI.
Do you require submission of GRE or other test scores?
GRE requirement waived through fall 2022.
What are the admission requirements for international students?
A TOEFL score of 600 (or 100 on the Internet-based test), a minimum score of 68 on the Pearson Test of English, or a minimum IELTS score of seven (7) is required. Additionally, applicants with international transcripts must have them evaluated course-by-course. For a list of acceptable evaluators, go to NACES.org
What documents are required when applying?
The required application documents include:
- A completed graduate application
- A $55 application Fee
- Phone Interview with Admissions Adviser
- Statement of purpose (This should outline why you want to return to school, your aspirations, and why you are a good candidate for admission to American University)
- Two letters of recommendation, one which has insight into previous academic performance, as well as one from a current or former employer for work related performance
- Transcripts from previous undergraduate and relevant graduate coursework (If a degree was earned outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluated transcript is required.)
When is the deadline for application?
Our application deadline varies based on the term you are applying for. Please contact our online admissions
advisers for a specific timeline your application file needs to be fully submitted. The priority application deadline for the summer term is April 1, 2022.
When does each semester start?
Our fall semester starts in August. The spring semester starts in January. The summer session begins in May.
Is financial aid available?
Will I be able to take advantage of the same resources as on-campus students do?
Yes, online students are encouraged to obtain a Student ID and take advantage of all the same resources as our on-campus students.
If you have additional questions or would like 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.