Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security / Counterterrorism
Pennsylvania State University

Program Details

The growth of international and domestic terrorism has created a heightened demand for educated professionals who can proactively create counterterrorism policies and swiftly respond to potential or realized acts of terror. The online MPS in Homeland Security / Counterterrorism degree program from Pennsylvania State University prepares students for these roles with an understanding of strategic, policy-based and practical solutions for terrorism that are appropriate for both government and the private and nonprofit sectors. Graduates are equipped to:

  • Understand the conditions that give rise to terrorism
  • Identify and evaluate basic counterterrorism operations
  • Plan and execute programs for intelligence gathering 
  • Collect and analyze data and turn it into actionable information


  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Three references
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores or meet one of the following criteria:
    • 3.00 undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) either overall or of the last 60 credits
    • 2+ years of professional work experience
    • 3.00 GPA upon completion of graduate certificate
    • Successful completion of a graduate or professional degree

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education