Monterey Institute of International Studies

Certificate in Terrorism Studies

Brigadier General Russell Howard, Director of MonTREP, discusses a project with students in the courtyard outside the Holland Center.  

Professional training in the study of extremist groups – and states – that employ the tactic of terrorism.

Our program focuses on the study of violence-prone extremist groups and their historical evolution, ideological motivations, organizational structure, demographic profile, operational methods, and potential interest in carrying out mass casualty attacks, including through the acquisition and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Students of the Certificate in Terrorism Studies take courses, seminars, and workshops on terrorism taught by faculty in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) and the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP), internationally recognized as a leading center of expertise on terrorism and ideological extremism.

During their studies at MIIS, Certificate in Terrorism Studies students are eligible to work as research assistants on various MonTREP projects. Students trained in Terrorism Studies at the Monterey Institute go on to careers focused on analyzing, assessing, or combating terrorism. Most graduates work in responsible positions in US government agencies, international organizations, academic research centers, and the private sector.

Certificate students are considered non-degree, as they are not enrolled in a master's degree program, and will have a different set of admission requirements. Students interested in receiving a master's degree can apply to the M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies.

Admissions Requirements

Individuals holding a recent undergraduate or advanced degree (i.e., an MA or above, or the equivalent) or having equivalent levels of work experience in the areas of international policy, law, various sciences, intelligence analysis, or related law enforcement fields may apply for admission to obtain a Certificate in Terrorism Studies. Please contact one of our Enrollment Managers for more details.

Monterey Institute students enrolled in degree programs (including the BAIS, MAIPS, MPA, MBA, MAIEP, and the MA degrees granted by the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education may also apply for admission for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies. Completing the Certificate requires a minimum of 20 credits as outlined below. Students may use free elective credits to pursue Certificate credits. Students may not double count credits as elective/Certificate course credit and core, language or track credits within their degree.

Required and Optional Courses (20 credits)

Required Course

All students earning the Certificate in Terrorism Studies must complete the following course:

Optional Courses and Workshops

In addition to the above required course, students earning the Certificate in Terrorism Studies must complete at least 16 credits of advanced courses and/or workshops in Terrorism Studies. The list of courses that count as electives for the TS Certificate is subject to change at any time; for any questions about available courses that will count toward the TS Certificate, contact the MANPTS Program Chair.

As of May 14, 2013, courses and workshops in this field include the following:

The requirements listed above are effective as of June, 2013.