Postgraduate studies in the fields of CBRN and Counter-Terrorism from around the globe!

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Spring 2014 Homeland Security Education Guide



Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security MA degree

This timely and exciting programme is designed to engage students with some of the most significant and pressing security issues confronting us today.

Since the end of the Cold War there has been a widening in the number of threats affecting individual, group, state and international security. The MA in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security provides students with an up-to-date set of modules which examine these threats.



HZS launches new training for Photographers and TV Crews


In its continuous effort to meet CBRN training needs, HZS proudly introduces a unique training course for professional Photographers and TV Crews. 

In this fast evolving and dangerous environment, where reporters’ safety and security are at stake as they work to fully accomplish their mission, ensuring these professionals’ safety while reporting events to the general public is a key priority at HZS.

The new course on “Special Hazards: Protection Course for Photographers and TV-Crews” aims at familiarizing professional reporters with basic self- protection measures. 

For this training, HZS has developed a special curriculum to teach them how to work safely in potentially contaminated and hazardous areas.
Our course comprises theory and a practical training with harmless and inert chemicals, biological agents, and radioactive simulants.


The Master of Disaster Management programme will provide you with the appropriate skills for disaster management at a national and international level in areas of natural and man made disaster, climate change, and terrorism.


Master's Degree in Counter Terrorism & Security Studies

The Master's Degree in Counter Terrorism and Security Studies from the University Campus of Pomezia, Italy, in collaboration with the University LUM Jean Monnet aims at being an innovative graduate program that will provide students with an advanced knowledge, allowing them to succeed and advance in their educational and career goals.

The M.A. in Counter-Terrorism and Security Studies will combine 433 hours of academic lectures, 72 hours of laboratory sessions and workshops, 715 hours of individual study and research, and a 280 hours internship (in one of the international Research Centre around the world in connection with us), in a total of 1500 hours. Furthermore, the M.A. will be taught entirely in English.

The M.A. in Counter Terrorism and Security will offer students an unique opportunity to engage in critical thinking in this field. It will offer a new agenda for theoretical research and policy intervention. Moreover, it will be an opportunity for candidates to engage with critical developments in terrorism at several levels.

Italian and overseas students as well as young scholars will gain firm grounding in understanding and analysing the phenomenon of terrorism, the geopolitical aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism measures and challenges.

The students of the Master's Degree in Counter-Terrorism and Security Studies will benefit from the practical wisdom and hands-on experience of its teaching personnel. Students will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most internationally renowned experts and leading researchers, as well as practitioners and senior members of security forces in fields related to terrorism and counter-terrorism.



Certificate in Security Management

The Institute Certificate in Security Management is the Institute's own qualification, internationally recognised and resulting in a BTEC Level 3 Professional Award in Security Management, awarded by Edexcel. It is designed to promote and recognise the knowledge and ability of candidates currently employed or aspiring to employment in the private and public security professsion. It is delivered on behalf of the Security Institute by Perpetuity Training.

The course will benefit anyone seeking professional recognition and qualification within the security sector. The course is open to everyone, and no previous experience of security or the sector, is necessary. People who have previously taken the qualification include security team leaders and supervisor, security managers,  H & S managers, FM managers, police and fire service personnel, and members of the armed services. 

The Certificate programme covers 6 modules, comprising 3 mandatory elements and 3 modules of the student's choice. Full details are available in the "Certificate Course Fact Sheet" document accessible from the download section on the right hand side of this page.

The course should take 6 months to complete. At the end of each of the 6 modules the learner completes and returns an assessment. Successful completion of all 6 modules is needed to qualify for the Certificate in Security Management.


Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security – (M.Sc.)

In recent years, issues of terrorism and organised crime have gained an unprecedented profile, provoked significant social concern and dominated both law and order and many wider social policy agendas. MSc Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security is an advanced course that addresses key critical issues surrounding organised criminality and terrorism in contemporary society. It involves multi-level analyses of organised crime as a concept, alongside the impacts of urbanisation, migration and globalisation upon both the practice of crime and the ways in which we understand them. In addition, the course addresses cutting-edge critical, conceptual and theoretical analyses of terrorism and counter-terrorism. MSc Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security provide you with a strong grounding in the key theories and issues within the wider discipline of criminology. You will also receive advanced training in the skills and techniques needed to undertake high quality research in this, and other criminological areas of inquiry. The conceptual and skills-based tuition offered will provide a substantial foundation for careers within related academic, public, and private sector realms. Entry requirements as other taught courses in Sociology.





MSc Terrorism, Security and Policing

This innovative degree stream has been developed in response to the increasing significance of the impact of terrorism in the fields of international security and policing. The programme will provide you with a detailed understanding of the key issues surrounding managing risk and security, policing and terrorism with a focus on global issues and their impact at the local level, particularly in a post 9/11 and 7/7 world. You will explore the idea of terror as a concept, the history of terrorism and investigate the common myths associated with contemporary terrorism. You will learn how to critically appraise research as well as conduct and write up you own independent study on a topic of your choice.




Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism

The MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism is aimed at security professionals whose role involves developing and implementing strategies to address the threat of extremism, against public, corporate and critical targets. The course is also suitable for those wishing to make a career in these areas.

The course is delivered by experienced practitioners and researchers working in counter-terrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, risk assessment and security technology. Students also benefit from full access to UCL experts on a range of ethical, political, religious, and community issues.

Taught in central London, this integrated programme can be taken FULL-TIME (one year) or PART-TIME (normally over two or three years, but can be extended to five). Learning is also facilitated through access to secured online seminars, course materials and research articles.

UCL offers the students and their organisations an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to address a particular security-related project.


Master Global Strategies

Norwich University’s Master of Arts in Diplomacy (MDY) is delivered conveniently online and provides you with an in-depth understanding of crucial global topics, such as international conflict management, international terrorism, and international commerce.

Through a core curriculum you will acquire an in-depth understanding of foreign relations and global economic interaction, through both theoretical and practical application.


MSc Terrorism Studies

Terrorism and the fight against terrorism have become critical issues for society. Drawing on the Law School’s strengths and expertise in terrorism, international law, criminology and human rights, this programme offers a new agenda for theoretical research and policy intervention and an opportunity to engage with critical developments in modern terrorism. It also provides a firm grounding in understanding and analysing terrorism, counter-terrorism and trans-national criminology.

Students undertake four modules and a dissertation. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years. Students take three core modules: Critical Perspectives on Terrorism; Critical Perspectives on Counterterrorism; and, Trans-national Organised Crime. Candidates choose one module from the following: War and Human Rights; Contemporary Islamic Legal Issues; International Policing Cooperation and Structures; International Law and the Use of Force; Feminist Legal Studies; Current Issues and Research in International Law; and, International Criminal Law. The Dissertation must be deemed by the Dissertation committee to be on a subject directly relevant to terrorism or counter-terrorism.





ISDS is a world renowned, multinational consultancy and system integration group in the security and defense fields. The ISDS group of companies has been operating since 1982 and provides the know-how and skill-set in the fields of security and defense, allowing it to achieve the most effective integrated security solutions for its clients. The ISDS group specializes in three main and interrelated post 9/11 domains:

  • Homeland Security
  • Major Events Security
  • Business Community Security

Israel Center for Medical Simulation

Military Medicine

MSR, the Israel Center for Medical Simulation, provides courses in a variety of fields.  Crisis situations such as those encountered by military personnel demand readiness and training. MSR developed courses geared towards preparing the military for the unexpected.  The Center for Medical Simulation does not aim to replace the traditional way of learning a healthcare profession; rather it provides a supplement to the standard methods of educating healthcare professionals.


  • Communication with Adolescents
  • Trauma Management
  • Chemical Agent Exposure Management
In collaboration with the Israeli Defense Forces' non-conventional warfare and emergency departments, MSR designed a course that focuses on the clinical aspects of treating victims of a nerve gas attack at the individual level. This is in contrast to the more typical approach of concentrating on the organizational and logistical implications of dealing with mass casualties.  Task trainers, full body simulators, and simulated patients present cases in small group teaching stations.  Training culminates in sophisticated simulations using advanced audio-visual equipment to create realistic "hot" (contaminated) and "cold" (clean) zones complete with sound effects and smoke.
  • Management of Casualties of Biological Exposure

This course focuses on the clinical aspects of treating victims of biological warfare such as small pox, botulism and anthrax. The training includes identifying the nature and severity of the exposure, the provision of effective and orderly treatment, team work and the organization of and familiarity with equipment; including working in personal protective gear. Task trainers, full-body patient simulators, and simulated patients present cases in small group teaching stations.  Training culminates in sophisticated simulations using advanced audio-visual equipment to create realistic "hot"(contaminated) and "cold" (clean) zones.

Executive Certificate Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies  

The Counter-Terrorism Studies Program combines academic study, simulation models, workshops, and onsite briefings. The courses provide concentrated, in-depth exposure to the phenomenon of modern terrorism and its characteristics, modus operandi, scope and dissemination throughout the world. In addition, participants will obtain an understanding of the challenge this phenomenon presents to decision-makers, security establishments, first responders and the business sector, based on the experience Israel has accumulated in the field. Circumstances have forced Israel to develop sophisticated counter-terrorism strategies and techniques and to amass extensive knowledge regarding terrorism.




Graduate Certificate in Terrorism, Safety and Security

The Graduate Certificate in Terrorism, Safety and Security seeks to improve professional standards by deepening students' understanding of the history and motivators of terrorism, and thereby developing their ability to critique current (and anticipate future) terrorist threats and possible counter-terrorist measures. Assessment items will encourage the application of theory to practice, with the aim of having students articulating ways in which their learning can be applied to their own professional practice.

Graduate Diploma of Terrorism, Safety and Security

The Graduate Diploma in Terrorism, Safety and Security builds on the learning that has taken place in the Graduate Certificate. The Graduate Diploma will allow students to deepen their understanding of the specific social and political effects of both terrorist activity and counter-terrorism measures. In particular, the course will enable students to critique their own professional practice in light of the impact that terrorism and counter-terrorism have on key societal and political institutions and values. By offering electives, the Graduate Diploma also aims to further students' opportunities to apply their learning from both this course and the preceding Graduate Certificate to their own professional practice.

Master of Arts (Terrorism, Safety and Security)

The primary aim of this course is to produce graduates capable of successfully completing research which results in a distinct contribution to knowledge in the fields of counter-terrorism, safety and security. The graduates should be capable of performing a range of research, policy and planning roles within their respective professional domains. The course will enable graduates to identify and research current issues impacting on their work environment and transform their findings into examples of best practice policy. The course also aims to produce students with the ability to critically assess current and anticipated policies, and evaluate new and emerging trends, in the areas of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Via their interaction with each other, the course will also enable students to engage with other national and international perspectives, thus broadening the scope of their professional practice.


Walden University says it is responding to the needs of today’s emergency management professionals who must be ready to respond to anything — from earthquakes and train derailments to cybercrimes and terrorist acts – by launching a new online M.S. in Emergency Management program to help prepare these professionals with the advanced skills they need to lead emergency response efforts, improve public policy. and protect communities from natural disasters and other hazardous events.


National Law Enforcement CBRNE Training Center

The National Law Enforcement CBRNE Training Center is a comprehensive center with the mission to train law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, public health and medical personnel, in an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to major emergencies, with a special emphasis on terrorism preparedness and response. The Center accomplishes its mission through training, research, evaluative services, technical services and equipment sourcing and supply.


Fresno State to help train security pros

Fresno State could take the lead in training the next generation of security experts to protect California from terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

The university is preparing to launch a new bachelor's degree program in homeland security and emergency management as part of an effort by CSU leaders and state and local government officials to bolster the state's security.

The program, touted as the most comprehensive in the country, will create jobs in the Central Valley and produce more trained professionals for an industry facing a shortage of qualified workers, college officials say.

So far, CSU has dedicated three years and $60,000. The bachelor's degree is the first piece in a program that will involve all CSU campuses and the state's community colleges – a model CSU officials say is the first of its kind. Students will have the option to get an associate's in homeland security and emergency management at a community college, then transfer to Fresno State for a bachelor's and CSU Long Beach or San Diego State University for a master's.


The Harvard School of Public Health Center for Continuing Professional Education offers two programs Basic Hands-On CAMEO Training and Advanced Hands-On CAMEO Training.



The CAMEO program, developed by the USEPA and NOAA, helps state and local governments as well as corporate entities plan for and respond to chemical emergencies.


Weapons of Mass Destruction

This 3-credit course is structured to comprehensively provide the student with the fundamental toxicologically relevant concepts of weapons that can be used to create mass casualties. These weapons are often called weapons of mass destruction, a term that is closely related to but not synonymous with mass-casualty weapons (a technically more appropriate term). This course will focus on chemical agents and toxins as the toxicologically relevant mass-casualty weapons. Each of the eight modules in the course will consist of specific objectives, one or more illustrative cases, a list of the primary references that the student will be expected to acquaint himself or herself with, a brief introduction, a section of teaching material and study tips, and assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking.


MSc in Homeland Security

Capella University, an accredited on-line university* that has built its reputation by providing high quality on-line degree programs for working adults, has announced a new Master of Science in Homeland Security. The on-line master’s degree is designed to develop leadership competencies specific to the field of homeland security, as well as the communication, technology, and critical analysis skills necessary to prepare for, prevent, and respond to homeland security issues and emergency events. Capella’s new program is one of few master’s degrees focused on this growing field. As of March 31, 2011, nearly 40,000 students are pursuing an on-line degree at Capella University, with 31 percent enrolled in Capella’s doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in Capella’s master’s degree programs.Courses will focus on topics like emergency preparedness, management, infrastructure protection, threat analysis, media communications, and cyber-security. In addition, students will be able to participate in Capella’s crisis simulation, Riverbend City, where students have the opportunity to assume various leadership roles in a disaster scenario.

Harvard School of Public Health Center for Continuing Professional Education, Boston

Harvard School of Public Health Center for Continuing Professional Education offers short programs on environmental and occupational health and safety. These programs are perfect for all EHS professionals looking to gain additional training in niche fields. Health and safety considerations of emergency planning, radiation, construction and industrial hygiene are explored.

Certificates of Completion



American Military University

American Military University serves civilian and military students 100% online with emergency and disaster management degrees and NIMS-related courses. Whether responding to hurricanes, terrorist attacks, or hazmat spills, officials need to know how to establish command & control, coordinate communications, evacuate people, and perform clean-up. AMU offers both degree programs and professional development options in emergency management.

  • B.A. Emergency & Disaster Management
  • B.S. in Fire Science Management
  • M.A. Emergency & Disaster Management
  • M.A. in Public Administration
  • M.A in Homeland Security

Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University New York

The Homeland Security Management Institute (HSMI) offers an accredited, 36-credit Master of Science in Homeland Security Management degree and a 15-credit graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management, both delivered entirely online, with no in-residence component. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on the complexities of the homeland security enterprise, providing executives, managers and practitioners with an exceptional professional education. Designated by Act of Congress as a DHS Homeland Security Center of Excellence, HSMI holds the distinction of being the only DHS Center of Excellence to offer a graduate degree in the homeland security management field. Recognized as the nation’s leading homeland security graduate program, HSMI is an academic partner of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, Calif. Our renowned faculty of senior fellows includes the nation’s leading experts in homeland security, who combine doctoral degrees and other exceptional academic credentials with an unparalleled depth of practical experience. Our programs are “designed and delivered by professionals, for professionals.”

  • M.S. Homeland Security Management
  • Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management

Offering online undergraduate and graduate degrees in Legal Studies.

  • BS in Legal Studies
  • MS in Legal Studies:  Homeland Security
  • MS in Legal Studies:  Criminal Justice
  • MS in Legal Studies:  Law and Public Policy
  • Homeland Security Certificate


The George Washington University
Washington, DC

The GWU Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management offers graduate degrees and certificates grounded in the field of Engineering Management.

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management - Concentration in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering management - Research in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Public Health
  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Response


University of New Haven
Oak Ridge, Tenn.

This program provides students with an understanding of fundamental principles of National Security. This includes the legal charter, presidential executive orders, and the framework which guides the operation of national security agencies. Specifically, the role and function of the U.S. agencies that make up the Intelligence Community will be analyzed, emphasizing Information Protection and Security. The concentration in Information Protection and Security provides a unique approach to the study of both cybersecurity and the protection of information systems within the Intelligence Community. Research issues in public safety, emergency management, and homeland security will be emphasized.

  • National Security Graduate Certificate
  • National Security Administration Graduate Certificate
  • National Security Technology Graduate Certificate


Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Va.

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is quickly developing a reputation as a premier venue for the study of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP). The HSEP program is designed to give students both theoretical and practical knowledge that will prepare them for: 1) private or public sector employment in the expanding area of homeland security; 2) private or public sector employment in emergency preparedness for natural hazards and security-related incidents; and 3) graduate study in social science or professional programs.

  • B.A. in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • M.A. and Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness



Certificate in Terrorism and Institutions: Prevention and Response

The certificate in terrorism and institutions explores how institutions confront terrorism and the aftermath of terrorist acts. Institutions examined include government agencies, private security organizations, schools and commercial enterprises. The certificate addresses emerging terrorist threats and the institutional response to terrorist acts. It can benefit security individuals who are in charge of protecting government facilities, private security agency employees, police officers, detective agents, public health and public safety administrators and officers, counter-terrorism professionals and the general public


Certificate in Terrorism: Issues & Analysis

As the threat of terrorism continues into the 21st century, it is imperative that professional planners and managers acquire a better understanding of terrorism’s multiple dimensions. Increased awareness of this phenomenon will facilitate reflection beyond the first-responder level and subsequently, the implementation of more effective strategic initiatives aimed at both preventing and combating future terrorist attacks.

The six-course certificate offered through the Criminology & Criminal Justice graduate programs addresses terrorism from several angles. Initial classes expose students to range of issues, from how to define the problem to laws and legislation enacted in response to terrorism. There are also courses examining explanations of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and cyber-terrorism. The certificate culminates in the exploration and analysis of contemporary domestic and international terrorism.

Each course is offered in an online format only. Enrolment is limited to those students who have declared their intent to complete the certificate unless permission to enrol is granted by the criminology/criminal justice graduate program director.

The Terrorism: Issues & Analysis program faculty is comprised of senior analysts and seasoned law enforcement personnel who are experts in anti-terrorism and police intelligence operations, as well as professors of criminology and criminal justice.

Students may fulfil Terrorism: Issues & Analysis certificate requirements in one calendar year with enrolment in two classes each session. Each session lasts ten weeks.


Security and Terrorism Studies Certificate

School of Administrative Science

Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

This 18-credit, 6-course certificate is designed for those who are in law enforcement, the military, the fire services, and first responders, as well as a broad range of other occupations that seek to understand terrorism and counter-terrorism measures

M.A. Certificate Program in Terrorism Studies

The Center on Terrorism, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies, offers an interdisciplinary M.A. certificate program in the study of terrorism.  Students from all disciplines are welcome.  We believe the program to be the first of its kind in the nation and an outstanding educational opportunity at a college already recognized nationally as the leading institution in criminal justice. 

Upon successful completion of the M.A. degree and the requirements of the program, students will be granted a certificate by the college honoring their work and recognizing their knowledge.  Completion of the program will also be noted on the student's transcript.



Physical & Digital Counter-Terrorism Certificates

NJIT’s newest certificates in Physical & Digital Counter-Terrorism aim at creating a new generation of counter-terrorism experts.  These experts will possess knowledge not only on the traditional (physical) counter-terrorism strategies but also in cyber-security and cyber-investigation aspects of counter-terrorism which will aid in the overall protection of the critical infrastructure of our state and ultimately our nation.

NJIT is a NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. NJIT also houses the NJ Homeland Security Technology Systems Center which collaboratively works with the State of New Jersey on an advisory position for counter-terrorism procedures.