Terrorism Studies

Undergraduate Certificate

The online undergraduate certificate in Terrorism Studies provides an overview of various terrorist groups, their histories, and their objectives. This 6-course certificate of study teaches how to define the causes and effects of terrorism and how to interpret religious and political motivations that spark violent attacks. In addition, you'll learn analytical methods, predictive tools, and effective procedures on how best to deter or protect against potential threats. Terrorist incidents occur through various online and offline channels, making protecting people and organizational assets a top priority for many organizations. In order to mitigate terror escalations and prepare for emerging dangers, many professionals in the intelligence and public safety communities are expanding their knowledge and skills through education. This online certificate is designed to support these educational goals.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • International and domestic terrorism
  • Counterterrorism
  • Psychological and behavioral perspectives of terrorism and extremist groups
  • Chemical, biological, and radiological weapons, uses, and hazards
  • Cyber warfare, weapons, vulnerabilities, and benefits
  • Forecasting terrorist attacks

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of terrorism without committing to a degree program. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Investigate the causes and support mechanisms of international and domestic terrorism.
  • Examine the history of terrorism and its fundamental variations: domestic; trans-national; state-conducted; state-aided, and independent.
  • Employ indication and warning and predictive intelligence methods to forecast pending terrorist attacks.
  • Examine effective methods of counterterrorism and responses to reduce the effects locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Explore the ideological forces behind terrorism and provide an overview of terrorist groups and their intimidation and fear tactics.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.