Study with experts to gain professional training in the study of extremist groups and states that employ the tactics of terrorism, and in the policy tools available to counter terrorism.

Students in the Terrorism Studies Certificate program take terrorism-related courses, seminars, and workshops taught by Middlebury Institute faculty who are recognized internationally for their expertise on terrorism and ideological extremism.


The Institute’s Terrorism Studies Certificate requires a total of 20 credits and 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 currently enrolled in an Institute degree program can apply to the certificate program and must complete the credits in addition to their degree requirements. Nondegree students can apply for a stand-alone certificate. Individuals interested in the stand-alone certificate should have a recent undergraduate or advanced degree in international relations, science, engineering, law, or related fields. Those with prior professional work experience and/or select course work in nonproliferation, terrorism studies, international security, or related fields may also apply.

Study On-Site and/or Online

Your courses are available in person and online. Please note that many of your online courses will be live (synchronous) so you will have to keep time zones in mind. The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both formats so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.

Terrorism Research Resources

The Institute has a rich variety of speakers, conferences, research activities, publications, and professional networking opportunities for students interested in terrorism studies.


The certificate consists of 20 credits.

Required courses

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

  • Introduction to Terrorism

Optional courses and workshops

Students must complete at least 16 credits of advanced courses and/or workshops. Sample courses and workshops:

  • International Security Research and Analysis

  • Introduction to Cyber Security

  • Workshop: Tabletop Exercise Design and Operations

  • Terrorism and Media in the Arab World

  • Workshop: Human Trafficking

  • Nuclear Trafficking

  • Counterterrorism

  • Militant Islamic Movements

  • Eco-radicalism

  • State Terrorism

  • Global Jihadism

  • Apocalyptic Millenarianism

  • Deterring and Influencing Terrorism and WMD

  • Terror and Counterterrorism in Africa

  • Threat Financing

  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism

  • Terrorism in South Asia

  • Terrorism in Southeast Asia

  • Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Central Asia

  • Non-state Armed Groups and Conflict Resolution


If you take 12–16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the comprehensive fee:

  • $21,317 per semester for the 2021–22 academic year
  • $22,383 per semester for the 2022–23 academic year 

If you take 11 or fewer credits in a semester, you will be charged at the per credit rate:

  • $1,777 for the 2021–22 academic year.
  • $1,600 for the 2022–23 academic year.


Current students should contact Dr. Jeff Knopf.

Prospective students should contact your enrollment advisor with questions and submit your online application.