Security and Resilience Studies is an emerging field of inquiry that focuses on how global, national. and sub-national actors manage a range of chronic transnational challenges that can be destabilizing to societies such as terrorism, organized crime, weapons proliferation, cyber-attacks, bio-terrorism, climate change and catastrophic disasters, migration, and radicalization.
This field of studies explores how strategic doctrines, organization processes, bureaucratic behaviors and security tools and tactics are adapting to these challenges by placing greater emphasis on resilience. Resilience is a concept rooted in multiple disciplines that is gaining widespread currency at the community, societal, and global levels given the prevalence of human-made and naturally-occurring threats that do not lend themselves to preventive and protective measures. Strategies for dealing with these threats emphasize measures that mitigate, respond to, recover from, and adapt to risk so as to safeguard essential functions and societal values. Many of these measures involve the role of technologies, system design, and engineering as well as policy, regulatory, and governance issues. Students at Northeastern who enroll in the MS in Security and Resilience Studies will be prepared to inform and support domestic and international efforts to deal with the major sources of turbulence in 21st Century.
For more information on requirements for the MA program see the Course Catalog.
In the SRS Program some electives and certain core course can be completed online—ideal for students who live outside of Boston.
Recent SRS graduates have found employment in a number of security and resilience-related industries. Some of our alumni are now working at Boston Public Health Commission, CyberSheath Services International, LLC, Massachusetts Port Authority, Insurance Fraud Bureau of MA, Vertex, Fragomen Worldwide, Volpe Center, and the UnitedHealth Group.
The Graduate Certificate in Security and Resilience Studies provides students with the principles, policies, and strategies required to manage transnational risks and protect communities and critical systems.