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Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies


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.


Program Requirements

For more information on requirements for the MA program see the Course Catalog.

Learning Outcomes
  • Speak cogently about contemporary issues in security and resilience studies
  • Communicate effectively in written formats relevant to the study of security and resilience
  • Synthesize, analyze, and critically evaluate major arguments in contemporary debates involving security and resilience
  • Design and complete a policy memo, independent research paper or applied project in the field of security and resilience
Online Options

In the SRS Program some electives and certain core course can be completed online—ideal for students who live outside of Boston.

Scholarship and Financial Aid
  • Our top masters applicants are eligible for the Political Engagement Scholarship that cover up to 50% of tuition for the duration of the degree program. There is no separate application for these awards. Students simply indicate interest in funding via the “Financial Assistance” section in the online admission application.
  • Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services Office administers graduate financial aid. Federal financial aid and alternative educational loan programs — Interested applicants must complete a FAFSA form.
  • Veterans: The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For more information about Program and Eligibility please visit the Yellow Ribbon Program website
Graduate Placement
Graduate Certificate

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.