The emerging field of security and resilience studies focuses on how global, national, and sub-national actors manage a range of chronic challenges – such as terrorism, organized crime, weapons proliferation, cyber-attacks, bio-terrorism, climate change and catastrophic disasters, migration, and radicalization – that can be destabilizing to societies.
The program 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.
MS in Security and Resilience Studies students 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 curricular requirements, see the Course Catalog.
This program can be completed 100% online. Students wishing to complete the degree fully online should consult with their Graduate Program Administrator to plan accordingly for online course offerings.
Our program was recently rated #2 best online masters in Security and Resilience Studies by Criminal Justice Degree Hub.
Application fees will be waived for applications to the MS Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies program at Northeastern University’s Arlington campus.
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