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