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Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies

My favorite part about the SRS program is that we get to collaborate with such a unique group of faculty and researchers. It’s finally the interdisciplinary program that helped to bridge my experiences in Science and Public Policy! – Ishra Noor, MS SRS ’18

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. It 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.

Elective Themes

Program Requirements

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

Learning Outcomes

Professor Daniel Aldrich on the SRS Program

Graduate Placement

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, Fragomen Worldwide, Volpe Center, and the UnitedHealth Group.



Online Options

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

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.