Security and Resilience Studies, Graduate Certificate

Program Director
Daniel Aldrich, PhD,

Graduate Program Administrator
Britain Scott,

CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Security and Resilience Studies is to prepare students to manage contemporary transnational risks by offering them an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and policies for security and resilience of critical systems. This goal is achieved by:

  • Passing a core course in security and resilience policy that introduces students to a comprehensive approach to managing transnational risks
  • Passing recommended foundation courses for cyberspace policy, security administration, and counterterrorism specializations that provide a broad perspective on transnational threats and the means states use to address them
  • Learning how to work with others in groups and exercise leadership in teams by completing group assignments and projects

The certificate requires students to take four courses for a total of 12 semester hours. Some courses are a hybrid format with four set face-to-face experiences per semester combined with an online component. Additional face-to-face experiences may be available for Boston-based students, although students are not required to come to campus more than four times per semester. This flexible experience offers interactive online course content and activities in tandem with structured live events that include a speaker series and interactive team project sessions. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

Required Courses
POLS 7341Security and Resilience Policy3
POLS 7343Counterterrorism3
or POLS 7441 Cyberconflict in the International System
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Resilient Cities
International Security
Homeland Security and Resilience Law and Policy
If not taken as a required course, POLS 7343 or POLS 7441 may be taken as an elective.

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required