Security and Resilience Studies, MS

Daniel Aldrich, PhD
Graduate Program Director
d.aldrich@northeastern.edu

Britain Scott
Graduate Program Administrator
617.373.4404
br.scott@northeastern.edu

CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

Security and resilience studies is an emerging field of inquiry that focuses on how global, national, and subnational actors manage a range of chronic transnational challenges—such as terrorism, organized crime, weapons proliferation, cyberattacks, bioterrorism, climate change and catastrophic disasters, migration, and radicalization—that can be destabilizing to societies. 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 in order 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 Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies have an opportunity to become prepared to inform and support domestic and international efforts to deal with the major sources of turbulence in the 21st century. 

To earn the Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies degree at Northeastern, you must successfully complete 30 semester hours of credit. Full-time students can expect to complete the degree within one calendar year. This program can be completed either by students who are in residence at Northeastern University’s Boston campus or by students who live outside the Boston area. The core courses are offered in an online or hybrid format with much of the course content available online; typically once per month, students and the professor meet in extended face-to-face sessions. Low-residency students have the option of selecting elective courses that are available in a fully online format. Traditional students can select either traditional classroom-based courses or online courses to meet their 15 elective credits.

Academic Standing/Progress

Satisfactory progress in the MS program includes maintaining a minimum grade-point average of 3.000.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

Required Core Courses
POLS 7341Security and Resilience Policy 13
Core Elective Courses
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Criminology
Counterterrorism 1
Resilient Cities 1
Resilient Cities
International Security 1
Cyberconflict in the International System 1
Special Topics in Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Research Methods
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Research Methods and Statistics
Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Research Design
Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy
Research Methods

Capstone Options

Choose one of the following options in consultation with faculty advisor and program director.

Capstone
POLS 7980Capstone Project3-6
or
INSH 6864
and POLS 6964
Experiential Integration
and Co-op Work Experience
3-6

Elective Themes

Electives are organized to allow students to think thematically.

Administration, Management, and Policy

Complete 12–15 semester hours from the following:12-15
The Criminal Justice Process
Police and Society
Research Methods and Statistics
Quantitative Techniques
Global Governance
Critical Infrastructure Resilience 1
Economic Institutions and Analysis
Public Personnel Administration 1
Organizational Theory and Management 1
Public Budgeting and Financial Management 1
Techniques of Policy Analysis 1
Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager 1

Counterterrorism and Conflict Studies 

Complete 12–15 semester hours from the following:12-15
Global Criminology
Terrorism and International Crime
Immigration and Crime
Counterterrorism 1
Hard Power, Soft Power, and Smart Power
Ethnic Political Conflict
U.S. National Security Policy
Politics of Revolution and Change
Terrorism, Violence, and Politics
Totalitarianism and Oppressive Government
Genocide in a Comparative Perspective
International Security 1
Sociology of Prejudice and Violence

 Cybersecurity Policy

Complete 12–15 semester hours from the following:12-15
Security Management
Topics in Criminal Justice
Cyberspace Technology and Applications
Foundations of Information Assurance 1
Security Risk Management and Assessment 1
Information System Forensics 1
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights 1
Decision Making for Critical Infrastructure
Cyberconflict in the International System 1

 Resilient Cities

Complete 12–15 semester hours from the following:12-15
Criminology
Crime and Community Context
Special Topics in Criminology and Public Policy
Advanced Topics in Methods
Cities, Sustainability, and Climate Change
Resilient Cities 1
Resilient Cities
Critical Infrastructure Resilience 1
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Decision Making
Big Data for Cities
Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy
Urban and Regional Policy in Developing Countries
Urban Theory and Science
The 21st-Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Context
Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems
Climate Change and Urbanization in Developing Countries

Criminal Justice

Complete 12–15 semester hours from the following:12-15
Criminology
Global Criminology
The Criminal Justice Process
Topics in Criminal Justice
Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Special Topics in Criminology and Public Policy
Advanced Topics in Methods

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

30 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

1

Occasional online offering