Security and Resilience Studies, MS

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


Rosy Trovato
Graduate Program Administrator
617.373.4404
r.trovato@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. 

The master’s program offers an optional cooperative education experience (“co-op”) to eligible students. Cooperative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities experiential liberal arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified master's students with six-month work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, and then bring knowledge and skills gained in community learning spaces back to our campus learning spaces during the cocurricular experiential integration course.

To earn the Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies degree at Northeastern, you must successfully complete 32 semester hours of credit (34 semester hours with co-op). Full-time students can expect to complete the degree within one calendar year. This program can be completed either at Northeastern University’s Boston campus or online. 

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.

Core Requirements

Required Core Courses
POLS 7341Security and Resilience Policy 14
Core Elective Courses
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Criminology
Counterterrorism 1
Resilient Cities 1
Resilient Cities
International Security 1
Cyberconflict 1
Special Topics in Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Research Methods
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Research Methods and Statistics
Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Research Design
Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy
Research Methods

Capstone

Choose one of the following options in consultation with faculty advisor and program director:4
Capstone Project
Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Electives

Electives are organized by themes to allow students to think thematically.

Complete 12 credits from any combination of the following elective themes:12

Administration, Management, and Policy

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 

Global Criminology
Immigration and Crime
Counterterrorism 1
Hard Power, Soft Power, and Smart Power
Genocide in a Comparative Perspective
International Security 1

 Cybersecurity Policy

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 1

 Resilient Cities

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 Theory and Science
The 21st-Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Context
Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy
Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems

Criminal Justice

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

Optional Co-op Experience

Requires two consecutive semesters of Co-op Work Experience and Experiential Integration:2
Co-op Work Experience
and Experiential Integration

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours (34 with optional co-op) required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required