MS in Security and Resilience Studies

In the Fall 2014 semester, the Department of Political Science in collaboration with other departments and programs at Northeastern launched a first of its kind Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies. Utilizing the interdisciplinary expertise of scholars from across Northeastern, this degree offers students the opportunity to explore such material in public and international issues as terrorism, homeland security, resiliency, and sustainability.

A unique combination of cutting-edge skills

The Masters in Security and Resilience Studies trains the next generation of security professionals to face the new challenges of the 21st century. A cutting-edge academic program, it provides a unique combination of traditional security studies coursework with training in technical fields such as cybersecurity policy, business sustainability, and urban coastal resilience. A combination of analytical and technical coursework is designed to enable students to succeed in security management, policy, and leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.

Areas of Specialization


Stu­dents in Northeastern’s “Crit­ical Infra­struc­ture Resilience” grad­uate course pre­sented their semester-​​long projects to Mass­port and DHS offi­cials last month. Con­tributed photo by Jamie Traynor

A fast track through the program

In the fall semester, students enroll in several core courses that introduce the key concepts in Security and Resilience Studies. The balance of your first two semesters will be spent fulfilling core course requirements and electives in one of the areas of specialization listed above. The degree is then completed in the summer term, with an experience with other students in the program and other graduate programs within the department, and by completing a capstone project supervised by Northeastern faculty.

For more information on specifics to the program see the Curriculum page.


MS in Security and Resilience Studies Brochure

This brochure will give a brief overview of the exciting new program in the cutting edge field of security and resilience.

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