MS in Security and Resilience Studies

In fall 2014 the College of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Department of Political Science, in collaboration with other Northeastern University departments and programs, launched a first-of-its kind Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies. Utilizing the interdisciplinary expertise of scholars at Northeastern University, this degree offers students the opportunity to explore public and international issues as terrorism, homeland security, resiliency, and cybersecurity.

Hear from Stephen Flynn the program’s co-director about the value of this program:

A unique combination of cutting-edge skills

A rigorous academic program, it integrates traditional security studies with cutting-edge training in methods to maximize systems and societal resilience, and specific instruction in technical fields such as cyberspace policy, infrastructure protection, and risk management. This unique combination of analytical and technical coursework enables students to cultivate interdisciplinary approaches to security threats; devise creative strategies for threat prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery; and 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.