MS Curriculum

The MS in Security and Resilience Studies is designed as a twelve-month, thirty-credit professional masters program. A combination of core and elective courses give students the opportunity to find the mix of policy and technical coursework that will best suit their future careers. Students will take twenty-four credits during the Fall and Spring terms, followed by a six-credit capstone requirement to be completed during Summer 1 and/or 2.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses

All students in the MS in Security and Resilience Studies will be required to take the 12 semester hours of courses including Security and Resilience Policy developed and taught by Professor Stephen Flynn.  This course introduces students to concepts and theories of Security and Resilience Studies and provides a foundation for further coursework in the field. It offers a unique theoretical foundation for security studies nationally. The other Core Courses are Critical Infrastructure, a newly designed introductory course for non-Engineers to be developed in conjunction with the College of Engineering, as well as International Security and a seminar in Controversial Issues in Security Studies.

  • POLS 7341 Security and Resilience Policy (3 SH)
  • POLS 7342 Security and Resilience Policy Toolkit (1 SH)
  • POLS 7347 Controversial Issues in Security Studies (1 SH)
  • POLS 7369 International Security (3 SH)
  • POLS 7704 Critical Infrastructure Resilience (4 SH)

Concentration and Elective Courses

In addition, students will complete at least 12 additional credits in a chosen concentration, from the interdisciplinary list of elective courses [see below]. This list of courses includes a wide variety of technical and scientific fields including cybersecurity policy, business sustainability, health care systems, urban sustainability, and infrastructure design. Students may petition the Program Director to include other elective courses on a case-by-case basis. Students may choose to define their own area of specialization or complete one of the pre-defined domain specializations below by taking three courses within that area.

Capstone Course

Students will have two options for completing their capstone project. First, students may complete a graduate Dialogue course during Summer 1 or 2 that would include an international experience for five weeks followed by two weeks of researching and writing a capstone project paper. Second, students could conduct a capstone course research or consulting project under the supervision of a faculty adviser.

Concentration and Elective Course List

Administration, Management, and Policy

  • POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques
  • POLS 7203 Techniques of Policy Analysis
  • POLS 7301 Public Personnel Administration
  • POLS 7302 Organizational Theory and Management
  • POLS 7303 Public Budgeting
  • POLS 7304 Economic Analysis and Institutions
  • POLS 7305 Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager

Counter Terrorism and Conflict Studies

  • CRIM 7242 Terrorism and International Crime (3 SH)
  • SOC 7231 Sociology of Violence (3 SH)
  • POLS 7343 Counterterrorism (3 SH)
  • POLS 7344 Hard Power, Soft Power, and Smart Power (new course)
  • POLS 7360 Ethnic Political Conflict (3 SH)
  • POLS 7361 U.S. National Security Policy (3 SH)
  • POLS 7363 Politics of Revolution and Change (3 SH)
  • POLS 7364 Terrorism, Violence, and Politics (3 SH)
  • POLS 7365 Totalitarian and Oppressive Government (3 SH)
  • POLS 7366 Genocide in a Comparative Perspective (3 SH)
  • POLS 7368 Crisis Politics (3 SH)

 Cybersecurity Policy

  • IA 5001 Cyberspace Technology and Applications (3 SH)
  • IA 5010 Foundations of Information Assurance (4 SH)
  • IA 5200 Security Risk Management and Assessment (4 SH)
  • IA 5210 Information System Forensics  (4 SH)
  • IA 5240 Cyber Law (4 SH)
  • IA 5250 Decision Making in Critical Infrastructure  (4 SH)