Certificate in Security and Resilience Studies

Graduate Certificate in Security and Resilience Studies

The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Security & Resilience Studies is to prepare students to manage contemporary transnational risks through gaining a systematic understanding of the principles and policies for enhancing the Security and Resilience of communities and critical systems. The certificate requires four courses for a total of 12 credits.

Students will meet these goals through the following certificate requirements:

The Certificate is offered in a hybrid format in Boston and Seattle. There are two in-person Saturday sessions required each semester. Once you complete the Certificate, you may apply to transfer those credits into one of three Master’s programs: Master’s in Security and Resilience Studies, Master of Public Administration or a Master of Public Policy. All certificate credits may count toward these degrees.

Key Features

For more information on requirements for the SRS Certificate program see the Course Catalog.


Admission Information

All currently enrolled Northeastern CSSH graduate students can opt to complete any graduate certificate while concurrently enrolled in a degree program. Masters and doctoral students seeking a graduate certificate must (1) apply and be admitted to the certificate program and (2) must complete the course requirements of the certificate prior to meeting coursework requirements for the primary degree program. Certificate coursework cannot extend beyond the point in time when degree requirements are met.

Stand-alone certificate programs do not meet compliance eligibility requirements for F-1 and J-1 visa classifications.


Career Outlook

The need to devise strategies to survive disruptive events, recover quickly, and rebuild stronger clearly applies not only to local and national governments and their agencies but also to private industry.

Resilience focuses on identifying risk, understanding the systems involved in that risk assessment, and the determination of how to mitigate it, as well as to bounce back and adapt after disruption. Opportunities for graduates with resilience knowledge and skills are sought within:

Recent graduates of the MS in Security and Resilience Studies degree have found employment in a wide variety of opportunities, including:



Northeastern University’s Security and Resilience program is directed by Dr. Daniel Aldrich in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.  Faculty who teach in the Security and Resilience program are tenure or tenure-track faculty with appointments in the College of Social Sciences’ School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Department of Political Science; and/or International Affairs Program.


Professor Daniel Aldrich is director of the program. He has conducted fieldwork in Japan, India, and France, as well as the United States, examining and providing expert advice on post-disaster recovery, countering violent extremism, and the interaction between civil society and the state.



Additional Faculty

Professor Stephen Flynn, founder and creator of the program’s curriculum, leads the Center for Resilience Studies and co-directs the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.  He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading expert in systems resilience, transnational risks, and homeland security.



Assistant Professor Max Abrahms, is an expert in the fields of terrorism, counterterrorism, and international security and a highly regarded media commentator on these issues.  He is also a term member in the Council on Foreign Relations,



Assistant Professor Mai’a Davis Cross is an expert on European security policy to include how NATO and the European Union manage traditional and transnational threats.  She has been a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies, Visiting Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and is also a term member in the Council on Foreign Relations.


Associate Professor Denise Garcia is a leading academic expert on small arms proliferation and global governance of security.  She is a member of the Academic Council of the United Nations and the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.