Graduate Certificate in Security and Resilience Studies

Program Format
Application Deadlines
Fall: September 4, 2019, and October 21, 2019
Winter: January 6, 2020, and February 24, 2020
Credits Required for Graduation
12 Semester Hours


Northeastern University’s Graduate Certificate in Security and Resilience Studies will help students develop the critical thinking skills needed to address a broad range of transnational risks impacting the build and natural environment, and discover the principles, policies, and strategies required to protect communities and critical systems. Students can integrate their academic coursework with unique experiential learning opportunities and gain competencies to support government agencies, international corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Students will learn from experts, including the program’s co-directors Stephen Flynn and Daniel Aldrich, whose shared decades of experience span systems resilience, homeland security, post-disaster recovery, and countering violent terrorism.

The graduate certificate is offered in a hybrid option in both Boston and Seattle. Students at the Seattle campus will be provided with special face-to-face learning opportunities.

Meet Ann Lesperance, Seattle Faculty

Ann Lesperance has more than 30 years of experience as a researcher and project manager in domestic and international fields including environmental and public health analysis, disaster management, and recovery from natural and man-made events. She is currently the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Director of the Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security located in Seattle, Washington. Lesperance works extensively with federal, state, and local emergency managers and public safety officials on technical and policy issues with an emphasis on terrorist activities, biological events, port security, and critical infrastructure protection. She advocates a bottoms-up approach to public safety and disaster management, focusing first on the local level then linking the state and federal levels to ensure meaningful preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience actions are defined.

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Considering a Master's Degree?

Once students complete this graduate certificate they have the option to apply to our Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies (offered in Boston) or our Master of Public Administration (offered in Boston or 100% online) and use the certificate credits toward earning these degrees.