Human security and resilience are interdisciplinary approaches to understanding global affairs. These concepts focus on the security of populations (human security) and their ability to withstand and recover from a wide array of internal and external shocks (resilience), ranging from extreme weather to terrorism and armed conflict. The concept of human security was first defined by the United Nations Development Programme in 1994. 

Master of Science in
Human Security & Resilience

Master of Science in Human Security & Resilience

Human security and resilience are interdisciplinary approaches to understanding global affairs. These concepts focus on the security of populations (human security) and their ability to withstand and recover from a wide array of internal and external shocks (resilience), ranging from extreme weather to terrorism and armed conflict. The concept of human security was first defined by the United Nations Development Programme in 1994.

The Master of Science in Human Security and Resilience is delivered and developed by faculty in the Security Studies and International Affairs Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as outside experts in specialty areas. 

This 30-credit, online program is tailored to working professionals and includes a capstone course following completion of the specialization courses. Capstone projects are expected to allow students to more deeply explore challenges from their respective work sites or issues endemic to their careers in a scholarly way.

Though not all capstones will culminate in published research, the expectation is that the projects will be publishable in either scholarly journals or at conferences.

Career Outcomes

Human Security & Resilience graduates are in-demand candidates for careers in homeland defense, national security, government, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental agencies, and international affairs. Potential career paths include opportunities in fields such as:

  • Consulting
  • Diplomacy
  • Global banking
  • Import/export
  • Intelligence
  • International business
  • Military

Degree Requirements

The curriculum is composed of 10 three-credit courses, including a six-credit common core, 15 credits of specialized human security and resilience courses, three credits of capstone courses, and six credits of electives. The degree is a total of 30 credits.

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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog
Common Core
HSR/CMP 521The Internet, Security, and Governance3
RSCH 670 Research Methods and Statistics3
Human Security and Resiliency Specialization
HSR 512Introduction to Human Security3
HSR 513Principles of International Conflict Resolution3
HSR 515Foundations of Resilience3
HSR 580Environmental Security3
HSR 626International Law and U.S. Security Policy3
Electives6
6 credits in total; see advisor for elective course options
Capstone
HSR 690Capstone3
Total Credits30
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