In the 2016-2017 Catalog

M.S. in Human Security and Resilience

The interrelated concepts of human security and resilience are interdisciplinary approaches which focus on the security of populations and their ability to withstand and recover from a wide array of internal and external shocks, ranging from extreme weather and destruction of critical infrastructure to terrorism and armed conflict.  The increasing awareness of the impact of non-traditional threats such as climate change, political upheaval, food insecurity, demographic shifts and competition for natural resources on national security and public policy is driving the growth of this academic discipline.  

The discipline is rooted in the concept of human security, first defined by the United Nations Development Programme in 1994.  The UNDP definition established that human security includes protection from “chronic threats as hunger, disease and repression, and protection from sudden and hurtful disruptions in the patterns of daily lives, whether in homes, jobs or communities”.  According to the United Nations concept, human security is multidimensional and includes: economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security and political security.

Topics that fall under this multi-dimensional concept of human security include: organized crime and political violence (terrorism), resource competition and environmental change, health and development, armed conflict and intervention, and post-conflict/post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.

It should be noted that there is no single definition of human security or agreement on how to achieve it. These are some of the essential questions the security and policy community is wrestling with – and wonderful areas for continued scholarship, and graduate capstone project development. For example, the capstone and research projects in the Master of Science in Human Security and Resilience program will contribute to the critical debates in this field. Graduates from this program will make a significant contribution to the development and practice of this field.  Human security touches every level of government:  neighborhood, state, national and international.  This degree program will find interest among human security practitioners from the municipal emergency management official to the national level strategic planner; from the public health advisor to international humanitarian aid worker.



Common Graduate Core6
RSCH 670Research Methods3
MHSR 501The Internet, Security, and Governance3
Human Security and Resiliency Specialization15
MHSR 510Introduction to Human Security3
MHSR 520Principles of International Conflict Resolution3
MHSR 530Environmental Security3
MHSR 540Foundations of Resilience3
MHSR 615
MHSR 690MHSR Capstone3
Total Credits24


Choose 6 credits from other graduate level courses approved by program chair.
Total Credits6
Total Degree Requirements30