M.S. in Human Security and Resilience

The Masters of Science in Human Security and Resilience (MSHSR) is a 30 credit, online program tailored to working professionals, and includes a capstone course following completion of the specialization courses. Capstone projects are expected to allow students deeply explore challenges from their respective worksites or issues endemic to their careers in a scholarly way. Though not all will culminate in published research, the expectation is that capstone projects will be publishable in either scholarly journals or at conferences. The curriculum is composed of 10 three-credit courses including a 6 credit common core, 15 credits of specialized human security and resilience courses, 3 credits of capstone courses, and 6 credits of electives, as outlined below:

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 515International Law and U.S. Security Policy3
MHSR 520Principles of International Conflict Resolution3
MHSR 530Environmental Security3
MHSR 540Foundations of Resilience3
MHSR 690MHSR Capstone3
Total Credits24


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

Estimated Cost of Attendance