Master's | Hybrid

Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

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Application deadlines
Round Deadline
Autumn 2023: Final App Jul. 17, 2023

* The application portal is now open. Please submit your application to the MScTRM program now to be considered for Autumn 2023 enrollment.

Admission Information

Admission occurs for a program start date in autumn. All admissions decisions are released after the corresponding application deadline and are not released on a rolling basis. Please complete your application by the day of the round deadline to be considered for admission. Official GRE or GMAT scores are not required for the MScTRM program. Please review the application requirements below.

How to Apply

Start your application with our online application form. You'll set up an account with your email address and give us a little more basic information about yourself. Please contact us if you have any questions about our program or the application process.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit an online application. A complete application to the University of Chicago's master's in emergency management program includes the following components:

Please list all Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended. Do not mail transcripts as part of your application; we only accept unofficial transcripts that are uploaded with your online application. If you are offered admission, official transcripts for each college or university you have attended will be required. An unofficial transcript for undergraduate coursework is still required even if you hold an advanced degree.

The online application requires three letters of recommendation from people who can assess your academic and/or professional qualifications.

You do not need to wait for all your letters to be received before you submit your application. As long as you have added your recommenders' names and email addresses, and they each submit their recommendation before our application deadline, their letters can arrive after you hit the submit button.

Popular sources for letters of recommendation include:

  • Professors
  • Supervisors or Managers
  • Professional Mentors

Applicants are required to demonstrate the motivation, academic potential, and ability to undertake work at the University of Chicago by writing a candidate statement.

Your candidate statement should be two to four pages, double-spaced. It is your chance to tell us why you want to enroll in our program. It should cover your:

  • Interest in emergency management
  • Reasons for continuing your education
  • Career and educational objectives
  • How the program will help you achieve your goals
  • What you hope to contribute to the program

Include a current copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) as part of your complete application. Make sure it is up-to-date and reflects your current position.

You will be prompted to pay a $75 non-refundable fee once you have submitted your application. Please contact us with any questions regarding this fee.

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International Students

  • Unfortunately, the University of Chicago cannot sponsor visas for part-time programs like the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management.
  • If you are a foreign national who has independent visa sponsorship that allows you to study in the United States, you are able to participate in the program but will be required to provide evidence of this sponsorship.

English Language Requirement

Applicants to the master's degree in emergency management who do not meet the English Language Proficiency criteria must submit proof of English language proficiency. The MScTRM program requires a minimum TOEFL 104, no less than 26 on each subsection, or IELTS 7, no less than 7.0 on each subsection. Only the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic tests are accepted as proof of proficiency. Please review score requirements posted on the UChicagoGRAD website for more information. 

Course-By-Course Evaluations for International Coursework or Degrees

UChicago cannot sponsor student visas for part-time programs.

If you graduated from or attended an international university or college for more than half of a completed degree, we require a course-by-course evaluation by a NACES Evaluator for each international institution to be submitted by the application deadline. A course-by-course evaluation will translate courses, degree, grades, and GPA to United States equivalencies.

All evaluations must be sent directly from the evaluator to one of the options below. Evaluation reports should be emailed to:

Or mailed to:
The University of Chicago Professional Education
Attention: MScTRM Admissions
455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr., Suite 950
Chicago, Illinois 60611

In order for this to be received by the application deadline listed above, we recommend you submit your transcript to be reviewed by a NACES evaluator no later than one month prior to the application deadline.

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