Master's | Hybrid

Master of Science in Threat and Response Management


Program Structure

Students take interdisciplinary courses that combine hands-on experience and training with strategic, creative, and analytical knowledge. Each year, instructors tailor their lectures to the professions and academic interests represented among the class to ensure the content is relevant, current, and meets the students’ academic and professional needs.

The executive format, hybrid program structure will allow you the flexibility needed to complete coursework around your work schedule and includes quarterly in-person weekends in Chicago that will provide hands-on training while broadening your network and opportunities.

  • Executive format courses (Thursday–Sunday)
  • Cohort model
  • Weekend attendance in Chicago only required at the beginning of each quarter
  • No summer classes

The remainder of the quarter is held in a remote format, allowing students to study our curriculum from home. Between class meetings, students work on assignments, readings, and group projects.

In the Autumn and Spring terms, students will also have the opportunity to attend one optional networking event in person

Students are required to complete twelve courses:

  • six core courses
  • three elective courses
  • three capstone courses

Emergency Management Degree Concentrations

Students focus their coursework with degree concentrations that explore:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Environmental Security
  • National Security

Time to Completion

Students complete their degree in two academic years. Classes are held over one weekend each month for three consecutive months each academic quarter (Autumn, Winter, Spring).

  • TRM Introductions: An Evolving Threat Landscape
  • Intelligence Driven Decision Making
  • Bureaucracy, Politics, and Ethics in a Digital Age
  • Threat and Response Planning & Communication
  • Threat and Response Leadership Case Studies
  • VUCA Risks: Infectious Disease
  • Capstone Project
  • Elective #1
  • Capstone Project
  • Elective #2
  • Capstone Project
  • Elective #3


Pre-quarter Bootcamp

Core Courses

Students take six core courses.

Elective Courses

Students take three elective courses. 

Capstone Project

Students complete their capstone project during their second year in the program, and will be enrolled in capstone-related courses over three quarters. For more information, please visit our capstone project page for details and a sample of a past project.

a man accessing damage after a forest fire.

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