Emergency Management Masters degree students

Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

How to Apply to the Emergency Management Program

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Are you ready to become a leader with the confidence, skills and passion to step up in an emergency and handle whatever the world throws at you? Start your application to the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management here.

Application Deadlines

Autumn 2020 Deadlines and Dates

  • Autumn Quarter starts September 29, 2021
  • Orientation will be the first week of the quarter
Round Deadline Decision
Round 1 January 18, 2021 February 2021
Round 2 April 5, 2021 May 2021
Round 3 June 1, 2021 July 2021

Start Your Application

Online Application Requirements

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. If you encounter any issues, please contact us.

Official GRE or GMAT scores are not required for the MScTRM program.

Admissions decisions for MScTRM ARE NOT released on a rolling basis.


Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended. Please 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.

Course-by-Course Evaluations for International Coursework or Degrees

Note: 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 (preferred): trm-admissions@uchicago.edu. 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.

Letters of Recommendation

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

Candidate Statement

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

Your Resume or Curriculum Vitae

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.

Application Fee

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

Submit Your Application

After you have completed all parts of the online application and paid your $75 application fee, submit your application by the day of the application deadline in order to be considered for admission.

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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.