Master of Science in Threat and Response Management, Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery

Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

Curriculum & Timeline for Threat and Response Management

The Master of Science in Threat and Response Management curriculum has been designed with academic researchers and emergency management professionals to ensure its rigor, relevance and applicability to the emergency management and preparedness workforce.

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 program structure suits students from all backgrounds, from working professionals to new graduates. Students attend classes in-person for one intensive three-day weekend each month. Between class meetings students work on assignments, readings, and group projects.

How long will it take to earn a Master of Science in Threat and Response Management degree?

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).

How many courses are required to earn a MSc in Threat and Response Management degree?

Students are required to complete 12 courses—six core courses, three elective courses, and three capstone courses.

Prerequisite Courses

All students are expected to complete Introduction to Statistical Concepts prior to matriculation. This six-week course is offered online in August and September each year, prior to the start of the Autumn Quarter.

Core Courses

Electives

Capstone Courses

Students complete their capstone project during their second year in the program, and will be enrolled in the following courses over three quarters.

  • Capstone Project 1: Proposal
  • Capstone Project 2: Research and Implementation
  • Capstone Project 3: Writing and Presentation

 

Curriculum Schedule

 

Year 1


Summer

  • Pre-Quarter Statistics Boot Camp (Online)

Autumn

  • Foundations of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Statistics, Data Visualization, and Research Methods

Winter

  • Emergency Management Policy Making, Law, and Ethics
  • Complex Adaptive Systems for Emergency Preparedness and Hazard Response

Spring

  • Communications Strategies for Crisis Management
  • Crisis Leadership and Management

 

Year 2


Summer

  • Capstone Project

Autumn

  • Capstone Project
  • Elective #1

Winter

  • Capstone Project
  • Elective #2

Spring

  • Capstone Project
  • Elective #3

 

Sample Quarter Schedule

The MScTRM program has a unique format, where students attend classes for one weekend each month. You can see a sample first-year student schedule below. Guest lectures, instructor office hours, academic advising sessions and other additional activities are often scheduled during lunch breaks and in the evenings.

Thursday


1:30–4:30pm | Class: Foundations of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

4:30–6:00pm | Dinner break

6:00–9:00pm | Class: Statistics, Data Visualization and Research Methods

Friday


9:00am–12:00pm | Class: Statistics, Data Visualization and Research Methods

12:00–1:30pm | Lunch break

1:30–4:30pm | Class: Foundations of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Saturday


9:00am–12:00pm | Class: Foundations of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

12:00–1:30pm | Lunch break

1:30–4:30pm | Class: Statistics, Data Visualization and Research Methods