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

Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

FAQs- Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

How often do I attend class?

You attend classes over one weekend each month. This weekend usually falls on the first weekend of the month. When you are not in class you return to work and life to apply what you are learning in the classroom, while still completing assignments, projects and readings.

As a first-year student, you are in class on Thursday (1.30pm – 9.00pm), Friday (9.00am – 4.30pm), and -Saturday (9.00am – 4.30pm). As a second-year student, you are in class on Friday (9.00am – 4.30pm) and Saturday (9.00am – 4.30pm).

How long does it take to complete the program?

It takes two academic years to complete the program. For example, if you began in Autumn 2019 you would graduate in Spring 2021. There are no formal classes in summer but most students begin working on their capstone research at this time.

How many students will be in my class?

Each year we accept a cohort of students whose skills, experiences and personalities complement each other to create a diverse and vibrant classroom. Your cohort size will be between 20 and 40 students. Individual class sizes range from six to twenty-five students.

What is the capstone project?

The capstone project is an applied research project that is the culmination of your class work and experiences in the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management program. The project is completed throughout your second year in the program. In Autumn students develop their proposal and research questions; in Winter they conduct their research; and in Spring they write their project and present their work to their peers at the annual Capstone Showcase.

Some examples of recent capstone projects:

  • One group developed bestpractice guidelines for how local government agencies should use social media to collect information and communicate with the public after a crisis or disaster.
  • Another group developed trauma response kits and training programs for schools to use in the wake of active shooter events
  • A third group modelled the impact that a large earthquake would have on dam infrastructure along the Cascadia Fault in Oregon.

How much does the program cost and what funding is available?

Tuition for the 2018/19 academic year is $4,655 per course. The total cost of the degree is $56,234. Tuition is subject to change for the 2019/20 academic year.

Scholarships are available to complete the program. The Emerging Leaders in Emergency Preparedness scholarship program provides multiple awards to incoming students each academic year. The size of the award varies and depends on the quality of the application. Information about applying for these scholarships is available on the Tuition and Fees page of our website. Many of our students also receive tuition reimbursement from their employers.

What if I don’t have any emergency management experience?

A number of our students want to change careers and have little, or no, emergency management experience. Others are new graduates who have not had the chance to gain work experience yet. We encourage these students to apply, and explain in their candidate statement why they want to make their move into emergency preparedness. Many of these applicants also volunteer and internship experiences in the field to gain experience in the field and bolster their applications.

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT exams?

No. Standardized test scores, like the GRE or GMAT are not required for admission to programs at the Graham School. The only exception is for students who may be required by University policy to submit evidence of English language proficiency.

How do my recommenders submit their letters?

When you complete the online application, there is a section for you to enter your recommenders’ contact information. The online application system will automatically send instructions to your recommenders. We suggest you notify your recommenders in advance that you have listed them and that they will receive an email.

Do I need to submit official transcripts?

No. When you apply to the program you are able to submit unofficial transcripts (ie, scanned copies).

Can international students apply?

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. Unfortunately, you cannot complete the program if you require visa sponsorship from the University of Chicago.

What if I studied overseas?

If you completed your undergraduate degree at an international institution, we require you to provide a Course by Course Evaluation that compares your international qualification with US qualifications. You can find a list of organizations that provide this service here.