Emergency Management Masters degree students

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 (1:30–9:00 p.m.), Friday (9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), and Saturday (9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). As a second-year student, you are in class on Friday (9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.).

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 twenty and forty 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:

  • Created best practice guidelines for how local government agencies should use social media to collect information and communicate with the public after a crisis or disaster
  • Developed trauma response kits and training programs for schools to use in the wake of active shooter events
  • Modeled the impact that a large earthquake would have on dam infrastructure along the Cascadia Fault in Oregon

Visit the Capstone Projects page to learn more.

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

Please see the Tuition and Fees page for program cost information.

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. Military veterans may take advantage of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Alumni of the MScTRM program may take additional courses at a discounted rate via the Alumni Scholarship Program. Other scholarships may be available. Please contact trm-admissions@uchicago.edu for more information.

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 complete internship experiences in the field to gain experience 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. 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. Recommenders must upload their letter of support by using the URL that is sent to them electronically by our online application system. Other methods of submission are not accepted.

If a recommender does not receive an email to complete a recommendation, you may resend a duplicate link from your online application, OR request that the recommender check their SPAM folder.

Do I need to submit official transcripts?

No. When you apply to the program you are able to submit unofficial transcripts (ie, scanned copies). Please do not mail transcripts as part of your admission application; we only require unofficial uploads for application evaluation. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required at least one month prior to matriculation.

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.

What if I studied overseas?

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. Please visit naces.org/members to find an evaluator.

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 Graham School, Attention – Graduate Admissions

1427 East 60th Street, Second Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60637

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.