Emergency Management Masters degree students

Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

Accelerate Your Emergency Management Career

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We instill professionals with the confidence, skills, and passion to lead during an emergency.

Earn your emergency management degree in two years by taking classes in our flexible, one weekend per month format.

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Webinar: Threat Response Management and Creating a Resilient Future

What is the UChicago approach to risk management? We will look at case studies during the webinar so that you can see the depth of the emergency management curriculum you will study while pursuing your degree at UChicago.

Join us on June 20 for this webinar ›

Master of Science in Threat and Response Management Degree Details



Take classes in person one weekend a month. 
Our degree holds classes in downtown Chicago. You will take classes one weekend per month. You'll use time outside of the class weekend to read, prepare for the next weekend of classes, and work on projects for class.
This format means that students from all over the United States are able to pursue our degree and travel to Chicago to contribute to our diverse classrooms.


Earn your degree in two years.
Classes are held over one weekend each month for three consecutive months each academic quarter: Autumn, Winter, and Spring.
You will complete 12 courses—six core courses, three elective courses, and three capstone courses.


Our graduates make an impact around the world.
Our graduates leave the program with the sophisticated tools and training they need to plan for and respond to emergencies, and build communities and organizations that remain sustainable and resilient into the future.
Some roles our graduates hold:
  • Director of Emergency Management
  • Global Business Continuity Manager
  • Risk Mitigation & Public Information Coordinator
  • Homeland Security Program Manager


Foundation Courses
The six foundation courses in the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management give you the chance to learn the history, policy, and theory that has shaped the field of emergency management. These courses provide tools that will be necessary as you pursue the degree and a high-level perspective of emergency management that allow you to appreciate and absorb the complex, interconnected systems involved with emergency preparedness and management.
Our elective courses allow you to take a deep dive into emerging topics in emergency preparedness and emergency management. You'll take three electives as you pursue your degree.
Want to take more electives? Our graduates are eligible to take a complementary elective once they earn their degree and can enroll in courses at a discounted rate after taking their free class.

Capstone Project

Every student will complete a capstone project to earn their degree. This project is your opportunity to apply everything you've learned in the degree to address a challenge in emergency management.
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


Here's a closer look at the upcoming application deadlines to the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management.

Application Deadline Why Apply by this deadline?

Final Deadline for Admission

June 30, 2019

  • Final deadline for applications to the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management
  • Start your degree in Autumn 2019


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