Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

Will you make a difference? As a student in the MScTRM you will as you gain knowledge from instructors who have tactical experience in incident command, and as you network and share lessons with colleagues, policy makers, and other officials.


About the Program

The Master of Science in Threat and Response Management is a multidisciplinary program of study designed to prepare public health professionals, law enforcement officials, fire and emergency personnel, medical and nursing professionals, policy makers, and those in related fields to respond to and recover from complex incidents regardless of their size or cause. These incidents can include: terrorist attacks; biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear threats; natural disasters; disease outbreaks, and more.

Program Structure

Students enroll in two courses per quarter during the first year of study, which convene for three extended weekends each academic quarter. Classroom instruction will be supplemented through the use of alternative delivery technologies.

Program Requirements

  • Year One: Core Curriculum (6 courses)
    Students are required to enroll in two courses per quarter. After completion of the six courses in the core curriculum, students will begin the second year of study by selecting one of the curricular concentrations.
  • Year Two: Concentration Curriculum (3 courses, plus capstone project)
    Students will enroll in one formal course each quarter, while working in groups with a member of the faculty on a practicum or comprehensive capstone project.

Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded the Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.


View Application Requirements

The Master of Science in Threat and Response Management is offered in a part-time format; therefore, student visa documentation cannot be issued for this program as full-time enrollment is required.

  • Application form (online)
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Transcripts. One unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application. Please do not mail transcripts as part of your admission application; we only accept unofficial uploads for application evaluation. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to the first day of the term. An unofficial transcript for undergraduate coursework is still required even if you hold an advanced degree(s).
  • Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess your academic or professional qualifications.
  • 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 (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed four pages) describing his or her interest.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide an English translation with their application. An official course-by-course evaluation of transcripts may be requested through an accredited NACES member. A course-by-course evaluation will translate courses, degree, and grades to U.S. equivalency. Please visit  for more details
  • Resume or CV
  • Admissions interview. An interview with the program director may be conducted at the request of the applicant or the admissions committee.



MScTRM program staff will register students for courses each quarter.