Security Studies

Application and Admissions

Applications to the Graduate Program in Security Studies are accepted and processed year-round. Students accepted into the program can begin their courses in the fall, spring or summer terms.  A qualitative assessment of each applicant’s transcript and other application materials will contribute to any admissions decision for either the MA or the MS degree program.

Admissions Requirements for the MA Degree in Security Studies

  1. Completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. A wide variety of undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs will qualify, particularly those in the behavioral and social sciences (such as political science, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, history, international relations, and many others). 
  2. GRE scores for Verbal and Quantitative in the top 20th percentile. The MAT is acceptable as an alternative to the GRE.
  3. International students must submit TOEFL with acceptable scores.
  4. Please see the Office of Graduate Admissions for more information about the basic requirements for all master's and doctoral programs at UMass Lowell.

Admissions Requirements for the MS Degree in Security Studies

  1. Completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a major in a science, technology or engineering discipline and a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Graduates of bachelor's degree programs in behavioral and social sciences will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    (Can be waived with suitable professional experience or relevant science/technology graduate degree)
  2. GRE scores for Verbal and Quantitative in the top 20th percentile. The MAT is acceptable as an alternative to the GRE.
  3. International students must submit TOEFL with acceptable scores.
  4. Please see the Office of Graduate Admissions for more information about the basic requirements for all master's and doctoral programs at UMass Lowell.

Admissions Requirements for International Students

  1. International students apply through the regular admissions process. Please see the Office of Graduate Admissions for specific information about the basic requirements for all master's and doctoral programs at UMass Lowell.
  2. Please see the Graduate Admissions Office website for International Students, which describes the Test of English as a Foreign Language requirement for all master's and doctoral programs at UMass Lowell.
  3. International students can also enroll online and complete all requirements to earn a Graduate Certificate without having to meet the admissions requirements for master's or doctoral degree programs.

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Security Studies

  1. Graduate certificate programs are designed for students holding a baccalaureate degree in a field related to the certificate program. The application fee is $50. 
  2. No graduate record exam (GRE) is required.
  3. Applicants to the Graduate Certificate programs do not need to meet the admissions requirements for master's or doctoral degree programs.
  4. Application forms and procedures are available online.

Bachelor's to Master's Program

Juniors and Seniors at UMass Lowell who have a 3.0 GPA or better are eligible to apply for the B.S./M.A. (or B.S./M.S.) program. This program allows for completion of both degrees in five years if desired. As part of the program, two graduate classes may be counted toward both the 120 credit hour for the B.S. degree and the 30 credit hours required for the M.A. or M.S. degree. More information about this program is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.   

Transfer Students

If transferring from another graduate program, applicants must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5. Transfer students are those who come to UMass Lowell with prior graduate work. They are allowed up to 12 credit hours (with a grade of B or better) from another institution toward the completion of the master's degree at UMass Lowell. Only graduate courses taken from an accredited graduate school in the United States or Canada within a five-year period prior to the date of admission to the degree requirement may be considered for transfer. More information on the university policy is available online