Master of Science - Cybersecurity Studies

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an increasingly important concern for government agencies, defense contractors, bio-tech research firms, and many others throughout New England. Students pursuing this area of concentration will develop an understanding of computer network security principles, human behavior, systems, cyber forensics, and the strategies and agencies (federal and state) that are intended to secure the nation from cyber attacks.

Core Courses

  • Contemporary Security Studies (CRIM.5750)
  • Intelligence Analysis: Policy and Practice (CRIM.5780)
  • Scientific and Technological Dimensions of National Security (CRIM.6680)
  • Research Design (CRIM.5910)
  • Security Studies Capstone Research Paper (CRIM.6990)

Required Electives

  • Issues in Computer Crime and Cyber Security (CRIM.6580)
  • Computer Network Security (see below)

CS/IT Electives (Choose 4 from the Following)

Online Courses:

The following online courses are offered within the MS in Information Technology program, and can be used to fulfill requirements in the Cybersecurity concentration of the MS in Security Studies program. Enrollment in these courses requires an undergraduate degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or comparable academic or professional background. Please contact the course instructor for permission to enroll.

On Campus Courses: The following courses are offered on campus within the MS in Computer Science program, and can be used to fulfill requirements in the Cybersecurity concentration of the MS in Security Studies program. Enrollment in these courses requires an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or comparable academic or professional background. Please contact the course instructor for permission to enroll.

Other graduate-level electives taken at UMass Lowell or at other campuses of the University of Massachusetts may also count toward the five electives, based on approval of the Program Director and Graduate Faculty Group.

UMass Lowell also offers a Graduate Certificate in Network Security, which can be completed through online courses. Student completing the Network Security program can transfer into the MS in Security Studies: Cybersecurity concentration and have those courses count toward the completion of the Master's degree.

More information about this program is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.