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Concentrations

Students can pursue a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Sciences (MS) degree, with a choice of concentrations. For students pursuing a career in policy and research, the MA degree concentrations would be most applicable, while the MS degree concentrations are intended for students pursuing a career as a practitioner in a particular kind of security-related field. Links to the concentrations will take you to descriptions in the Security Studies pages in the UMass Lowell academic catalog.

Master of Arts Degree Concentrations

Homeland Defense

Students pursuing this area of concentration will develop competencies and knowledge relating to homeland security strategy and policy development, critical infrastructure protection, regional and national security intelligence, land and maritime border protection, and the use of new technologies in homeland security. Emphasis is placed on integrating a “big picture” policy perspective with an understanding of human behavior, systems, and intelligence analysis. 

Note: In September 2014, this program was ranked #6 in the nation by TheBestSchools.org.


Industrial and Economic Security

Students pursuing this area of concentration will focus their studies and research on topics related to the private sector, including energy security, computer network and facility security, and the defense industry. Courses will also examine global trafficking, economic crime, and the policies and legal frameworks for combating these threats. 


International Security

In this area of concentration, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of complex, intersecting global threats like organized criminal and terrorist networks, and the various policies, strategies and mechanisms to combat these threats. 

Master of Sciences Degree Concentrations

CBRNE Security

Students in this area of concentration will develop a solid understanding of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) security. Courses will exam the technical details of weapons and sensor technologies, nonproliferation regimes, the threat of states or terrorists acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction, and the local, state, federal and global efforts to confront this kind of threat. 


Critical Infrastructure Protection

Students pursuing this area of concentration will develop competency and knowledge to manage the increasingly complex security challenges at regional and international airports, commuter and commercial railways, maritime ports, and roadways of the Commonwealth and the broader region. Emphasis is placed on integrating a “big picture” policy perspective with an understanding of sensor technologies, transportation security, systems engineering, human behavior, and intelligence analysis. 


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. 

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