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Part time Full time BA/BS to MA/MS Online Duration: 2 years
With the aim of bringing more security to an insecure world, UMass Lowell’s masters’ programs in security studies tackles the challenge of real-world threats by bringing expertise from all relevant academic programs.
The Master of Science program in Security Studies prepares students for careers in the rapid expanding field of cyber security, as well as weapons of mass destruction (CBRNE) and how to address threats to our critical infrastructure. Faculty from UMass Lowell’s computer science department teach classes such as digital forensics in the cyber security concentration; faculty from the University’s highly regarded Francis College of Engineering teach within both the infrastructure security and CBRNE concentrations, while public health, and radiology programs offer an additional, unique depth to the CBRNE concentration.
The Master of Arts program in Security Studies draws on faculty from psychology, criminal justice, and legal studies to prepare students for jobs in local, state and federal government agencies, as well as with defense contractors, research firms and advanced technology companies. Students may choose one of three concentrations, in industrial and economic security, international security or homeland defense, for which the online program has been ranked one of the ten best in the country.
The university also offers a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Security Studies. Students who earn the certificate may transfer into the Master's degree program, transferring in any courses completed with a B+ or better.
Our faculty include not just top academics in the area of security studies, but also those with security clearances within the U.S. military and those who have worked in local, state, and federal law enforcement and justice agencies such as Homeland Security, ATF, Department of Defense, intelligence agencies and local and state police forces.
Students can draw on the resources of UMass Lowell’s well-funded Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, which offers an internship program. Other student opportunities include hands-on research with academic leaders with outstanding academic credentials, combined with real-world experiences.
The following core classes are required for all Security Studies masters program students:
A 30-credit Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MS) degree offers a choice of these concentrations:
The program also includes an accelerated BA/BS to MA/MS track, where students can complete both a Bachelor and Master degrees in 5 years.
For more information on the curriculum including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.
UMass Lowell Bachelor's to Master's Applicants
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. No specific undergraduate major is required for the MA/MS options (except for those interested in the Cyber-Security track where some prior knowledge or experience in computer science or IT is necessary).
Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Security Studies
See the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements of the program.
Visit Graduate Admissions for more information.
Cost Per Credit: $575*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $17,250*
Cost Per Credit: $844.99*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $25,350*
Cost Per Credit: $1,499.44*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $44,983*
*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2021-2022 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees.
For more information on tuition and financing, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.
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