Prepare 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.

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The Master of Science in Security Studies program offers three concentrations, which lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

  • CBRNE Security (Mix of online and on campus) — 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 (online) — Build the capabilities you need to analyze and address infrastructure threats and incidents. Designed for security and law enforcement professionals who need to manage complex regional and national security challenges related to vital operational systems, the curriculum emphasizes integrating a big-picture policy perspective with knowledge of related areas, including sensor technologies, transportation security, systems engineering, human behavior and intelligence analysis.
  • Cybersecurity (online) — Develop the ability to address the technology, security and human weaknesses that leave organizations vulnerable to data breaches and cyberattacks. Through a combination of Criminal Justice and Information Technology courses, you will learn contemporary issues in security management, intelligence policy, national security and cybercrime trends. Simultaneously, you will explore computer and network security topics such as virtual systems management, secure mobile networks, cloud computing and digital forensics.
  • Total Number of Courses: 10 (30 Credits)

    Required Core Courses (5 courses/15 credits):

    • Contemporary Security Studies
    • Intelligence Analysis: Policy and Practice
    • Scientific and Technological Dimensions of National Security
    • Research Design
    • Security Studies Capstone Research Paper

    Concentration Elective Courses (Choose 5 courses/15 credits):

    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.

    For more information on the curriculum including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.

    • Submitted online application
    • Completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.000
      • M.A. degree: 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)
      • M.S. degree: Should have a major in a science, technology or engineering discipline - graduates of bachelor's degree programs in behavioral and social sciences will also be considered on a case-by-case basis
    • Official transcript from previously earned degrees
    • Official score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) result is optional.
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • $50 application fee

    International Applicants

    • For applicants who earned their degree outside of the US: transcript must be evaluated by a credentialing service such as WES or CED
    • English proficiency testing (can be waived in some cases)
      • TOEFL minimum 79
      • IELTS minimum 6.5
    • 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

    • Graduate certificate programs are designed for students holding a baccalaureate degree in a field related to the certificate program
    • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required
    • Applicants to the Graduate Certificate programs do not need to meet the admissions requirements for master's or doctoral degree programs
    • Application forms and procedures are available online
    • $50 application fee

    See the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements of the program.

    Visit Graduate Admissions for more information.

  • Juniors and Seniors at UMass Lowell who have a 3.000 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 M.A. and M.S. options (except for those interested in the Cyber Security concentration where some prior knowledge or experience in computer science or IT is necessary).

Why study security studies at UMass Lowell?

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Expert Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of top academics in the area of security studies, those with security clearances within the U.S. military and those who have worked in law enforcement and justice agencies such as Homeland Security, ATF, Department of Defense, intelligence agencies and local and state police forces.

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Internships & Research

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Graduate Certificate

The university 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.

Career Outlook

  • Many graduates work in government or private sector jobs that require a minimum of a master's degree.
  • Jobs in cybersecurity are expected to grow 28 percent over the next ten years, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Employees who understand the broad range of security challenges local, state and national government’s face can find jobs from specialty policing to state police units to customs and border protection.
  • Our growing alumni network taps into a wide range of organizations.

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