Security Studies

The Graduate Program in Security Studies offers many options tailored to fit the wide range of needs and interests of students and professionals. 

The Master’s degree program in Security Studies is highly interdisciplinary, integrating both the research/policymaker dimensions and the technical/practitioner dimensions of security studies. The program was designed to provide an intense and rigorous graduate educational experience that will benefit working professionals as well as recent undergraduate degree recipients from a wide array of disciplines.

Students can pursue a 30-credit Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MS) degree, with a choice of concentrations: 
  • Master of Arts degree concentrations include homeland defense, industrial and economic security, and international security. 
  • Master of Science degree concentrations include CBRNE security, critical infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity.
The University also offers a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Security Studies. Students can earn their Master's degree or Graduate Certificate through courses on-campus or online. The UMass Lowell Division of Online and Continuing Studies has more information about online Master's Degree courses offered, and online Graduate Certificate courses offered. 

There is no residency requirement, and qualified international students are accepted into the master's degree or graduate certificate programs.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum of the MA and MS programs reflect the interdisciplinary nature of security studies, integrating and amplifying the expertise of faculty in many departments and colleges throughout UMass Lowell, and building upon the well-established reputation of our graduate programs in the sciences, technology, and behavioral sciences. 

Of the 10 courses needed to fulfill degree requirements, 4 are core courses that cover topics such as intelligence analysis, scientific and technological dimensions of national security, research design and methods, and a survey course of contemporary security studies literature. A fifth core course requirement involves a Security Studies Capstone Paper (for the MA) or a Security Studies Capstone Project Design (MS). The remaining 5 courses are selected from a list of electives within a specific area of concentration. MA degree concentrations include homeland defense, industrial and economic security, and international security. MS degree concentrations include CBRNE security, critical infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity.

Courses can be taken on-campus or online to meet the requirements for the Master's degree or the Graduate Certificate in Security Studies.

Summer 2014 Course Offerings

Online Courses:

The following Spring 2014 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.

Fall 2014 Course Offerings

On-Campus Courses: 

The following courses require an undergraduate degree in Information Technology or Computer Science, or comparable professional experience

Online Courses:

The following Spring 2014 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.

For the latest course descriptions and more information, please consult the UMass Lowell online Catalog.


Bachelor's-to-Master's Option
Undergraduate majors in related fields at UMass Lowell may enroll in a
Bachelor's-to-Master’s program that allows eligible students to complete both degrees in five years. Application for this program typically occurs in the junior year, and applicants must meet all eligibility requirements including a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Additional information is available from the graduate coordinator.
Please follow these links for more information: These graduate programs are affiliated with the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at UMass Lowell, which offers students opportunities to engage in research projects and technology development initiatives with real world security relevance.