Security Studies

About Us

The Graduate Program in Security Studies within the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers an enriching interdisciplinary educational experience for students pursuing a broad range of careers in the private and public sector including local, state and federal government agencies, defense contractors, research firms and advanced technology companies. 

Note: In September 2014, the M.A. in Security Studies, Homeland Security was ranked #6 in the nation by

Students are admitted into this program from a wide array of undergraduate and professional backgrounds. Students can earn a 30-credit Master of Arts or a Master of Sciences degree, depending on the area of concentration they choose: 

  • Cybersecurity
  • Homeland Defense
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • International Security
  • CBRNE (WMD) Security
  • Industrial & Economic Security

Please see the Programs of Study page for more information. 

Students can fulfill all Master's degree or certificate requirements  by taking classes on-campus or online.  

Also, a Bachelors-to-Masters degree option is available for qualified undergraduates currently enrolled a UMass Lowell.

The university also offers a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Security Studies. Courses taken toward the completion of the Graduate Certificate, in which a student earns a B+ or better, can be applied later toward the Master's degree program. 

Finally, please note that students living in the New England region may be eligible for reduced tuition in the Proximity Regional Program

Research of Interest to Security Studies

This graduate program of study is affiliated with the Center for for Terrorism and Security Studies at UMass Lowell, which offers students opportunities to engage in several government-funded research projects and technology development initiatives with real world security relevance. Other UMass Lowell research projects of interest are focused on topics like radiation exposure, facial recognition, germ-detecting robots, and robotic explorers

Doctoral Degree Programs

Graduates of the Master's degree programs may also be interested in applying for doctoral degree programs, including the Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, which offers a Terrorism Studies option and advanced courses and research opportunities within the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. UMass Lowell also offers a Global Studies Ph.D. program, which includes a concentration in Security and Human Rights

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Fall 2015 Courses