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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Master of Arts or Master of Science in Security Studies

With the aim of bringing more security to an insecure world, UMass Lowell’s masters’ programs in security studies tackle 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 rapidly expanding field of cybersecurity, 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 teaches 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.

Master of Arts degree concentrations include:

  • Homeland Defense
  • Industrial and Economic Security
  • International Security

Master of Science degree concentrations include:

  • CBRNE Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Cybersecurity

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Many graduates work in government or private sector jobs that require a minimum of a master's degree. Jobs in cyber security 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. An alumni network taps into a wide range of organizations.

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • Completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • MA 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)
  • MS 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

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

Statement of Purpose

In a separate document, submit a brief statement indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, any teaching experience and/or research conducted/published that may be pertinent to your graduate program. Two pages recommended maximum.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide (names and email addresses) referees during the application process and an automated request will be sent out after the completion of your application. 

Official Transcripts

Provide a complete and official transcript from the institution that awarded or will award you a bachelor’s degree. You may also include transcripts from other institutions at which you have taken relevant coursework. Please note that waiting for additional transcripts may delay review of your application.