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
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.
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)|
|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.
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
- 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.
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.
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
- Duration: 02 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 12000 USD
Application Fee: 50 USD
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