UMass Lowell's Master of Science in Security Studies: Critical Infrastructure Protection Concentration prepares security and law enforcement professionals with the knowledge and competency necessary to manage increasingly complex security challenges at regional and international airports, commuter and commercial railways, maritime ports, and major roadways. Emphasis is placed on integrating a “big picture” policy perspective with an understanding of sensor technologies, transportation security, systems engineering, human behavior and intelligence analysis.

This 10-course online master's degree program is available entirely online, providing a convenient format for busy professionals.

Courses are available throughout the year, during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. You can take one course per semester or more, depending on your own personal time constraints.

Program Highlights:

  • Ranked #2 Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report 
  • World-Renowned faculty in Terrorism Studies, Criminology, Science, Engineering and Information Technology
  • UMass Lowell’s online programs have won numerous national awards for excellence
  • No GRE required
  • Research opportunities with UMass Lowell's Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

Learn More About This Program:

For more information, visit UMass Lowell's Master's Degree in Security Studies: Critical Infrastructure Protection Concentration webpage.



Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $585
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Graduate Degree Application Fee      $50
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Total for Course** $1,785 ($585 x 3 credits = $1,755 + $30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).



Applications to the Graduate Program in Security Studies are accepted and processed year-round. Students accepted into the program can begin their courses in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. To be considered for admission to this program, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application, plus the application fee
  • A statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcripts
  • International students: Submit your official test results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam

Please refer to UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions website for detailed information about each of these requirements.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please contact the Solutions Center at 978-934-2000 to determine eligibility.