UMass Lowell's Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies: Homeland Defense Concentration provides competencies and knowledge related to homeland security strategy and policy development, critical infrastructure protection, regional and national security intelligence, land and maritime border protection, and the use of new technologies in homeland security.
Available entirely online, this 10-course master's degree program places emphasis on integrating a "big picture" policy perspective with an understanding of human behavior, systems and intelligence analysis.
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.
- World-Renowned Faculty in Terrorism Studies, Criminology, Science, Engineering and Information Technology
- UMass Lowell’s online programs have won numerous national awards for excellence
- Research opportunities with UMass Lowell's Center for Terrorism and Security Studies
Learn more about this program:
To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now to the right.
Sample a Course
Click here for more information on UMass Lowell's Master's Degree in Security Studies: Homeland Defense Concentration.
New students register for courses using UMass Lowell's New Student Non-Degree Course Registration Form. Current students register for their courses online by logging in to the secure Student Information System (SIS).
Please see Fee Schedule below.
|Type of Fee||Amount|
|Fee Per Credit||$575|
|Registration Fee Per Semester||$30|
|Graduate Degree Application Fee||$50|
|Returned Check Fee Per Semester*||$30|
|Total for Course**||$1,755 ($575 x 3 credits = $1,725 + $30 registration fee per semester)|
*Applicable when checks returned unpaid.
**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.
For additional registration information, visit UMass Lowell's Division of Online and Continuing Education Website.
The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
Did you know?
The University of Massachusetts has earned many awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:
- 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
- Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
- Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
- Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
- Excellence in Distance Teaching Education, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
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. A wide variety of undergraduate degree programs qualify as an appropriate foundation for this master of arts degree, particularly those in the behavioral and social sciences such as political science, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, history, international relations and many others.
All applicants must submit the following:
- A completed application, plus the $50 application fee.
- A statement of purpose
- Letters of recommendation (3)
- Official transcripts
- Official test scores for either the GRE or MAT. GRE/MAT waivers available.
- International students: Submit your official test results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. See Graduate Admissions International Graduate Application Requirements page for additional details.
Please refer to UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions website for detailed information about each of these requirements.
Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with UMass Lowell's Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility.
For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 978-934-4220 or email@example.com.