Online Master of Arts in Security Studies: Industrial and Economic Security Concentration

Various security methods inlcuding fingerprint scanning and passwords

Available entirely online!

Now more than ever, protecting the nation's security is inextricably tied to "the health of the U.S. economy and the competitiveness of U.S. industry."1

UMass Lowell's Master's Degree in Security Studies: Industrial and Economic Security Concentration provides an opportunity for the in-depth study of security threats against our nation's economy and private enterprise, along with a better understanding of the scientific and technological initiatives underway to combat these threats. Courses will examine global trafficking, economic crime, and the policies and legal frameworks for dealing with these issues. Additionally, students will explore topics related to energy security, computer network and facility security, and the defense industry.

This 10-course online Master's Degree in Security Studies: Industrial and Economic Security is available entirely online, providing a convenient format for busy professionals.

At UMass Lowell, you'll have access to world-class faculty and the same high-quality curriculum as our on-campus programs – allowing you to earn your degree from one of the nation's top-ranked research universities and a trusted leader in online education.

1Bureau of Industry and Security. (n.d.). Mission Statement. Retrieved from

Program Outline

10 courses total

Required Core Courses

Total Core Courses Required: 5

  1. CRIM.5750 Contemporary Security Studies (3cr) - Available Summer 2017!
  2. CRIM.5780 Intelligence Analysis Policy and Practice (3cr) - Available Summer 2017!
  3. CRIM.6680 Scientific & Technological Dimensions of National Security (3cr) - Available Summer 2017!
  4. CRIM.5910 Research Design (3cr) - Available Summer 2017!
  5. CRIM.6990 Security Studies Capstone Research Paper (3cr) - Available Summer 2017!
Concentration Elective Courses

Choose 5 of the following:

  1. CRIM.5260 Economic Crime (3cr)
  2. CRIM.5730 Threat Assessment and Risk Management (3cr)
  3. CRIM.6580 Issues in Computer Crime and Cyber Security (3cr)
  4. CRIM.5700 Crisis and Emergency Management (3cr)
  5. CRIM.5900 Descriptive & Inferential Statistics (3cr) - Available Summer 2017!
  6. MGMT.5010 Organizational Behavior (2cr) - Available Summer 2017!
  7. CRIM.5740 Overview of Homeland Security (3cr) - Available Summer 2017!
  8. CRIM.5660 Transportation Systems Safety and Security (3cr)
  9. MSIT.5450 Designing and Building a Cybersecurity Program (3cr)

Admission Requirements

  1. Undergraduate Degree: Please provide official transcripts. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required.
  2. GMAT with a minimum score of 500. This can be waived for undergraduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher from an AACSB-accredited undergraduate program. UMass Lowell undergraduates with a GPA of 3.2 or higher can have this requirement waived upon receipt of a recommendation by a UMass Lowell faculty member.
  3. TOEFL for international students: (600+ paper-based, 250+ computer-based, or 100+ Internet-based).
  4. Successful completion of all other University admissions requirements, including a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation. See UMass Lowell's Graduate Admissions Requirements for details.

Course Descriptions

CRIM.5260 Economic Crime

Introduction to economic crime including nature, causes, consequence, investigation, and prevention. Empirical findings and major economic crime cases will also be examined. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

CRIM.5660 Transportation Systems Safety and Security

This course will look at safety, security and emergency management with regard to transportation operations; multi-modal transportation security threats, vulnerabilities, risk and strategies to mitigate and incident; and the security of supply chains and critical infrastructure. The course will use case studies to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively safeguard the movement of assets within interconnected transportation networks. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CRIM.5740

CRIM.5700 Crisis and Emergency Management

This course will provide a broad introduction to the critical challenges of disaster management. The course will address past and present strategies for reducing and responding to hazards posed by both manmade and natural disasters. Emphasis will be placed on what we can learn from the history of disasters, and on how we can apply those lessons to the management of future events. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

CRIM.5730 Threat Assessment and Risk Management

The goal of this course is to enhance understanding and increase expertise regarding risk management and the impact of terrorism on economic and other critical infrastructures in the United States. The course will provide the tools (operational and statistical) and technology required to mitigate these risks. A second purpose of the course is to examine and critically discuss current and future methods to create best practices in security management. 3 credits.

CRIM.5740 Overview of Homeland Security

The U.S. has embraced the homeland security monolith without a full understanding of what it encompasses. This course provides a comprehensive overview of homeland security and defense as undertaken in the United States since 9/11. The course critically examines the current body of knowledge with a specific focus on understanding security threats, sources, and reasons for these threats. The roles of the key players at the federal, state and local levels, the policies and procedures enacted since 9/11, and the homeland security system in practice are also examined. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

CRIM.5750 Contemporary Security Studies

This course examines the complex nature of key domestic and international security threats and responses. Topics include terrorism and insurgency, transnational organized crime, WMD proliferation, cyber-security, intelligence, national and homeland security strategies, critical infrastructure protection, and theories of international security. 3 credits.

CRIM.5780 Intelligence Analysis Policy and Practice

Students will examine the tradecraft of intelligence collection and analysis from various perspectives. Topics will include strategies, tactics, legal and ethical implications, sources, means, methods, limitations, covert action, methods of analysis, and case studies of prominent intelligence successes and failures in the last half century. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

CRIM.5900 Descriptive & Inferential Statistics

This course is a rigorous introduction to statistical inference: probability theory, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. The course also covers regression analysis, which is developed in a non-technical way, with an emphasis on interpretation of regression results, using examples from recent research. 3 credits.

CRIM.5910 Research Design

Research design is a graduate-level introduction to methodology as used in criminology/criminal justice. The course surveys the research design enterprise and covers a host of issues on the measurement and collection of data, and other procedures that influence whether a research study will lead the investigator to scientifically rigorous information. This course explains various strategies for devising social science studies, compares the relative benefits of various designs, and identifies the tools necessary to conduct studies that will yield data worthy of analysis and interpretation. This material will be valuable for students who will conduct research and administrators who must evaluate the research of others. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

CRIM.6580 Issues in Computer Crime and Cyber Security

This course will examine the history and evolving nature of the relationship between technology, crime, and security, with a particular focus on legitimate and illegitimate Internet commerce, and cyber criminal methodologies and techniques. We will study major issues in cyber security including criminal and state-sponsored hacking; data, intellectual property, and identity theft; financial and personal data security; cyber-terrorism; tools and methods used to exploit computer networks, and strategies to protect against them; and new and emerging technologies. This course will be taught specifically for non-computer science majors, although students with computer science backgrounds are welcome for the experiences that they can bring to the class discussions. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

CRIM.6680 Scientific & Technological Dimensions of National Security

In this required course for the MS in Security Studies program, students will take this course to learn all about the efforts in the public and private sector to design new sensors, scanner, and the general role of science and technology in homeland and national security. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

CRIM.6990 Security Studies Capstone Research Paper

This course represents the culminating capstone experience for students in the MA in Security Studies program at UMass Lowell. Incorporating the tools learned in 44.590, Research Design and Methods, students are required to design a research question, gather and analyze information, and write a Masters level research paper of at least 50 pages on a topic of their choosing related to security studies. Students will provide drafts of their paper to their faculty supervisor periodically during the semester, and the final version will be submitter for grading on the basis of quality research and writing. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

MGMT.5010 Organizational Behavior

Introduces students to management and organizational behavior. Its general purpose is to study and understand the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. It is directed toward behavioral action components and emphasizes the close relationship between the study of organizational behavior and the practice of management. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director. 2 credits. Prerequisite: MBA/ MSF/MSEM/MGFB/PSM or PHD. Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Master of Engineering students

MSIT.5450 Designing and Building a Cybersecurity Program

This course focuses on best practices for designing and building a comprehensive Cybersecurity Program based on the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity ("The Framework"). The Framework was issued on February 12, 2014, as directed by President Obama in Executive Order 13636. This framework provides guidance for reducing cybersecurity risk for organizations, and this course will examine its basic tenets of: "Cybersecurity Fundamentals", techniques applied to "Building a Controls Factory", "Cybersecurity Programs" "Establishing Cybersecurity Centers of Expertise" and "The Cybersecurity Program Implementation Roadmap". 3 credits.

Sign Up to Get Program Updates

  • Note: You can unsubscribe at any time.

OR Request Information by Mail

Apply Into the Program

Visit Graduate Admissions

Register for Courses

Approximately 2 months prior to the start of each semester, Online and Continuing Education posts the new course schedule to the website. Once you've decided which course(s) you would like to take, returning students can register using SIS Self-Service, while new students must use the Non-Degree Registration Form.
Note: If you previously completed an academic program through UMass Lowell
but haven't already applied and been accepted into this program, please use the Non-Degree Registration Form to register.

Questions? Contact Us!

Email our Student Support Center for assistance, or call for advising at (800) 480-3190 and press 1 to speak with an advisor. See links at the bottom of this page for technical assistance with your online course.