Security and Intelligence Studies, M.A. | Online (optional) | Northeastern University | Boston, United States
12 months
36800 USD/year
36800 USD/year
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The Security and Intelligence Studies program at Northeastern University prepares you to take a leadership role in the security field. You’ll be ready to anticipate and lead responses to security threats in an ever-changing, challenging global environment.


Global security continues to be an evolving and critical issue facing countries, companies, and communities. Successful security and intelligence experts need to possess the critical thinking and problem-solving skills to effectively lead in responding to today’s challenging threat environment.

The Security and Intelligence Studies program at Northeastern University offers a unique interdisciplinary approach that merges security, law, diplomacy, politics, and constitutional rights to create well-rounded security leaders. You’ll gain and hone skills in intelligence collection and dissemination, analysis, research, threat assessment, and evaluation of information and policy development while focusing on the importance of civil liberties in pursuing security in civil society.

While this program is offered on campus, most of your classes will be taken online, allowing you to work with an extended network of students that participate in our different modalities.

You will be learning from security experts, each with at least 20 years of teaching and real-world experience. They’ll share their experiences as constitutional lawyers, White House advisors, CIA operatives, military intelligence officers, and more.

Career Outlook

  • Prepare for security roles such as intelligence analyst, special agent, information security officer, corporate security specialist and manager, criminal investigator, or fraud investigator.
  • Security and intelligence-related occupations are projected to grow much faster than the average. New positions combined with replacements are expected to produce more than 200,000 openings per year across the United States. (JobsEQ)
  • Federal employment has grown for most security-related occupations over the past five years. Emergency management specialists reported the highest growth (178%), followed by investigative analysis (48%). (
  • Top Boston employers for security professionals include Humana, MassMutual Financial Group, Deloitte, State Street Corporation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. (JobsEQ)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • National Security - Law and Policy
  • Homeland Security
  • Contemporary Threats to Homeland Security
  • The Intelligence Community Interagency Collaboration
  • Civil Liberties and Security
  • Intelligence Analysis & Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36800 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    36800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36800 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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