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Master of Arts in Security and Intelligence Studies — Boston

The Master of Arts in Security and Intelligence Studies program 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.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.


Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

18 months

F1 Visa Eligible


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 Master of Arts in Security and Intelligence Studies program 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.

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Unique Features

  • Benefit from a unique multidisciplinary approach that merges security leadership skills and an understanding of civil liberties.

  • Learn from faculty security experts who bring their real-world experience as constitutional lawyers, White House advisors, CIA operatives, military intelligence officers, and more to the classroom.

  • Gain a whole-of-government approach to security studies with a set of required foundational courses and a broad range of electives to choose from.

  • Focus your degree with three tracks: Corporate Security Management, Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and Strategic Intelligence & Analysis

  • 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.

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%). (opm.gov)
  • Top Boston employers for security professionals include Humana, MassMutual Financial Group, Deloitte, State Street Corporation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. (JobsEQ)

Experiential / Co-op Opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.


SIA 6140 - Civil Liberties and Security                                                                                                                     3.00

SIA 6980 - Capstone                                                                                                                                                 3.00


The remaining required quarter hours for the program may be completed by a combination of completing a concentration and additional electives or selecting any courses listed in the electives list.

  • Corporate Security Management
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Strategic Intelligence and Analysis


Complete courses in the following subjects areas at the 5000 level or above to reach 45 quarter hours: CJS, GST, HLS, LDR, PJM, SIS

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total semester hours required

Minimum 3.000 GPA required

* Please note: this curriculum is for marketing purposes only, and is subject to change. 



SIA 6150 - Corporate Security and Investigations                                                 3.0

SIA 6160 - Information Systems Policy                                                                  3.0


SIA 6010 - Intelligence Operations Management                                                                                      3.0

SIA 6020 - Globalization and Intelligence Issues                                                                                      3.0

SIA 6030 - Intelligence Analysis and Policy Relationship                                                                          3.0

SIA 6170 - Counterintelligence                                                                                                                  3.0


Follow our leaders

Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

"Northeastern University has a long history of preparing individuals for leadership roles in the justice system. We believe this new degree will be the strongest program yet to prepare security professionals to confront and respond to the increasingly complex challenges facing the United States and the world." - Jack McDevitt, PhD, Faculty Director

John Terpinas

  • Professor of the Practice

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Edward Barr

  • Lecturer

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Dave Hagen

  • Associate Teaching Professor

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Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • 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. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Admissions Details Learn more about the College of Professional Studies admissions process, policies, and required materials.

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

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Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.