“How we assess and react to violent extremism around the world today has a massive impact on the safety of our communities in the years to come. Social media may have changed the game, but the consequences are just as heavy as they’ve always been.”

Allison McDowell-Smith, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Management

Earn your Master of Science in Counterterrorism at Nichols College

The Nichols College MSC program is the first in the country to focus on the subtle but vital differences between terrorism, violent extremism, and hate crime as it relates to public policy and government response. As an MSC student, you’ll learn about the radicalization process and social conditions that pave the path to violence from internationally renowned experts. National security is a priority for public and private employers around the world, and as a Nichols alum, you’ll have job prospects in an exciting and expanding industry.

Master Your Future.


With 7-week courses and 6 annual start times, a graduate education at Nichols College is designed to work around your schedule. You can participate in class from anywhere in the world thanks to our HyFlex collaboration system. Log in from any computer to see and hear the class in real time. Classrooms are wired with more than just cameras and microphones, speakers let you participate freely to get the most out of your education. Plus, some Nichols College graduate courses are also available in two locations, on our Dudley campus and at our satellite in Marlborough, for your convenience.


All our graduate degrees are built around core courses that emphasize decision making and encourage personal development as a leader. Because some of these courses are shared requirements for different degrees, your credits can be counted toward a second master’s. For example, if you’re earning an MSC, you can add an MSOL with just six additional classes because of the amount of stackable credit. It’s a convenient way to gain a massive competitive advantage, and just another way Nichols is committed to setting you apart.


A graduate education is an investment in your future, and we’re committed to giving you the most for your money. For three years running, Nichols has been named one of the best business schools for return on investment by Payscale.com. To find out more about just how little your graduate education can cost, sign up for more information or give us a call today.

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