The History and Political Science Department at Worcester State University has entered into an agreement with Nichols College that will allow students to enroll in a 4+1 program that culminates in a bachelor’s in history from WSU and a master’s in counterterrorism from Nichols.
Criminal justice majors are also able to enroll in the same 4+1 program with Nichols, a partnership that was announced last summer. This new agreement opens the opportunity to history majors as well.
The M.S. in counterterrorism is the first graduate program in the United States focusing exclusively on violent extremism and how to combat its threats. The program gives students a deep understanding of the psychological, social, political, economic, and religious factors that contribute to radicalization, and the skills to quickly and efficiently assess and address risk.
Under the terms of the agreement, WSU undergraduates pursuing a B.A. in history or a B.S. in criminal justice must attain at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in their major and a 3.0 G.P.A. overall by the end of their junior year. Students will need to complete 90 credits at WSU by the end of their junior year, as well as fulfill all admissions requirements for the Nichols’ M.S. in counterterrorism.
In their senior year, students will complete their bachelor’s degree while taking six semester hours of coursework at Nichols toward the M.S. degree. Students will be charged the graduate fee for each Nichols course, but pay WSU tuition and fees.
Upon successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from WSU, students will be encouraged to apply to the counterterrorism master’s degree program at Nichols and the six credits already taken during the senior year will count towards the M.S. degree. Both degrees will be finished in five years instead of six, allowing students to save both time and money.
Students will also have the opportunity to study at the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, making it possible for them to earn a master’s in counterterrorism from Nichols and a master’s in management from Mastricht at the same time at no additional cost.