Top higher education institutions around the world are offering cybersecurity degrees and research programs for information security professionals looking to further their careers. The following are 82 of the top degree and research programs for cybersecurity studies.
Choosing a university is an important decision for anyone. The rate of change and innovation within the information security/cybersecurity field only serves to make the decision process that much more difficult for students who wish to pursue higher education in security. The good news is that more universities and colleges are offering infosec degree programs than ever before, and many are participating in ground-breaking research — meaning students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on security research and learning opportunities at many of today's top institutions. What's more, the global shortage of information security talent means that pursuing a degree or research program within the field can be a highly rewarding career move.
To help you decide which infosec program is right for you, we've put together this list of 82 of the best infosec programs from leading universities around the world with programs of study and degree programs spanning cybersecurity, information security, information assurance, and related areas. While these universities and programs aren't ranked in any particular order (they're listed alphabetically), we considered a variety of factors to create this list of 82 exceptional universities and degree programs in the information security and cybersecurity fields, including on-campus research initiatives, professional designations and certifications, programs of study and degree programs offered, cost and scholarship opportunities, and partnerships/affiliations. Of course, not every university or program is the best choice for every student; thus, this list is intended to represent many of the leading institutions offering educational programs in these specialized fields of study that we think are worth your consideration.
Tuition and cost data is current for the 2015/2016 academic year in most cases, but is subject to change as universities may update tuition and fees information annually. Please also note that the tuition rates listed may not reflect all applicable university charges, such as room and board, books, and other admission fees. Please consult the admissions department for any university you're interested in for accurate and complete tuition and fees schedules. To make this list easy to navigate, the selected universities and colleges are listed in alphabetical order. If you're just beginning to consider information security or cyber security programs, this list is an excellent place to begin your search.
Abertay University's Master's in Ethical Hacking & Computer Security program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Students gain proficiency in a wide range of subject matter, from forensic computing to network security. This program is designed for students with significant undergraduate study in software development or networking. Students must have a minimum of a lower second-class (2:2) Honours degree in the field of Computing.
Abertay's BSc in Ethical Hacking program was first created in 2006, making it the first undergraduate degree in the world with the word "hacking" in the title. Cyber security researchers at Abertay have close ties with industry leaders and work towards providing solutions to evolving real-world problems, presenting a variety of research opportunities for students.
- Scottish and EU Students:
- MSc/MProf Programs: Energy, Water and Environmental Management; Ethical Hacking and Computer Security; International Management; Oil and Gas Management; Psychology: £4000
- There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 120 credits.
- Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland:
- MSc Ethical Hacking and Computer Security: £4000
- There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 120 credits.
- Overseas Students:
- MSc/MProf Programs including Ethical Hacking & Computer Security: £12200
- Additional tuition and fees information can be found at the following links for:
Hiring/Employment Rate: While we were unable to locate specific statistics on student outcomes and graduate employment rates, a January 2014 article in The Courier quotes program tutor Colin McLean, who also launched the university's ethical hacking program, as saying, "Employability prospects for our students are huge. Currently, we can’t produce enough graduates for the jobs that are out there."
The April 2014 HELOA Scotland Newsletter for School Advisers notes that since the program's launch in 2006, it has built up a fine reputation for providing graduates with the attributes required by the leading security companies in the UK."
Scholarships Offered: For students pursuing the MSc program, postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria. For students from Scotland, Abertay University offers three Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries. The Bursary is available to students as a one-year degree course taught post-graduate and is awarded as a deduction from course tuition fees. Discretionary and childcare funds are administered by the University, and students may also look into funding from educational trusts and charities by searching resources such as Family Action or Scholarship Search. More information on financing your Abertay education can be found here. Scholarships and bursaries available to overseas students include Chevening Scholarships, Fulbright Awards, TOEFL Scholarships, and other options. More information on these and other scholarship programs available to overseas students can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Abertay Ethical Hacking Society runs the Securi-Tay conference, which "consists of a day of talks and discussions by industry leaders, academics and students from the Abertay’s Ethical Hacking degree courses." Scotland's largest security conference, Securi-Tay is organized entirely by Abertay's Ethical Hacking students. Cyber security research areas include ethical hacking, usable security, biometrics, digital forensics, security/digital forensics visualisation, intelligence systems, ubiquitous security, mobile system security, smartgrid security, and human and social aspects of security, with strong ties to industry leaders to provide real-world research opportunities.
Bellevue University offers both Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Cybersecurity. Situated in Bellevue, Nebraska, Bellevue University's Center for Cybersecurity Education is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA/DHS. GetCollegeCredit.com names Bellevue University sixth in its ranking of the Top 10 Universities For Cybersecurity.
- Undergraduate/Residential: $275/credit hour
- International: $350/credit hour
- Graduate Classes/Programs - Residential and Online: $525/credit hour
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Bellevue University's scholarship program is "primarily designed to assist financially needy incoming and continuing students at the undergraduate level." However, some scholarships are awarded based on merit to recognize outstanding academic achievement by incoming freshmen. Scholarship funds are provided by a variety of sources and donors, and special ability scholarships are awarded for proficiency in selected areas, such as athletics, art, and special projects. More information on scholarship opportunities available to Bellevue University students can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Bellevue University's Center for Cybersecurity Education is designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence by the NSA/DHS.
Students majoring in Computer Science at Boston University can opt for the Concentration in Cryptography & Data Security, offering students the option to participate in a number of courses both within the department and elsewhere at Boston University. Students also have access to the BU Security Research group, which is headed by four Computer Science faculty members including Ran Canetti, Sharon Goldberg, Leonid Reyzin, and Nikos Triandopoulos. The BU Security Research group specializes in cryptography and computer security. Additionally, many other faculty members also study questions related to computer security in a number of different contexts, all of whom are available to advise interested undergraduate students. Boston University also offers graduate programs with the ability to specialize in Cyber Security as a field of study.
Cost (tuition at Boston University is billed by the semester):
- Undergraduate tuition: $23,711 (not including room and board and other fees)
- Graduate School of Arts & Sciences - full-time (12-18 credits): $47,422 (not including fees)
- Graduate School of Arts & Sciences - part-time: $1,482 per credit (not including fees)
Hiring/Employment Rate: The demand for Boston University graduates is high. "Alumni of our BA, MA, and PhD programs land jobs at top technology companies—such as Google, Akamai, and Microsoft—or are hired by major employers in the financial, entertainment, health care, or defense industries, among others. Our BA graduates who wish to earn advanced degrees in computer science, law, management, and medicine are sought after by some of the best universities in the world. And many of our PhD graduates now hold faculty positions at distinguished universities worldwide."
Scholarships Offered: A team at Boston University was awarded $3 million from the NSF to study softphones. "The project ultimately aims to understand how security problems associated with softphones and their networks are different from those of traditional computers and networks, and how to harness the unique capabilities of softphones for improved security."
Students who are interested in programs in Information Assurance at Boston University are eligible to apply for full scholarships through the Department of Defense. Students must be full-time and U.S. citizens to be eligible for the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship program.
Information on other merit-based scholarships available to Boston University students can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Boston University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and is home to the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security. "The mission of the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS) is to promote and coordinate research and education in system reliability and information security by emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach that includes fields as diverse as reliable and secure computations, engineering, economics, ethics, and law."
Cal Poly Pomona has been a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security since 2005. Within the CIS undergraduate program, students can opt for the Information Assurance track and take courses mapped to the new NSA Knowledge Units. "The Center For Information Assurance combines the College of Business and College of Science emphasis on strategic use of information technology, the CIS/CS learn-by-doing approach to using computers, and the MSBA emphasis on information systems audit to further the study of Information Assurance and Forensics." The Center For Information Assurance also hosts an annual Cyber Security & Awareness Fair, which promotes student participation and encourages female prospects to pursue cyber security as a career path.
- Undergraduate - 0-6 units: $1,058.00
- Undergraduate - 6.1 and above: $1,824.00
- Graduate - 0-6 units: $1,302.00
- Graduate - 6.1 and above: $2,246.00
- Non-residents must also pay $248 per unit for out-of-state tuition
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Students pursuing degree programs within Cal Poly Pomona's College of Science may be eligible for the Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service Program or The Boeing Company Computer Science Department Scholarship. Overall, there are a number of scholarship opportunities available to students pursuing degrees within the College of Science in various departments. Information on Research, Scholarships, and Grants available by department can be found here, and information on other scholarships and financial aid university-wide can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Cal Poly Pomona's 4-year program is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. "The Center For Information Assurance is the focal point for Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Activities at Cal Poly Pomona."
California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA
Bachelors in Business Administration with Cyber Security Concentration
Bachelors in Information Systems & Technology with Cyber Security Intelligence Concentration
Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Crime Analysis, Technical Proficiency Cyber Security
Master of Business Administration with Cyber Security Focus
Master of Public Administration with Cyber Security Concentration
National Security Studies program offers Cyber Security concentration
Cyber Security Certificate
The California State University in San Bernardino offers a host of opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students, with a variety of programs of study focused on cyber security. "Business Administration with a Cyber Security concentration was one of the first cyber security tracks in California. We have now expanded to include Criminal Justice, Public Administration, and National Security Studies. The Information and Decisions Sciences (IDS) department has received cyber security grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and other federal and state agencies. These grants allow us to offer full ride scholarships and help make cyber security programs available across disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels."
- Undergraduate Tuition, Resident Student - 0-6 units: $1432.52
- Undergraduate Tuition, Resident Student - 6.010+ units: $2198.52
- Credential Tuition, Resident Student - 0-6 units: $1602.52
- Credential Tuition, Resident Student - 6.010+ units: $2490.52
- PostBach/Graduate Tuition, Resident Students - 0-6 units: $1676.52
- PostBach/Graduate Tuition, Resident Students - 6.010+ units:$2620.52
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: The National Science Foundation CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program is available to eligible CSUSB students pursuing education in cyber security.
Affiliations/Partnerships: CSUSB's 4-year program, offered through CSUSB's Cyber Security Center, is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense. CSUSB also offers an InfoSec Club, and students have a variety of opportunities to participate in events and activities beyond the classroom, such as attending Cyberwatch West or participating in the NICE Challenge Project.
Carnegie Mellon University
Master's in Information Security and Assurance
Master's in Information Security
Master's in Information Technology - Information Security
Master's in Information Technology - Privacy Engineering
Master's in Information Security Policy and Management
Graduate degree programs are offered in information networking, information security, and information technology.
Carnegie Mellon is a premier university for students wishing to pursue graduate-level study in information security or information technology, offering a variety of Master's degree programs with specializations in key areas that position graduates as in-demand professionals in today's IT landscape. "Building on more than two decades of Carnegie Mellon leadership in Information Technology, CyLab is a university-wide initiative that involves over fifty faculty and one hundred graduate students from more than six different departments and schools." Carnegie Mellon University is named a top school for cyber security in the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity.
Cost (Tuition figures are estimated costs for the 2015-2016 academic year. "Please note the below tuition rates are for reference only. The actual tuition rates for each college may vary depending upon the department or program of study."):
- Carnegie Institute of Technology: $42,000 per year
- Information Networking Institute: $42,000 per year
- School of Computer Science: $42,000 per year
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Scholarship for Service programs are available to eligible students.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Carnegie Mellon University is designated by the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (IA)/Cyber Defense (CD). Carnegie Mellon CyLab research center works closely with US-CERT. "As a vital resource in the effort to address cyber vulnerabilities that threaten national and economic security, CyLab is closely affiliated with CERT Coordination Center, a leading, internationally recognized center of internet security expertise."
Colorado Technical University
Colorado Springs, CO; Aurora (Denver area); CO, and Sioux Falls, SD; in addition to online programs and courses
Bachelor's in Cyber Security with concentrations in Computer Systems Security and Information Assurance
Master's in Information Technology - Security Management
Other Information Technology Programs
Students of the Colorado Technical University can choose from a broad range of Information Security programs, including undergraduate programs in Cyber Security with various concentration options. The coursework offered in the Bachelor's in Cyber Security program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the Security+ and Network+ certification exams. Those who wish to pursue graduate-level education may opt for Colorado Technical University's Master's in Information Security program or other Information Technology focal areas. "Colorado Technical University’s Information Systems and Technology degree programs provide an industry-relevant focus on the needs of employers and experienced professionals seeking additional knowledge. Students in our information technology programs include established professionals with focused aspirations and goals as well as motivated career switchers and young aspiring technology professionals." With several campus locations as well as online programs and course options, Colorado Technical University proves a versatile and flexible option for established professionals who wish to advance their expertise, in addition to high school graduates entering college for the first time. GetCollegeCredit.com ranks Colorado Technical University ninth among its Top 10 Universities for Cybersecurity.
- Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security: $325 per credit hour; 186 total program credits; estimated total program cost: $60,450
- Master's in Information Technology - Security Management: $585 per credit hour; 48 total program credits; estimated total program cost: $28,080
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Graduate Project Management Scholarships are offered by the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) for qualified students pursuing higher learning in the field of project management. Colorado Technical University also offers a CTU Patriot Scholarship awarded annually to "fifty eligible wounded service members, their spouses, non-medical attendant or caregiver and dependents." Finally, the Career Education Scholarship Fund (CESF) is dedicated to providing scholarships to full-time students who attend a school owned by Career Education Corporation and have financial need.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Colorado Technical University's Cyber Security curriculum is certified by the Committee on National Security Systems for education standards in computer systems security. Colorado Technical University is designated by the NSA/DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense.
"The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society is dedicated to pursuing research and education to advance information security and privacy throughout society." Dartmouth College's ISTS conducts research into healthcare IT security, information security/privacy education, and network and systems security, and also hosts Dartmouth's annual Securing the eCampus Conference. Additionally, ISTS offers a Secure Information Systems Mentoring and Training course (SISMAT) for students at other schools. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Dartmouth College have the opportunity to take engaging and challenging courses impacting the field of cyber security, such as Security and Privacy and Risks of the Internet of Things to Society.
Annual Cost (Direct Cost - directly-billed charges include tuition, fees, housing, and food):
- Tuition: $48,120
- Fees*: $1,386
- Housing*: $8,553
- Food: $5,685
* First-Year Students have additional room charges and fees of $390. Total first year cost of attendance is $67,434.
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to Dartmouth's Class of 2012 Outcomes Report, 50.19% of 2012 graduates had accepted entry-level employment at the time of the survey (six months post-graduation). A few students reported having accepted an internship (3.94% ). Including students who reported accepting entry-level employment or an internship but failed to note an employer on the survey, a total of 60.6% of 2012 graduates had either accepted entry-level employment or an internship at the time of the survey. Just over five percent (5.07%) of students say they were considering offers at graduation. An additional eight percent (8.06%) of students were either enrolled in graduate or professional school or in an undergraduate/post-bac program.
Scholarships Offered: Dartmouth offers scholarships ranging between $1,000 to more than $50,000 based on need. More information on National Fellowships and Scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students at Dartmouth College can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: In 2008, Dartmouth was designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security and redesignated as such in 2014.
De Montfort University
Master's in Cyber Security
Bachelor's in Computer Security
Forensic Computing for Practitioners MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert
Doctorate in Cyber Security and Software Technology
Master's in Cyber Technology
De Montfort University offers a variety of cyber security-related programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. De Montfort University is home to the Cyber Security Centre, a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues through research, education and training, and consulting services. The Cyber Security Centre engages in research that spans Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) from low TRL to higher levels of readiness for providing new operational capabilities. Students participating in undergraduate and graduate programs in cyber security and technology at De Montfort University gain a holistic view of cyber security and knowledge in the latest principles, tools, and techniques from a team of specialist instructors.
- Undergraduate - UK/EU:
- Full Time: £9,000 per year
- Part-Time - 4-year course: £5,925 per year
- Part-Time - 6-year course: £3,950 per year
- Per Module: £988 per 15 credits
- Undergraduate - International:
- Full Time: £12,250 per year
- Graduate - UK/EU:
- Postgraduate Courses Standard Fees: £9,900 per year
- Postgraduate Placement Year Fee: £650
- Graduate - Overseas:
- Postgraduate Courses Standard Fees: £12,700 per year
- Postgraduate Placement Year Fee: £75
Hiring/Employment Rate: In July 2015, De Montfort University was named among the top 25 universities for graduate employability. "Results from the annual Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey reported that 95.8% of DMU graduates from summer 2014 were in work or further study six months after graduating – above the national average of 93.2%. More than three-quarters were in graduate-level jobs." More statistical data on graduate employability can be found here.
Scholarships Offered: Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students who are studying on a full-time basis. More information on undergraduate funding can be found here. Graduate-level students may be eligible for awards such as the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarships, International Alumni Scholarships, and other international scholarships and early payment discounts.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Cyber Security Centre is "involved in initiatives such as the Campus Cyber Champions and with the Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI), which is operated by the Centre on behalf of a public-private partnership. The CSC also contributes to the development of national and international cyber security standards, and advises the government and other organisations through our membership of a wide variety of groups and professional bodies."
Master's in Computer, Information and Network Security with concentrations including Computer Security, Network Security, and Governance, Risk Mgt & Compliance
Bachelor's in Information Assurance and Security Engineering
Study.com ranks DePaul University as third in its list of the Top Cyber Security Schools and Colleges in the U.S., noting that students can earn DePaul's computer security degree online. DePaul University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs for students interested in the study of information security and cyber security. In the BS in Information Assurance and Security Engineering program, offered through the College of Computing and Digital Media, students "learn to design, implement, integrate and manage various security infrastructure components through hands-on activities in our state-of the-art Information Assurance and Security Laboratory. The lab environment includes multi-vendor firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, intrusion detection and prevention systems, routers, switches, security scanners and event correlation systems." Whether you're pursuing undergraduate or graduate education, DePaul University offers a program designed to prepare you for success in the fast-growing field of information security.
- Undergraduate Division - Part-time, per hour (1-11 credit hours; and any hrs OVER 18 credit hrs): $585 per credit hour
- Undergraduate Division - Full-time Annual Package Rate 12-18 credit hours: $35,680.00
- Graduate and Professional Division - Full- and Part-Time, per credit hour: $800.00
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to DePaul's Career Outcomes 2016 report, the Undergraduate Career Outcome Rate is 93% (81% employed, 11% continuing education, 8% seeking, and 1% not seeking). The Graduate Career Outcomes Rate is 94% (90% employed, 3% continuing education, 6% seeking, 1% not seeking).
Scholarships Offered: DePaul University offers a variety of scholarship opportunities, including the $17,000 Presidential Scholarship, which is awarded to a select number of the most academically qualified students, the Dean's Scholarship, with awards between $14,000 and $14,500, awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional levels of achievement, the DePaul Scholars' Award in the amount of $12,500 to $13,500, awarded to students who have strong academic credentials and have performed above average compared to others in DePaul's applicant pool, the St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship in the amount of $5,500 to $11,000, awarded to students who have performed well in high school and have strong academic credentials, a variety of Service and Leadership Scholarships, and scholarships for transfer students, adult students, and graduate students. More information on DePaul's many scholarship opportunities can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: DePaul University is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA/DHS.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Radboud University (RU) offer a Master's track or specialization in cyber security, a successor to the earlier Kerckhoffs Master, which was a joint Master between RU, TU/e, and University of Twente (UT). Courses are led by taught by the Digital Security (DS) research group at the Radboud University and EI/PSI at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Students spend, on average, one day per week taking courses at the partner university. The Eindhoven Institute for the Protection of Systems and Information (EI/PSI) at Eindhoven University of Technology consists of two groups: the Security Group and the Coding Theory and Cryptology Group, both of which offer rich opportunities for students.
- Nationals of EU member states or Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Suriname OR Nationals of other states with residence permits entitling them to student grants: € 1,951 (statutory rate)
- Bachelor's degree students who do not meet nationality requirements: € 8,678 (Bachelor's degree student ‘high’ institute rate)
- Master's degree students who do not meet nationality requirements: € 13,561 (Master's degree student ‘high’ institute rate)
- Full tuition and fees breakdown here
Hiring/Employment Rate: After graduation, students with degrees from Eindhoven University of Technology have a variety of career options to choose from, including roles such as information services manager, information services engineer, and cryptologist, among others. While we were unable to locate specific statistics on graduate employment rates, Eindhoven University's careers page explains, "TU/e graduates often grow into leading positions in their later careers. They may become directors in industry. Increasingly, many graduates become independent entrepreneurs. TU/e alumni are to be found in national politics, in the management ranks of research organizations, and in the management teams of top Dutch companies."
Scholarships Offered: There are few scholarships open to international students pursuing undergraduate study. However, graduate students may apply for a number of scholarships, such as the Amandus H. Lundqvist Scholarship Program (ALSP), which offers tuition and fees waivers or contributions to living costs, the Holland Scholarship, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences, and other scholarships. More information on scholarship and grant funding options for students can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Eindhoven Institute for the Protection of Systems and Information (EI/PSI) participates in the security activity of NIRICT, the Netherlands Institute for Research on ICT. Research projects conducted by the Security Group, one of the two groups operating under EI/PSI, are financed by a variety of international and national organizations.
Master's in Computer Science, Information Security Track
The Information Security Master Track at ETH Zurich is one specialization track offered under the Computer Science Master program. The Information Security Master Track is a "broad-spectrum security program that provides in-depth knowledge of relevant security issues in computer systems, networks, and their applications. The program offers numerous security-related courses covering topics including cryptography, formal methods, system security, wireless network security, and security protocols." The program and its students benefit from a close collaboration with the Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC), which first began its operation in September 2003 with the goal of "bringing together academia and industry to carry out research and education in information security." ZISC is currently undergoing expansion thanks to a donation of five million Swiss francs by Zürcher Kantonalbank to the ETH Zurich Foundation.
- CHF 580 per semester (Swiss and Non-Swiss students alike)
- More information on tuition and fees here
Hiring/Employment Rate: Typical application domains and potential employers for graduates of the Information Security Master Track program include banking and financial services, government and military institutions, telecommunications and Internet providers, educational institutions, cloud service providers, technology development and research, IT consulting, and more. According to the ETH Zurich Employment Statistics 2008 report (the most recent data we could find, although the report states that data is collected annually), "Two to three months after graduation, 88.4% of the responding graduates have found a job or have prospects of finding one (including doctoral positions). Some of the respondents (5.2%) have not yet started to look for a job. 6.4% were unsuccessful in finding a job." The 6.4% of students who were unsuccessful in their job searches represents a slightly higher figure than those who reported difficulty securing employment in 2007.
Scholarships Offered: ETH Zurich offers two scholarship opportunities for students pursuing Master's degree programs, including the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Program and the Master Scholarship Program. The Excellence Scholarship includes a grant for living and study expenses (CHF 11,000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver, while the Master Scholarship consists of a partial stipend for living and study expenses (CHF 6,000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver. Additionally, the Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) awards scholarships for postgraduate studies to foreign students with a university degree.
Affiliations/Partnerships: In the Fall of 2011, ZISC was restructured with new partners, including armasuisse, Credit Suisse, Kaba, NEC, and Zürcher Kantonalbank. ETH Zurich also partners with selected international university alliances with goals in line with those of ETH Zurich, including IARU – International Alliance of Research Universities, IDEA League, ISCN - International Sustainable Campus Network, GULF – Global University Leaders Forum, GlobalTech – Global Alliance of Technological Universities, and UNITECH International. ETH Zurich is also a member of several national and international organizations and networks.
"The Center for Cryptology and Information Security (CCIS) is dedicated to original, cutting-edge research in cryptology and information security. The center is also dedicated to education and training of research students and information technology professionals. The center seeks and promotes collaboration with information technology industries of our region, and with federal and state government departments in the areas of information security. CCIS was established in the Fall of 2003 as a FAU College of Science center with funding provided by a Federal Earmark, and is by now founded on the unique strengths of cryptology and information security specialists in four different colleges of FAU."
- Undergraduate: $5,432 per year
- Graduate: $7,392 per year
Cost - Non-Florida Residents:
- Undergraduate: $19,432 per year
- Graduate: $20,496 per year
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the Employment and Educational Outcomes for FAU graduates report, 75.82% of graduates from the 2013-2014 academic year were employed or enrolled in an educational program full-time one year post graduation, and 68.09% earned $25,000 or more in that year. The median wage for these graduates one year post graduation was $36,500.
Scholarships Offered: "FAU's Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers numerous scholarships for incoming freshman and transfer students. Additional scholarships are available through the FAU Alumni Association and through academic colleges." Scholarships include the $24,000 FAU Presidential Scholarship, the $20,000 Spirit of FAU Scholarship, the $12,000 Elite Owl Scholarship, and others. More information on scholarship opportunities available to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and international students can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: FAU's Center for Cryptology and Information Security is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research by NSA/DHS.
The Florida Institute of Technology offers two graduate-level options for students wishing to pursue Master's-level education in cyber security. "Gain a combination of business and technology knowledge along with industry-specific cybersecurity expertise, enabling you to lead a team or entire department to success. You’ll learn how to evaluate security levels within an enterprise and make improvements, while also implementing risk management and maintaining operations continuity." An interdisciplinary, flexible curriculum coupled with experienced faculty and high-tech facilities make the Florida Institute of Technology an excellent choice for students seeking graduate-level study opportunities in cyber security or information assurance.
- Graduate Tuition - Melbourne Campus: $1,205/credit hour
- Florida Tech University Online (other graduate programs): $777/credit hour
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: The Women in Defense Scholarship is open to female, Florida residents who are pursuing a degree in national security, defense, or STEM careers with a demonstrated financial need. More information on grants and scholarships available to Florida Institute of Technology students is available here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Harris Institute for Assured Information is an "interdisciplinary center that focuses on high-risk disruptive work aimed at helping us trust the information that we so often rely on. Founded in 2009 by a grant from Harris Corporation, the Harris Institute brings together computer science, psychology, business and biology to carry out cutting-edge research in computer security. Our goal is lofty: to change the way we think about the information that flows around us, and to help drive a fundamental shift in how we protect it." The Florida Institute of Technology is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the NSA/DHS.
According to a CSO article, "Fordham University's School of Professional and Continuing Studies in New York offers a 10-course 30-credit Masters in Cybersecurity program with specialty courses including Wireless Security, Forensic Computing, Intrusion Detection and Network Forensics, Malware Analytics and Software Security, Incidence Response and Risk Management, and others." According to its website, the program's goal is to "ready you for the job market in 12 months." The degree program is designed "for working professionals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, information science, or information technology."
- Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: $1,421 per credit
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to Fordham University's 2009 Placement Report, 68% of the undergraduate class were employed at the time of the survey. We were unable to locate specific data related to graduate employment rates among graduates of Fordham University's Master's degree in Cyber Security. As noted above, the degree program is designed for professionals already employed in the field who are seeking to expand their knowledge.
Scholarships Offered: Fordham University offers a number of scholarship opportunities, although the majority of scholarships are only available to undergraduate students. Additionally, restricted scholarships are available to undergraduate applicants, but these programs have very specific, limiting criteria.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Fordham University hosts the International Conference on Cyber Security with the FBI.
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA; Arlington, VA
Master's in Management of Secure Information Systems
George Mason University is among 12 schools named in the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity report. It's also ranked fouth in Study.com's Top U.S. Cyber Programs, which notes that "GMU was ranked #10 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of Up-and-Coming Schools." GetCollegeCredit.com also ranks GMU fourth in its Top 10 Universities for Cybersecurity. The Center for Secure Information Systems was established in 1990 and has the distinction of being the first academic center in security at a U.S. university.
- $1,378 per credit hour
- Total program cost of $49,608
Hiring/Employment Rate: StartClass reports that the high post-graduation median salary for GMU graduates is $49,100. Graduates of GMU's Managment and Information Systems (MIS) program benefit from an average starting salary of $64,500. However, we were unable to find specific data regarding Master's-level graduate salary rates or employment data for undergraduate or graduate program alumni.
Scholarships Offered: Graduate fellowships are an option for students pursuing a Master's degree at George Mason University. While some internal scholarships are offered, most are designed for incoming freshmen and/or undergraduate students. GMU maintains a helpful list of outside scholarships for students to evaluate and get information on potential scholarship opportunities for which they'd meet eligibility requirements.
Affiliations/Partnerships: "Sponsored by George Mason University's MS in Management of Secure Information Systems, the Cyber Security Innovation Forum is a regular event that brings cyber security experts and technology innovators to campus to speak on a variety of information security topics. The events focus on cybersecurity innovations that address current and evolving challenges and have a real and measurable impact." GMU also hosts an annual Cybersecurity Conference. Additionally, GMU is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the NSA/DHS.
George Washington University
Master's in Cybersecurity in Computer Science
Master's in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management
Master's in Cybersecurity
Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance
Master's in National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law
"George Washington University in Washington DC offers the 30-credit Master of Science in Cybersecurity. Courses include Applied Cryptography, Network Security, Software Security, Information Policy, Wireless and Mobile Security, E-Commerce Security, Internet and Online Law for Security Managers, and others," according to an article in CSO. Home to the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute and the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, graduate students opting to pursue a Master's degree at George Washington University can choose from several specialized degree programs and have access to some of the leading educational resource centers in the U.S.
Cost (fees listed are per credit hour):
- Security & Safety Leadership (Arlington, Virginia Science & Technology Campus): $780
- Security & Safety Leadership (Hampton Roads): $650
- Security & Safety Leadership (online): $925
- Strategic Cyber Operations & Information Management (Arlington, Virginia Science & Technology Campus): $780
- Strategic Cyber Operations & Information Management (online): $925
- General Graduate Tuition, per credit hour: $1,530
Hiring/Employment Rate: Among the GWSB Class of 2014 Global MBA graduates, 85% had accepted offers among those seeking employment, according to GWSB's Employment Statistics data. Among U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the mean base salary for accepted positions is $89,260.
Scholarships Offered: The GW CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service award covers 100% of award recipients' tuition and fees. "Each fall, approximately a dozen students pursue their bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees with federal funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. These grants are part of GW's Partnership in Securing Cyberspace through Education and Service (PISCES) program."
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute hosts and/or participates in a number of events in the cyber security field, such as the National CyberWatch Mid-Atlantic CCDC. "The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at the George Washington University is a nonpartisan 'think and do' tank whose mission is to carry out policy-relevant research and analysis on homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity issues. By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia, CCHS develops innovative strategies to address and confront current and future threats."
The Georgia Institute of Technology offers a Master's degree in Information Security as well as a Cyber Security Certificate, providing "both technical and strategic knowledge to help you fully leverage innovations while moving your organization from a reactive to a predictive approach to risk mitigation." A number of other Defense Technology Certificates are available to students wishing to obtain specialized expertise in areas related to defense technology. The Georgia Institute of Technology has a Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research Laboratory (CIPHER) and is home to the Georgia Tech Institute for Information Security & Privacy. The Georgia Institute of Technology also hosts the annual Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit. The Georgia Tech Cyber Security team protects Georgia Tech users and resources from potential attacks. According to the Georgia Institute of Technology's Rankings, Facts, and Figures data, Tech.Co ranks Georgia Tech as the #1 "Public university that produces the best-equipped graduates to make an impact in the world of technology." Tech is also ranked among the top 25 "Colleges that can land a 6-figure career without graduate school" by MONEY magazine."
Cost (per semester):
- Undergraduate, in-state - 6 credit hours or less: $2,916
- Undergraduate, in-state - more than 6 credit hours: $4,906
- Undergraduate, out-of-state - 6 credit hours or less: $8,903
- Undergraduate, out-of-state - more than 6 credit hours: $15,002
- Tuition rates not listed for the Master's in Information Security program
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to Georgia Institute of Technology's Spring 2014 Career and Salary Survey Results, "The percentage of job-seeking Georgia Tech BS recipients who reported having a job at graduation in Spring 2014 was 67.9%, up solidly from a low of 53.3% in Spring 2010...Median reported salaries for Georgia Tech graduates have steadily increased to $64,000 for BS recipients in Spring 2014 from the market low of $55,000 in Spring 2011."
Scholarships Offered: The Georgia Institute of Technology offers a variety of in-house scholarship opportunities, which are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, and major field of study. The Stamps President's Scholarship Program, Provost's Scholarship, and The G. Wayne Clough Georgia Tech Promise Program are just a few awards for which students may be eligible.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Georgia Institute of Technology is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research by the NSA/DHS. Georgia Tech is also home to the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Tech's primary business outreach organization.
The Computing Master's program at Imperial College London is designed for students who have studied a considerable amount of computing and offers a specialization in Secure Software Systems. The program specializes in "the processes and mechanisms by which computer-based equipment, information and services are protected from unintended or unauthorized access." Imperial College London is the home of the Institute for Security Science and Technology, founded in 2008 as one of four Imperial College Global Institutes" formed to promote interdisciplinary working to meet the greatest challenges faced by society, to become a focal point for multidisciplinary activities and an interface to stakeholders, and to formulate and apply new areas of knowledge and technology solutions as well as providing independent scientific advice." Research projects include cyber security and data analytics, physical security and critical infrastructure, and environment, health, and CBRN security.
- Entry Cohort:
- Full-Time: £ 28,200
- Part-Time: By Modules
- Part-Time MSc Computing for Industry module (all cohorts):
- Part-Time MSc Computing for Industry project (all modules):
Hiring/Employment Rate: Imperial College London conducts its Destinations of Leavers from Higher Educations Survey (DLHE) annually to determine what graduates have moved on to six months following graduation. Among 2014 graduates of the Master's in Computing program, 82% had entered employment at the time the survey was conducted, 13% had entered further study or training, and 5% reported that they were not available for employment, study, or training. Zero percent of respondents reported that they were presently seeking employment. More information on data from postgraduates can be found here.
Scholarships Offered: Imperial College London offers a variety of scholarships to support postgraduate students, which can be searched based on criteria such as degree level, department, other metrics, and keywords here. For overseas students, scholarships available to students in the Master's of Computing program include Imperial Marshall Scholarships, Santander Master's Scholarships, The Leonard Chow Engineering Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarships, and others offering awards ranging from stipends and partial tuition to full scholarships including tuition, fees, and stipend. Santander Master's Scholarships are also open to students with a Home/EU fee status (students who are U.K. or EU nationals and have lived their whole lives in the EEA or Switzerland).
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Institute for Security Science and Technology interfaces with a wide range of public and private sector end users and guides the College's contribution to international security science and technology policy aiming to generate solutions of value to the wider population. Imperial College London is Designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ.
M.S. in Secure ComputingMS in Cybersecurity Risk ManagementDual Degree in Secure Computing and the Russian and East European InstitutePh.D. in Computer Science With a minor in Security InformaticsPh.D. in Informatics with a Security Informatics trackM.S. in Computer Science with a Security Informatics Minor
Students at Indiana University's Bloomington campus can choose from several cybersecurity programs of study, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Indiana University is home to the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and hosts an annual Cybersecurity Summit. According to CSO, "Indiana University in Bloomington offers the 36-credit Masters of Science in Security Informatics, which is an interdisciplinary focus that combines coursework in mathematics, protocol analysis, and system and network security, with business and economics, social engineering, human-computer interaction, and other disciplines. In addition, MSSI students choose a concentration in financial risk, computer science, criminal justice, or security education."
- Undergraduates - Indiana residents - 12-18 credit hours: $4,543.40/term
- Undergraduates - Out-of-State: $16,219.75/term
- Undergraduates - Fewer than 12 credit hours - Indiana residents: $283.92/credit hour
- Undergraduates - Fewer than 12 credit hours - Out-of-State: $1,013.74/credit hour
- Graduate - Informatics and Computing - Indiana residents: $395.10/credit hour
- Graduate - Informatics and Computing - Out-of-State: $1,236.41/credit hour
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering offers several scholarships including the Cecil (Corky) Richmond Scholarship (up to $2,500), Direct Admit Scholarships, Telamon Diversity Scholarship (up to $2,500), and School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Scholarship (CHIP) (up to $1,000), among others. More information on these and other scholarship opportunities for students pursuing study within the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: "The National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have issued renewals of IU’s designations as both a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education and a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research through academic year 2021."
Iowa State University is named second among Study.com's List of Top Cyber Security Schools and Colleges in the U.S., which points out that "ISU's Information Assurance Center was one of the first seven to be certified by the NSA." Additionally, Study.com notes that "U.S. News and World Report ranked Iowa State University tied for 106th in their Best Colleges of 2015 publication. The Princeton Review called Iowa State University one of the best Midwest schools in 2015. In addition to computer science degrees, Iowa State University's Department of Computer Science also offers programs in information assurance. The information assurance program is geared towards graduate students, but undergraduate students can take several of these upper-division classes. Iowa State University's information assurance program includes courses in information warfare; cryptography and steganography; information system security; advanced protocols; network security and forensics and legal issues in information assurance."
Students can take an active role in participation by joining the Information Assurance Student Group, by attending the many workshops and presentations ISU's faculty are involved in throughout the year, or by getting involved in the Power Infrastructure Cybersecurity Laboratory. The Power Infrastructure Cybersecurity Laboratory's research focus is a "cyber-physical systems framework for risk modeling and mitigation of cyber attacks on the power grid that accounts for dynamics of the physical system, as well as the operational aspects of the cyber-based control network."
ISU's Master's in Information Assurance is offered online or on campus, and while the Information Assurance program is primarily focused on graduate students, undergraduate students with an interest in this field of study have the option of taking several of the information assurance courses and applying them to their undergraduate degree. A Ph.D. in a home department (Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Math) with a focus on Information Assurance is also an option for students pursuing advanced graduate study.
Cost per semester:
- Undergraduate - most majors - resident: $3,424
- Undergraduate - most majors - non-resident: $9,884
- Graduate - most majors - resident: $4,065
- Graduate - most majors - non-resident: $10,527
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to Iowa State University's 2013-2014 Post-Graduation Career Outcomes Statistics report, 100% of in-state Master's recipients who responded (90% response rate) reported being employed at six months post-graduation. Among out-of-state Master's recipients, 75% (with a 100% response rate) reported being employed at six months post-graduation. Among international students who received a Master's degree from the ISU College of Business, 68.8% report an employed status (69.6% response rate). Overall, 85.1% of Master's recipients responded to the survey, and 91.9% of all Master's recipients report being employed at six months post-graduation. Placement statistics from previous years can be found here.
Scholarships Offered: Scholarship opportunities for Iowa State University students fall into four categories: Office of Student Financial Aid (FinAidScholar), College/Department, Other University awards, and Privately Funded. The College of Business offers a multitude of scholarship opportunities, and Iowa State University has received funding from the National Science Foundation Scholarships for Service program to support students working in information assurance, used for the ISU's CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Iowa State University is home to the Information Systems Security Laboratory (ISSL), which is "a security training, testing, and outreach laboratory created to support business and industry in Iowa, as well as across the Midwest region" and is a partnership between ISU’s Information Assurance Center (IAC), the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the College of Engineering. ISU is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education and Research by the NSA/DHS.
Johns Hopkins University
Graduate Programs and Certificates
Master of Science in Cybersecurity with Analysis, Networks, and Systems tracks
Cybersecurity concentrations within the Systems Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Systems Engineering programs
Johns Hopkins University is ranked #1 among Study.com's List of Top Information Security Schools and Colleges in the U.S., which points out that JHU's Information Security Institute is the main area of study for cyber security research and education at Johns Hopkins. According to Study.com, "The Information Security Institute at JHU offers a Master of Science in Security Informatics degree program. The programs offers two track course requirements in Technology & Research and Policy & Management. A Ph.D. program, with research areas in Crytography & Privacy and Health and Medical Security, is also available in addition to scholarships in an Information Security Institute Fellowship and an Information Security Institute Fellowship for Veterans." Johns Hopkins also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security (STIS). "With full- and part-time opportunities, evening and weekend classes at campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, and online, we provide degree and certificate programs designed to meet your personal needs and professional goals," according to Cybersecurity at Johns Hopkins University.
- Graduate - School of Engineering: $48,710 per year
- View tuition information for undergraduate students and other areas of study here
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the Johns Hopkins University Facts 2012-13 report, among Spring 2012 seniors in Arts & Sciences, and Engineering, 37% planned to attend graduate or professional school. The report cites an employment rate among this same sample of 41%, with an 84% alumni satisfaction rate.
Scholarships Offered: Johns Hopkins University received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support the graduate degree program in teaching students how to recognize and protect against threats, a part of the national CyberCorps Scholarships program.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Johns Hopkins University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the NSA/DHS. JHU's Information Security Institute is one of the first university research centers dedicated to information security and serves as the University’s focal point for research and education in information security, assurance and privacy. JHUISI explains, "Through our broad range of educational opportunities including a ground-breaking graduate program and leading edge research in foundational science and applied technologies, JHUISI is having a significant impact in the region and nationwide. Our research in networking, wireless, systems evaluation, medical privacy and electronic voting, among other areas, is widely circulated among academics and policy-makers. Moreover, JHUISI is instrumental in homeland security efforts across Hopkins, including emergency health preparedness, bio-terrorism and national defense." The Whiting School of Engineering has several industry partnerships, including Sponsored Research, Student Design Projects, an Industrial Affiliates Program, and others.
Kansas State University offers a Cyber Defense Club for students. The Center for Information and Systems Assurance, is the home of cyber security research projects and associated educational and outreach programs at KSU. Kansas State University offers two Master's program options for students interested in pursuing advanced studies in the cyber security realm, and undergraduate students can opt for the Bachelor's in Computer Science program to build a foundation in computer science prior to pursuing graduate studies. Cyber security-related programs at KSU are offered through the College of Engineering, which "offers online degree programs, certificates, minors, and professional development for engineers across the nation and throughout the world. Graduate-level degree programs are designed for engineers with bachelor’s degrees who are seeking an online master’s degree in chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, nuclear or software engineering, engineering management, or operations research."
Cost (fees listed are per credit hour, at the Salina campus, unless otherwise noted):
- Tuition and Fee Schedules for all campuses can be found here
- Undergraduate - Resident: $268.80
- Undergraduate - Non-resident: $713.60
- Graduate - Resident: $380.80
- Graduate - Non-resident: $859.40
Hiring/Employment Rate: Kansas State University's Career Center is an excellent source of information related to employment opportunities and statistics about employment for prior graduates. According to the most recent Post-Graduation Statistics report available at the time of this writing, 73% of Bachelor's degree recipients (graduation dates 8/13, 12/13, and 5/14) reported their status as employed at the time of the survey. Another 18% reported pursuing graduate or professional education, while 3% reported pursuing some type of other education. Four percent of respondents said they were currently seeking employment. The most recent report available for Master's recipient data indicates that 85% of survey respondents who received a Master's degree reported being employed at the time of the survey, while 10% reported pursuing graduate or professional education. Three percent reported their status as "seeking employment."
Scholarships Offered: Kansas State University has some general undergraduate scholarships available to eligible students. Students applying to the College of Engineering also have several scholarship options including the Putnam Scholarship, Foundation Plus and Foundation Scholarships, and Leadership, Medallion, and Fairchild Scholarships, all available to eligible high school seniors applying for admission. Continuing students may be able to take advantage of renewable scholarships or programs such as the Engineering Leadership Scholarship.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Kansas State University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research by the NSA/DHS. Kansas State University partners with several organizations and agencies including the Advanced Manufacturing Institute, the Biotechnology Research Institute, K-State Research Foundation, and Institute for Commercialization, among other technology licensing partnerships and research facilities.
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA and Marietta, GA, as well as Online
Bachelor's in Information Security Assurance
Undergraduate Certificate in Information Security Assurance
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Security
Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Assurance - Stand-Alone and Embedded
Kennesaw State University is the home of the Center for Information Security Education, which publishes the Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice (JCERP) (ISEJ) and is the regional host for the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and host of the Conference on Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice (CCERP). The Center for Information Security also celebrates Cyber Security Awareness Day annually as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Kennesaw State University is ranked sixth among Study.com's Top Information Security Schools and Colleges in the U.S. In addition to its Bachelor's in Information Security and Assurance program, Kennesaw State University offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Information Security and Assurance, which is noted as adult learner-friendly, and two graduate-level certificates in information security disciplines. Finally, Kennesaw offers the Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains course, a massive open online course (MOOC) available to anyone, even those without prior IT security experience.
Cost (fees include both credit hour fee + student fees):
- Undergraduate - In-state: Scaled fees vary by # of credit hours; full fee schedule here
- 6 credit hours: $1,384.99
- 12 credit hours: $3,130.96
- 15 credit hours: $3,663.00
- Undergraduate - Non-resident (same fee schedule as linked above)
- 6 credit hours: $4,758.22
- 12 credit hours: $8,513.44
- 15 credit hours: $10,391.00
- Undergraduate - e-Tuition: Scaled fees vary by # of credit hours; full fee schedule here
- 6 credit hours: $2,018.98
- 12 credit hours: $3,682.96
- 15 credit hours: $4,515.00
- Graduate - e-Tuition (same fee schedule as linked above):
- 6 credit hours: $2,395.00
- 12 credit hours: $5,243.00
- Graduate - In-state: Scaled fees vary by # of credit hours; full fee schedule here
- 6 credit hours: $2,701.00
- 12 credit hours: $4,391.00
- Graduate - Non-resident (same fee schedule as linked above)
- 6 credit hours: $7,123.00
- 12 credit hours: $13,236.00
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Kennesaw State University offers both need-based and merit-based scholarships for incoming freshmen, currently enrolled students, and transfer students. Staff Senate Scholarships are available to KSU employees who are enrolled in accredited courses within the University System of Georgia, and KSU Foundation Scholarships are established by private donors and awarded based on academic achievement and/or financial need. More information on Kennsaw State University scholarship opportunities can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: "The CISE has a concerted program to engage peer institutions in partnership efforts. The standard partnership agreements specifically indicate an agreement to share curriculum, faculty knowledge and work toward reciprocity of upper division credits - beyond that of the current University System of Georgia standards." To date, nine institutions have signed on as Academic Alliance partners, which are listed here. The CISE also seeks out industry partnerships and currently is partnered with Security Executive Council and Sun Trust Bank. Kennesaw State University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA/DHS.
A full-time, 12-month graduate program, Lancaster University's Master's in Cyber Security program prepares students to work within the IT security profession, combining technical skills with other disciplines such as economics, risk management, psychology, and social science. "The technical modules within the degree offer the skills and knowledge required to enable students to obtain the industrially recognised professional qualifications of CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator)." Security Lancaster is Lancaster University's security research hub, serving as a research and education center for security studies including cyber security, data exfiltration, investigative expertise, and security futures.
Cost (for the MSc Cyber Security program specifically):
- UK/EU: £8,497
- Overseas: £17,880
- UK/EU: £4,249
- Overseas: N/A
- Tuition and fees information for all programs here
Hiring/Employment Rate: Lancaster University is "frequently singled out for its high levels of graduate employment; an above-average proportion of students get graduate-level jobs (78%) and Lancaster's unemployment rate is low. Lancaster graduates are performing well in what is an increasingly competitive job market." In 2010, The Guardian also reported that Lancaster University's employment rate is above 90% among a sample of 1,560 students.
Scholarships Offered: Lancaster University awards £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to 400 students annually. The Academic Scholarship is available to U.K. and Islands students studying full-time, while the Access Scholarship is awarded to U.K. students who meet income guidelines. The Excellence Scholarship is awarded to those with outstanding academic profiles. "All students from the UK, with a household income of less than £42,600, will be awarded a Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 for each year of their studies." EU international students may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Lancaster University is designated as an EPSRC-GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. Security Lancaster engages and collaborates with companies from a range of sectors and governments, delivering "use-inspired and pure research alongside cutting edge education that delivers real impact."
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
None focused specifically on Cyber Security or Information Security, but the research opportunities for students interested in this field are exceptional.
MIT is named as a Best Online Cyber Security Degree Program by Security Degree Hub, which describes MIT as, "Many people liken this college’s degree program to an apprenticeship because you will often be doing sponsored work and working under a specialist that will help you solve real security problems. While many businesses will ask the college for help like with the Carnegie Mellon University, most students will be working in labs or on internships to increase their likelihood of being hired once they obtain the degree. One interesting thing about this college is that you will have limited access to the Department of Defense’s networking library, which gives you a rare look into the workings of the nation’s security network." MIT's Lincoln Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center, focused on applying advanced technology to problems of national security. In March 2015, MIT announced three new cybersecurity initiatives, which will "address the problem of cybersecurity from three angles: technology, public policy, and organizational management."
The Cybersecurity at MIT program includes these three new cybersecurity initiatives: MIT Cybersecurity and Internet Policy Initiative, Cybersecurity@CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory), and Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure in Cybersecurity (IC)3. Lincoln Laboratory conducts R&D for cyber analysis, architecture engineering, cyber protection prototyping, and testing. While MIT doesn't offer a specific program of study focused on cyber security or information security, students pursuing broader degree programs, such as Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, can easily set themselves apart by taking an active role in the research opportunities available through Cybersecurity at MIT. Several courses are available with an emphasis on cyber security as well, such as Cybersecurity: Technology, Application and Policy, Applied Cybersecurity, and more.
- Full-Time (undergraduate and graduate students): $23,200 per session (semester)
- Per unit charge: $725
- Other tuition and fees information here
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to 2015 MIT Facts, "Twenty-one percent of 2014 bachelor's degree graduates found jobs through on-campus recruiting and MIT-sponsored job listings." Nineteen percent of Bachelor's degree recipients had internships that led to job offers, and another 19% found employment through a career fair. Eighteen percent found employment through networking venues, "including MIT faculty and administrators, GECD contacts, and professional conferences." Eighty percent of Master's degree recipients entered the work sector, while 12% went on to graduate school. "The top employers for bachelor’s degree recipients were Google, Oracle, McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, Accenture, Amazon, AthenaHealth, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, Palantir, and Shell. The top employers for master’s degree recipients were McKinsey, Amazon, Apple, Bain, Boston Consulting Group, Google, Deloitte, MIT, Microsoft, US Air Force, Goldman Sachs, and US Navy."
Scholarships Offered: While MIT points out that, "56% of undergraduates received MIT Scholarships that averaged $34,551 per student in 2013-2014," little information is readily available on the MIT website regarding specific scholarship opportunities available to eligible students. However, it is noted that any student applying for financial aid and filling out a CSS profile is automatically considered for MIT scholarships.
Affiliations/Partnerships: MIT has industrial partnerships with companies including Amgen, Merck, Ford Motor Company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Dupont, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard. "MIT’s partnerships and exchange programs include the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, MISTI, the Exchange Scholar Program, Cambridge-MIT Institute, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, and other interdisciplinary areas of study and research," and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory also has partnerships with both government agencies and leading technology companies, which you can read more about here.
Mississippi State University
No specific cybersecurity degrees are offered but MSU is widely recognized for its world class research programs. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers relevant security courses such as Information and Computing Security, Computer Crime and Forensics, Network Security and Cryptography, Reverse Engineering of Malware, and Special Topics in Information Assurance. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering also offers a Certificate program in Information Assurance (DOC).
"The Mississippi State University Center for Computer Security Research (CCSR) is dedicated to the scientific exploration of computer vulnerabilities with the objective of improving prevention and detection techniques through our core research areas. We promote computer security education and research." MS State's Security offerings encompass a range of disciplines with students having access to seven research centers including Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Center for Computer Security Research, Critical Infrastructure Protection Center, High Performance Computing Collaboratory, Imaging and Analytical Technologies, Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology, and the National Forensics Training Center. MS State University is ranked third in the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity Report and offers a number of security-focused courses via the Center for Computer Security Research.
Cost (fees listed reflect tuition and fees only; per semester; other costs may apply):
- Undergraduate - Full-Time: $3,751
- Undergraduate - Half-Time: $1,875
- Graduate - Full-Time: $3,751
- Graduate - Half-Time: $2,501
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the most recently available outcomes data from MSU (for the 2012-2013 academic year), "More than 3/4 of our graduates with bachelor’s degrees are either employed or in graduate school within 6 months from graduation." Sixty-four percent of graduates from the James W. Bagley College of Engineering are employed, while 23% are attending graduate or professional school. The total employment rate is 87%.
Scholarships Offered: "The Department of Computer Science and Engineering participates in the College of Engineering scholarship program. All computer science, software engineering and computer engineering majors are eligible to compete for college of engineering scholarships. Information security scholarships (CyberCorps) are sponsored by the government for citizens who want a career as computer security/information assurance professionals employed by the government. One year of government service is required for each year of scholarship."
Affiliations/Partnerships: According to MS State Security, "The security principles of Confidentiality, Availability, and Integrity guide our research in Cyber Defense, and the need for discovering ways to conduct cyber operations guides our other efforts. Mississippi State University has been certified as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education continuously since 2001, as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research continuously since 2008, and was recently certified as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations in 2013."
Naval Postgraduate School
Master of Science in Applied Cyber Operations
Master of Science in Cyber Systems and Operations
Master of Science in Information Strategy and Political Warfare
Master of Science in Information Warfare Systems Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Security Studies
Cyber Security Certificates
The Naval Postgraduate School provides relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of commissioned officers of the Naval Service to enhance the security of the United States. The Naval Postgraduate School offers a wide variety of academic programs relevant to information security and cyber security, including several Master's programs and a Doctor of Philosophy in Security Studies. "In support of the foregoing, and to sustain academic excellence, NPS and the DON foster and encourage a program of relevant and meritorious research which both supports the needs of Navy and Department of Defense while building the intellectual capital of Naval Postgraduate School faculty." Some programs are available as Distance Learning (DL) programs.
Cost: "Mission-funded seats are available to eligible active duty naval officers (USN & USMC). Additional course fees may be required. All others must be sponsored by their Command or Organization. Funds can be transferred to NPS using SF182 with LOA, MIPR, DD-448 or NAVCOMPT 2276-A." Individual program costs may vary; search by academic program here for more program details and costs.
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: According to the Naval Postgraduate School website, "The Naval Postgraduate School offers a number of programs where civilians, who are U.S. citizens, are supported with a full salary, generous government benefits, and full tuition waiver while working towards a Master’s or Doctoral Degree. Upon degree completion these students are required to fulfill an obligated service commitment with the Defense Department or in some programs other federal agencies. These are highly competitive programs that require an outstanding academic record. GRE and/or GMAT scores are required for consideration for admission to any doctoral program. Current government employees are eligible for some of these programs. Any civilian employee of the United States Government is eligible to participate in the programs offered by NPS.
"The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey is proud to offer an exceptional program that enables civilians to obtain a full scholarship for a Master's Degree, receive a salary while in school, and begin a civilian career with an unlimited future. The 'Scholarship for Service' program DOES NOT entail enrollment in the military."
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Naval Postgraduate School is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the NSA/DHS. The Naval Postgraduate School works closely with the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense to craft educational programs that enable graduates to contribute to better national security efforts.
New York University's Master's degree in Cybersecurity is offered online, allowing students to "acquire a solid foundation in key technologies — computer and network security, digital forensics, cryptography, and biometrics. Study with internationally recognized faculty from Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) Laboratory. With industry continuing to place top priority on safeguarding its data and information systems, you become well-prepared for careers in developing security products, as security-application programmers, security analysts, penetration testers, vulnerability analysts and security architects," according to the program's academic information page. New York University's Offensive Security, Incident Response, and Internet Security Lab is a student-run cybersecurity research lab and part of the NYU's Center for Cyber Security.
- Polytechnic School of Engineering Graduate tuition rates - sliding scale per credit hour
- Fees below include tuition + registration and services fees; other fees may apply
- 3 credits: $4,878
- 6 credits: $9,756
- 9 credits: $14,634
- 12 credits: $19,500
- 15 credits: $24,378
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Several scholarships are available through NYU including the ASPIRE Scholarship, available to NYU School of Law students, the INSPIRE Scholarship, available to Ph.D. students, and the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship, among other options available for freshmen, continuing, and transfer students.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Information Systems and Internet Security Lab at NYU is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the NSA/DHS.
The Master's in Computer Security and Resilience program at Newcastle University "combines teaching and research in security and system reliability with human factors, verification and distributed systems," providing students with an integrated view of the various technologies necessary for developing trustworthy systems. With a strong track record for research and development in secure, dependable computing, Newcastle also offers leading international research groups and three research centers focused on various aspects of the computing field, including security and resilience, dependable systems, cybercrime, and cloud computing. The Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security (CCCS), one of the University's four research centers, conducts cyber security research in conjunction with law enforcement and provides education and training for families, businesses, and organizations. Other research centers include the Centre for Software Reliability (CSR) and the Digital Institute (DI).
- Full time: £6,165
- Part time: £3,085
- Full time: £17,080
Hiring/Employment Rate: Graduates of undergraduate programs at Newcastle University have excellent career prospects, with employment rates over 90% across a variety of programs of study, and two-thirds of graduates securing employment within four months of graduation.
Scholarships Offered: Newcastle University offers partial scholarship awards for international students with good academic qualifications to pursue postgraduate degrees. Scholarships vary by country of origin; information on scholarships can be found here. International Family Discounts (IFD) are offered to encourage relatives of current international students to pursue education at Newcastle University. This discount is 10% of the tuition fee per year. Other scholarships available to international students include Fulbright Scholarships, British Marshall Scholarships, and other awards. A 20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount is available to alumni who are self-funding or partially self-funding postgraduate study who meet eligibility criteria.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security at Newcastle is designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ in the U.K. The CCCS holds several events each year to engage with both families and businesses, such as hosting the Threats and Trust in Cyberspace conference in 2011. Focused on the needs of local businesses and the residential community, CCCS aims to make the digital economy safer, an effort supported by the North East Fraud Forum (NEFF).
Students at North Carolina State University can pursue either undergraduate or graduate education in Computer Science, with a security track offered in the Master's program. NC State University is designated by the NSA/DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research, meaning students have the opportunity to participate in research that contributes to securing the global information grid.
- Undergraduate - NC Residents (Full Time): $8,581
- Undergraduate - Out-of-State Residents (Full Time): $24,932
- Graduate - NC Residents
- 0-2 Hours: $1,376.77
- 3-5 Hours: $2,358.27
- 6-8 Hours: $3,735.05
- 9+ Hours: $5,111.94
- Graduate - Out-of-State Residents
- 0-2 Hours: $3,139.15
- 3-5 Hours: $5,883.02
- 6-8 Hours: $9,022.18
- 9+ Hours: $12,161.44
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to NC State's Future Plans Survey Results, 790 students graduated from the College of Engineering in May 2015. With a 58.60% response rate, 79 students reported attending graduate or professional school (17%), 296 had accepted a full-time job (63.9%), and among the 278 respondents who reported salary information, the average starting salary was $62,630.
Scholarships Offered: North Carolina State University provides a number of scholarship opportunities for entering freshmen, including the Park Scholarship Program, General Hugh Shelton Leadership Initiative Scholarship, Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship, and Goodnight Scholars Program. Fellowships, awards, and outside scholarships are also available to graduate students, and the school-based awards are open to students pursuing specific courses of study, such as an academic program within the College of Engineering. Scholarships for transfer students and current students are also offered.
Affiliations/Partnerships: NC State University has been selected by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the first 23 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R).
"In Northeastern’s Master of Science in Information Assurance program, students take courses tailored to their backgrounds. Students with social science and other backgrounds strengthen their technical skills, and those with prior technical experience add to their understanding of the context in which they will apply technology. All students learn about the key issues in information security and how technology can help resolve them." According to Study.com, which names Northeastern University fifth among the Top U.S. Cyber Programs, "The university has received cyber security grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research."
- Undergraduate - Full-Time: $22,310 per term
- Per-credit hour rate: $1,394
- Graduate - College of Computer and Information Science: $1,410 (per credit hour)
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: The NSF Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program and Dean's Scholarship Program are the two primary scholarships available to graduate students pursuing a Master's in Information Assurance at Northeastern University. The NSF Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program offers two scholarships providing full tuition and stipend to qualified students who are U.S. citizens.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Northeastern University is designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, Research, and Cyber Operations by the NSA/DHS.
Norwich University lands third as one of the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity among 193 schools rated. Students in the Computer Science and Information Assurance program choose from two concentration options: Advanced Information Assurance and Digital Forensics. Norwich is one of few schools in which Digital Forensics is available as a concentration option. The program focuses on both theory and hands-on experience, providing a unique program utilizing state-of-the-art forensics tools most students at schools of similar sizes won't have access to. Norwich University holds a week-long GenCyber pre-college program, including Cyber Security and Cyber Defense Camp, which is free for all participants.
- Tuition for Undergraduate Students (per year): $34,124
- Room and board (per year): $12,484
- Technology Fee (per year): $964
- Other fees apply; full fee schedule here
Hiring/Employment Rate: Norwich University's Student Outcomes data includes information about graduation rates and postgraduate plans and reports that 89% of recent graduates entered the job market in a field related to their major in six months.
Scholarships Offered: Norwich University has a number of scholarship opportunities available, including ROTC scholarships, merit scholarships including the Presidential Scholarship, Dean's Scholarship, and Academic Recognition Award, as well as other scholarships for students meeting specific criteria.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The National Security Agency has designated Norwich University one of the Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Norwich University Online maintains partnerships with hundreds of diverse and forward-thinking organizations spanning the globe.
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Bachelor's in Computer Science, Information Technology, or Computer Information Systems
Master's in Information Assurance & Cybersecurity
Nova Southeastern University is named sixth among Study.com's Top U.S. Cyber Programs. With a B.S. in Computer Science program as well as a host of other undergraduate degree options and an Information Assurance/Security Minor, Nova Southeastern University can prepare students to enter the challenging field of information security. Students who wish to pursue advanced study can opt for Nova Southeastern University's Master's program in Information Security.
- Full-Time Program: $26,910/academic year
- Part-Time Program: $897/credit hour
- Master's and Graduate Certificate Programs: $725 per-credit hour
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Nova Southeastern University has more than 100 scholarships available for undergraduate students and more than 140 available awards for graduate students. For students enrolled in a program through the College of Engineering and Computing, the Edward Lieblein Memorial Fund Scholarship (SLME) and Engineering Technology Professional Scholarship are possibilities.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Nova Southeastern University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance & Cyber Defense Education by the NSA/DHS.
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK with various campus locations
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance
MBA with Information Assurance Concentration
Bachelor's in Information Systems, Information Assurance Option
According to GetCollegeCredit.com, which names Oklahoma State University among the Top 10 Universities for Cybersecurity, "The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recognize and approve the Information Assurance program at OSU. They even offer an Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) in cooperation with the DoD." The Center for Telecommunications and Network Security at Oklahoma State University was established in 2002 to serve as the focal point for education and research for information assurance in the OSU system, and OSU's IA courses are mapped to the Committee on National Security Systems certifications. Students may participate in the Information Security and Assurance Club as well as take advantage of research options on campus.
- Undergraduate Resident: $3,888.75 per semester
- Undergraduate Non-resident: $10,488.50 per semester
- Graduate Resident: $196.00 per credit hour
- Graduate Non-resident: $785.75 per credit hour
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Scholarships for incoming freshmen are available for both in-state and out-of-state residents. Among scholarships offered to students pursuing study within a specific academic college, several options are listed for students studying MIS at the Spears School of Business. OSU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid does not administer OSU scholarship programs to graduate/professional level students, but there are a few non-OSU scholarships for which students may be eligible.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Oklahoma State University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the NSA/DHS. OSU's Center for Telecommunications and Network Security is partnered with two educational institutions: Oklahoma State Univeristy, Okmulgee and Langston University.
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA and satellite campus locations, as well as Penn State World Campus
Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Bachelor of Science in Security and Risk Analysis - Information and Cyber Security Option
Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Information Security and Forensics Option
Penn State University's World Campus offers several degree programs for students interested in pursuing cyber security education, including a Bachelor's program and two Master's degree program options. Penn State World Campus is named #1 among The Best Online Bachelor in Information Assurance and Security Degree Programs by The Best Schools, which notes, "Penn State World Campus provides an online 120-credit interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program for cyber-security. With 100-plus years of distance education and more than a decade of online learning experience, Penn State’s Security and Risk Analysis program concentrates on the policies, technologies, and knowledge required to develop protective services for information, people, and other assets."
- Undergraduate - 12 credits or less per semester: $535 per credit
- Undergraduate - 12+ credits per semester (flat rate): $6,506
- Information Sciences - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (Master of Professional Studies): $854–$930 per credit
- Homeland Security – Information Security and Forensics Option (Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security):
- Course prefix CAS: $825 per credit
- Course prefix GEOG: $805 per credit
- Course prefix HLS: $825 per credit
- Course prefix IN SC: $930 per credit
- Course prefix IST: $854 per credit
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Penn State World Campus undergraduate students are eligible for Penn State's Office of Student Aid Scholarships, awarded in annual amounts ranging from $1,500 to $3,200. World Campus Scholarships and the World Campus Student Fund are scholarship opportunities exclusive to Penn State World Campus.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Pennsylvania State University is designated as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the NSA/DHS.
Princeton University does not offer any degrees specifically for cybersecurity, but its undergraduate program in Computer Science offers students the flexibility to design a course of study aligned with their interests and career aspirations beyond a core set of courses, including options for coursework related to cybersecurity. In addition to its undergraduate Computer Science program, Princeton offers Computer Science studies at the graduate level as well as a certificate program for Applications of Computing. Princeton is recognized for its cybersecurity research program, led by the school's Security & Privacy Research Group with affiliations with Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy.
Undergraduate - The estimated cost of attendance for 2016-17 is $63,420 and includes:
- Tuition: $45,150
- Room charge: $8,285
- Board rate: $6,435
- Estimated miscellaneous expenses: $3,550
- Tuition - Regular: $43,450
- SHP Fee: $1,900
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the 2013-2014 Career Services Annual Report, 70.2 percent of the Class of 2014 accepted employment within six months of graduation. More than eighteen percent (18.8%) pursued further education within six months of graduation.
Scholarships Offered: Financial aid awards at Princeton University are awarded solely based on need, not on academic merit, special talents, or athletic ability. "Endowed funds established privately by individuals, corporations, foundations, and friends of the University provide the primary source of scholarship aid, with additional assistance provided by a limited number of annual gifts and grants." Graduate fellowships are also available. More information on scholarship aid for which students may be eligible can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: In October 2015, Princeton University announced, "This week the National Science Foundation announced its research grants for Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC). The NSF singled out three largest, multi-institution awards for special mention. Every one of those has a Principal Investigator who's an alumnus of, or current faculty in, Princeton Computer Science." Princeton University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the NSA/DHS.
Purdue's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) "is currently viewed as one of the world’s leading centers for research and education in areas of information security that are crucial to the protection of critical computing and communication infrastructure. CERIAS is unique among such national centers in its multidisciplinary approach to the problems, ranging from purely technical issues (e.g., intrusion detection, network security, etc) to ethical, legal, educational, communicational, linguistic, and economic issues, and the subtle interactions and dependencies among them." There are currently three different approaches to graduate studies in InfoSec at Purdue University, including interdisciplinary graduate specialization, both Masters’ and Ph.D., a standard MS in one of the involved departments, with a focus on infosec topics, or a PhD course of study in one of the involved departments, with a dissertation topic in infosec. Purdue is ranked sixth among the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity.
- Flat rate graduate - 8 credit hours or more: $4,603.90
- Non-resident tuition: $9,401.00
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to Purdue University's Computer Science Department, "For the May 2014 graduating class, the average starting salary for a CS undergrad was $72,796, and the higher end of salaries was $105,000. Computer Science graduates had the third highest salary of all graduating students at Purdue for May 2014, right behind Pharmacy (average was $114,276) and Computer Engineering (average $76,306). More than 90 percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school within one year of finishing their Purdue degree."
Scholarships Offered: Funding Financial Information for graduate students pursuing education at Pursue University can be found here, including links to information on graduate fellowships and other funding sources. Pudue's National and International Scholarships Office (NISO) coordinates scholarship awards, but these opportunities are limited to undergraduate students.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security partners with a wide variety of entities, including corporate partners, strategic partners, Purdue campus partners, and donors. Purdue is recognized by the NSA/DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research.
The Master's in Cyber Security program at Queen's University Belfast aims to develop industry leaders and address the shortage of cyber security professionals that exists globally. "The MSc offers students a syllabus informed by the world-class research in the areas of data, network, media and physical security, being undertaken at Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)." CSIT is the largest university research lab in the U.K. in the field. CSIT hosts the annual Global Cybersecurity Technology Research Summit, focused on scaling new developments in cybersecurity.
- Home/EU Fees: £5,060
- International Fees: £17,240
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the Queen's University Belfast website, "The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 ranks Queen's 26th for graduate prospects and 94 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation. The University is ranked 26th in the UK for graduate employment, which helps to explain why Queen's graduates play a leading role in the senior management of 80 of Northern Ireland's top companies."
Scholarships Offered: Scholarships, internships, and work placement opportunities are open to students enrolled in the MSc in Cyber Security program through the Work Placements and Scholarships Programme. Home/EU students are eligible for £2,500 Scholarships. The University has also announced £1m of International Scholarships. Interested students can learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. There is also a CIST Scholarship awarded to one graduating student which covers fees and a paid summer internship at CIST.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Centre for Security Information Technologies (CSIT) has received a grant for a £38 million, 5-year expansion program from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK. "The centre will build on its industry and academic partnerships worldwide, increasing the projected level of investment in its research to £38 million in the next five years. CSIT will use this investment to drive forward its own research programmes, support the creation of more businesses and jobs, and provide skills and training for the UK cyber security industry, including the creation of a nine-month pre-accelerator program for cyber security entrepreneurs." Rapidly developing a reputation as a global innovation hub for cyber security, CSIT engages with leading companies such as Infosys, Cisco, IBM, Thales, BAE Systems, McAfee, Roke, and Altera. CSIT is designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ.
RIT's College of Computing and Information Sciences offers several options for students interested in pursuing higher education in information security areas, including both a Bachelor's and Master's program in Computing Security and an Advanced Certificate in Information Assurance. The Bachelor's program is the first of its kind in the nation, according to RIT's program information page, which explains, "The Computing Security BS degree was developed to respond to the increasing need for undergraduate advanced studies in the areas of computing and network security and forensics. As the program matures the program is broadening its scope and adding more aspects of security to the curriculum such as mobile device security, database and web security, secure software development, and security science."
- Undergraduate Tuition (12-18 credit hours): $18,298 per semester
- Undergraduate Tuition (part-time): $1,331 per credit hour
- Graduate Tuition Full-Time: $20,079 per semester
- Graduate Tuition Part-Time: $1,673 per credit hour
Hiring/Employment Rate: Among 2014 Rochester Institute of Technology undergraduate degree recipients, 78.8% report being employed at the time of the survey, 12.6% report pursuing further full-time study, and 2.7% report alternate plans. Overall, the outcomes rate for 2014 graduates is 94.1%. For graduates from the B. Thomas Galisano School of Computing and Information Sciences, 88.4% report being employed, 6.7% are pursuing further full-time study, and 1.6% report alternate plans, for a total outcomes rate of 96.7%.
Scholarships Offered: RIT offers a variety of merit-based scholarships, such as the RIT Presidential Scholarships, National Merit and National Hispanic Scholarships, RIT Computing Medal Scholarships, and others. A full list of scholarship opportunities available to undergraduate students at RIT can be found here. International graduate students may be eligible for RIT Graduate Scholarships, while both international students and U.S. citizens may be able to take advantage of RIT Graduate Assistantships and other financial assistance. Details on scholarships and awards available to eligible graduate students can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Rochester Institute of Technology is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA/DHS.
Royal Holloway University
Bachelor's in Computer Science with Information Security specialization
Master's in Information Security (integrated Master's option)
Doctorate in Information Security
Students pursuing the Computer Science degree in Information Security at Royal Holloway University receive not only a solid grounding in computer science, but also specialized courses introducing them to the critical and relevant aspects of cybersecurity. "Cybersecurity courses are taught by staff from the Information Security Group (ISG) – one of the largest and most established security groups in the world." Additionally, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway was established in 2013 in order to produce cohorts of highly trained researchers who have an in-depth understanding of cyber security.
- MSc Information Security:
- Home/EU tuition fees: £9,800
- International tuition fees: £15,800
- UK/EU: £9,000
- International - Computer Science: £15,200
- Channel Islands and the Isle of Man: £9,000
- Full undergraduate tuition and fees schedule here
- Postgraduate Research Fees:
- Standard International Student Fees - Computer Science: £13,800
- Full postgraduate research tuition and fees schedule here
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to 2011 data from The Guardian, Royal Holloway's post-graduation employment rate is 89.6%. A 2013 analysis finds that 88.5% of graduates are employed or pursuing further full-time study. The Complete University Guide notes that "Royal Holloway performs consistently well for graduate employability, with an active careers programme based on extensive employer networking and access to the largest careers service in Europe, The Careers Group, University of London." Specific data is not cited in this report, however.
Scholarships Offered: Undergraduate students at Royal Holloway can apply for a multitude of scholarships, ranging from academic success scholarships to departmental scholarships including scholarship opportunities for Computer Science students, and international scholarships. One hundred postgraduate students are supported directly by Royal Holloway with scholarships, bursaries, and assistantships including Thomas Holloway Research Scholarships, College Research Scholarships and Departmental Assistantships. More information on eligibility and awards can be found here for postgraduate students.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Information Security Group is recognized as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, ensuring that the University's curriculum remains in line with the latest solutions and technologies in light of the rapidly evolving threat landscape. ISG runs a variety of events throughout the year to facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas and conducts significant work that involves external organizations, including working with and supporting the information security industry, professional organizations in the information security field, government organizations, and information security initiatives. Currently, ISG has formal relationships with several organizations including the International Information Integrity Institute, the Information Security Forum (ISF), the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), and the Cyber Security Challenge, in addition to doing close work with several additional organizations including the Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), and the British Computer Society Information Security Specialist Group (BCS-ISSG).
Southern Methodist University's HACNet, High Assurance Computing and Networking Labs, allows students to work on "work on a broad range of cybersecurity topics, spanning hardware, software, networking and even economic analysis." Additionally, HACNet engages undergraduate students in research activities and supervises the student-led Security Special Interest Group (SSIG). The Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering is home to Southern Methodist University's Master's program in Security Engineering, focused on the design and development of secure systems and applications. While no undergraduate program offered by SMU specifically focuses on cybersecurity or information security, several computer science and computer engineering options are available, which can be used as a stepping stone for entry into the M.S. Security Engineering program. The Lyle School of Engineering is also the home of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security.
Lyle School of Engineering (fee per credit hour):
- On-campus programs: $1,165 + general student fee
- Distance education: $1,350
- Distance certificates: $1,350
- Distance - active military: $657
- Other certificate programs and audit: $1,350
- Lyle Weekend Graduate Tuition: $1,400
Hiring/Employment Rate: Data on student outcomes post-graduation, as well as graduation rates and salary data, can be found here. According to the most recent data at the time of this writing, 69% of graduate degree recipients (from the 2015-2016 academic year) were employed or pursuing graduate studies.
Scholarships Offered: The Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) is available to students pursuing information assurance education at Southern Methodist University, for both undergraduate and graduate students. Over 75% of undergraduate engineering students receive academic scholarships.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Southern Methodist University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA/DHS. "DataScience@SMU is delivered in partnership with 2U, Inc., a leading provider of online education solutions for top-tier nonprofit colleges and universities." HACNet is sponsored by a number of leading brands including Nokia, Raytheon, and others.
Students can take advantage of both on-campus and online educational programs at Southern New Hampshire University. According to GetCollegeCredit.com, which ranks Southern New Hampshire University eighth among its Top 10 Universities for Cybersecurity, "At SNHU, earning an online degree in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in cybersecurity will help you land a job while studying on your own time." A private, non-profit university, SNHU offers both Bachelor's and Master's degree programs focused in cyber security and information security.
- Online Undergraduate Programs
- Degrees/Certificates: $320 per credit hour
- SNHU Maine (Maine Residents Only): $243 per credit hour
- Degrees/Certificates (Active-duty Military and their Spouses): $225 per credit hour
- Online Graduate Programs
- Degrees/Certificates: $627 per credit hour
- Degrees/Certificates (Active-duty Military and their Spouses): $470 per credit hour
- SNHU Maine
- SNHU Maine – (Maine Residents Only): $375 per credit hour
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Students who apply to SNHU's undergraduate day program are automatically considered for merit-based, renewable grants and scholarships. Merit-based awards include the Quill/Penmen Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Honors Program Scholarship, Future Business Leaders of America Scholarship (FBLA), DECA Scholarship, and Skills USA Scholarship, among others. Athletic Scholarships and Resident Assistant Scholarships are also available opportunities for eligible students. Additionally, several scholarship opportunities exist for graduate students, including the Finlay Family Scholarship, Dr. Jacqueline Mara Scholarship, and others, while students studying computer science at SNHU may be eligible for program-specific scholarships such as the Scott Caswell Memorial Scholarship, William Truehart Scholarship, and others. A complete list of scholarship opportunities for students can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Not available
Offered through St. John's University's College of Professional Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security Systems is a 126-credit program that "prepares students for career opportunities in the cyber security field, including positions as cryptanalysts, cyber law enforcement specialists, security administrators, computer crime investigators and computer forensic specialists." St. John's University also offers business and cyber forensics options.
- Undergraduate: Queens, Manhattan and Online Learning - Base Tuition for Traditional and Distance Learning Students: $1,262 per credit
- Undergraduate: Staten Island - Base Tuition for Traditional Students: $917 per credit
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available, although some useful data on admission rates, graduation rates, and other statistics can be found here.
Scholarships Offered: St. John's University makes a variety of scholarship opportunities available to students spanning all phases of education, including merit-based scholarships, endowed scholarships, application scholarships, and more. Merit-based scholarships range from $5,000 per year to full tuition.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Not available
For undergraduate students, the Department of Computer Science offers a Bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity as well as a Cybersecurity concentration for students wanting to complement other programs of study with cybersecurity education. Stevens Institute of Technology's Department of Computer Science offers rich research opportunities in the field of cybersecurity, with faculty members leading research projects through its Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems and Information Assurance (CASSIA).
- Undergraduate Tuition:
- Full-time Rate (12-18 credits): $22,770/semester
- Overload Credits (greater than 18 credits): $1,518/credit
- Part-time (less than 12 credits): $1,518/credit
- Graduate Tuition:
- Full-time Rate (9-12 credits): $16,100/semester
- Additional Credits (greater than 12 credits): $1,450/credit
- Part-time (less than 9 credits): $1,450/credit
Hiring/Employment Rate: Stevens Institute of Technology's undergraduate programs have an excellent post-graduate employment rate, with 94% of graduates responding reporting being employed within six months of graduation (based on an 88% response rate). Nearly half (49%) say they received multiple job offers before graduation. The average starting salary reported was $64,150. While student outcomes data isn't readily available for graduates of Stevens Institute of Technology's graduate programs, more detailed information for undergraduate outcomes is available here.
Scholarships Offered: Students attending Stevens Institute of Technology have a multitude of scholarship opportunities available to them, including merit-based scholarships and other undergraduate awards, as well as several funding and aid opportunities for graduate students. The Robert Crooks Stanley Graduate Fellowship, Stevens Fulbright Fellowship, and Provost's Master’s Fellowships are just a few of the opportunities available for eligible graduate students.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Stevens is recognized by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. According to the Stevens Institute of Technology's Cybersecurity M.S. Degree information page, "Supporting this designation is the Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems and Information Assurance, which fosters multi-disciplinary collaboration and acts as a catalyst for research, education, and entrepreneurship in information assurance and cybersecurity."
Syracuse University is among 12 universities recognized in the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity Report. Syracuse University offers an online Master's Degree in Cybersecurity and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management. The Ponemon Institute explains in its report, "Information Security Management (ISM) can be defined as the comprehensive skills that manage a high degree of complex technical security, increased operational costs, diverse policies, and user behavior. The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Information Security Management (ISM) offers a comprehensive set of skills. The 15-credit program provides students with the flexibility to take coursework that does not overlap with their current expertise, while giving them tools in information security technology, policy, risk management, and evaluation, depending on their background." The CAS in Information Security Management can be pursued online, on campus, full-time, or part-time, or any mixture thereof.
Undergraduate Students (note that the Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management is a total of 15 credit hours):
- 3 credit hours or less = $75
- 4 to 11 credit hours = $125
- 12 credit hours or more = $175
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available, although it's worth noting that several of Syracuse University's Colleges were ranked by NerdWallet in its Schools with the Highest Employment Rates in 2012 report.
Scholarships Offered: Students who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply for a grant through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP).
Affiliations/Partnerships: The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly designate and sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). The iSchool is a CAE and holds designations in:
- CAE in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE-IA/CD)
- CAE in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE)
- CAE in Research (CAE-R)
Tallinn University of Technology offers two Master's-level programs for students interested in pursuing postgraduate study in cyber security or digital forensics. Faculty include security practitioners with real-world experience from banks, telecom providers, law enforcement, CERT, and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence, giving students access to a unique set of perspectives. The Centre for Digial Forensics and Cyber Security "works towards enhancing the competence and ability of Estonian computer security field through education, research and development." The Centre also facilitates PhD studies in cyber security. The Institute of Cybernetics (IoC) was founded in 1960 as a research institute of the Estonian Academy of Sciences but today acts as a semi-autonomous research institution of the Tallinn University of Technology. The Software Science Laboratory was founded in 1978.
- Beginning in 2013, the Master's in Cyber Security and Master's in Digital Forensics programs are offered at no tuition fee for qualified students studying with a full load.
- This option is valid for most successful and motivated applicants, with limited available spaces.
- If the student fails to study with a full study load, the tuition is 48 EUR for 1 ECTS.
- Full details here.
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Master's in Cyber Security students at Tallinn University of Technology may apply for specialty scholarships, the Study IT in .ee scholarships, or Scholarships of Estonian Government. Master's students in Cyber Security and several additional fields of study have an opportunity to study tuition-free at Tallinn University if studying a full load, beginning in 2013.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Tallinn University of Technology Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, together with the IT Academy and the IT Law Programme at the University of Tartu, held the 1st Interdisciplinary Cyber Research (ICR) workshop in July 2015, which aims to "bring together young as well as established scholars undertaking research in various disciplines related to information and communication technologies such as computer sciences, political and social sciences, and law." The Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security has partnerships with Police and Border Guard Board, Estonian Forensic Science Institute, Information System Authority, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Justice. The IoC is one of the leading computer science research institutions in Estonia, with a large network of both national and international collaborations. The IoC coordinated CDC, the national centre of excellence in research in computer science and engineering 2002-2007, and the EXCS national centre of excellence in research in computer science 2008-2015.
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University, with over 40 faculty and 1,200 undergraduate majors, started one of the first undergraduate cybersecurity tracks in the nation and the first in Maryland. Towson University has been a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE-IAE/CD) since 2002. In 2013, Towson was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, one of only thirteen such institutions. Towson is home to an award-winning Cyber Defense team, offers full Cyber Corps scholarships for cybersecurity students, and offers cybersecurity programs available at the undergraduate and graduate level.
- Full-time Tuition and Fees (12-15 units/term) - Maryland residents: $9,182
- Full-time Tuition and Fees (12-15 units/term) - Out-of-state: $20,788
- Graduate (Master's and Certificates):
- Full-time Tuition and Fees (9 units/term) - Maryland residents: $8,820
- Full-time Tuition and Fees (9 units/term) - Out-of-state: $15,984
- Half-time Tuition and Fees (6 units/term) - Maryland residents: $5,880
- Half-time Tuition and Fees (6 units/term) - Out-of-state: $10,656
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Full Cyber Corps scholarships are available for cybersecurity students. Towson University offers several scholarships through its Office of Admissions, which are available to entering undergraduate students only. To locate departmental scholarships available at TU, the Scholarship Seeker is an easy-to-use resource. Within the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, the Doris K. Lidtke Excellence in Service Award and James W. Smith Scholarship are two options. There are also distinguished scholarships and fellowships available to eligible students.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The CIS department has received cybersecurity grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Army Research Lab, and several other federal and state agencies.
The U.S. Military Academy, West Point is ranked ninth among 12 universities chosen as the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity. According to the Ponemon Institute, "The Academy is dedicated to researching and teaching information assurance, computer, and network security. The Cyber Research Center is responsible for teaching and developing a variety of courses. Included in these courses are Information Assurance, Information Warfare and Forensics." The Cyber Research Center also offers extracurricular cybersecurity resources to students, including the Special Interest Group for Security, Audit and Control and the Cadet Competitive Cyber Team, C3T.
The USMA West Point is home to the Army Cyber Institute, a "national resource for research, advice and education in the cyber domain, engaging Army, government, academic, and industrial cyber communities to build intellectual capital and expand the knowledge base for the purpose of enabling effective Army cyber defense and cyber operations." The Army Cyber Institute offers a Cyber Leader Development Program and a series of Cyber Talks around the country.
Cost: According to USMA Admissions, "Being accepted for admission to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point is an exceptional honor reserved for our nation’s most promising students. But it takes more than excellent grades to be accepted for admission. West Point wants leaders who are not only intelligent, who are physically fit and of outstanding character. Those who are selected to attend USMA receive a college education that is unparalleled in the world with tuition, room and board, and expenses fully paid."
Hiring/Employment Rate: N/A. Upon graduation, USMA students are commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and serve for five years on active duty (if a student chooses to depart the Army after five years, he/she will be required to serve three years in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR)). In the first year after graduation, students attend a Basic Officer Leader Course for general information and training. Upon its successful completion, students then take branch-specific courses to become competent in the technical aspects of their specialties.
Scholarships Offered: All students accepted to the USMA receive fully paid tuition, room and board, and expenses.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The U.S. Military Academy, West Point is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA/DHS.
Università degli Studi di Genova (University of Genvoa)
Master's in Cyber Security and Data Protection
The Master's program for Cyber Security and Data Protection is provided in joint with the Institute of Studies in Information and Communications Technology (ISICT) in collaboration with the Ansaldo Foundation and offers two specialization options: Incident Response and Digital Forensics, and Critical Infrastructure and Industrial Automation Protection. The program consists of three bases of study: The Basics, The Professionalism, and Specializations. Students choose a specialization at the end of Part I of the Master's program.
- € 2,500 for unemployed
- € 6,500 for employees
- € 271 university fees
Hiring/Employment Rate: We were unable to locate specific employability data on graduates of the Master's program at the University of Genova; however, interested students may find this report on general employment trends among Bachelor's degree holders in Italy useful.
Scholarships Offered: A support and training specific free voucher is available for 3 students to support a "GIAC Certification Attempt" or an examination in "challenge" at the SANS Institute for Accredited Certifications ANSI / ISO / IEC 17024. Participation is free for students in the course for ISO / IEC 27001 (Information Security Management).
Affiliations/Partnerships: The Master's in Cyber Security and Data Protection program partners with several organizations, including Selex ES, DITEN, Dibris, Postitaliane, and several others.
University at Buffalo
Bachelor's in Computer Science
Bachelor's in Computer Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.) Degree Program
Combined Masters (B.S./M.S.) Program
Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance
The Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo is ranked #26 by the National Science Foundation, according to Study.com, which names the University at Buffalo seventh in its list of the Top U.S. Cyber Programs. Computer Security and Information Assurance is one of the key research areas within the department, and the University at Buffalo is also home to the Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education (CEISARE) which hosts annual events such as the UB GenCyber Camp and offers the Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance.
A number of programs of study are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and while no degree programs offered by the University at Buffalo focus specifically on cyber security, information security, or information assurance, the breadth of study combined with the research opportunities available at the University at Buffalo, along with its Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance, make it a strong contender for any student interested in pursuing a career in information security.
Cost (other fees apply - fees below represent tuition costs only):
Full-Time (12 credit hours or more):
- Undergraduate - Resident: $3,235
- Undergraduate - Non-resident: $10,775
- Graduate - Resident: $5,435
- Graduate - Non-resident: $11,105
Part-Time (less than 12 credit hours) - per credit:
- Undergraduate - Resident: $270
- Undergraduate - Non-resident: $898
- Graduate - Resident: $453
- Graduate - Non-resident: $925
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the Senior Survey Results, Class of 2014 data from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 27% of graduates were employed at the time of the survey, while 39% said they were seeking employment. One-fouth (25%) of graduates reported attending graduate school. Six percent of students say they had received or were contemplating a job offer, and 3% reported a status of "other."
Scholarships Offered: According to the University at Buffalo News Center, "The University at Buffalo has received a $1.6 million federal grant to teach students how to protect the United States from cyberattacks. UB will use the grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation, to bring up to 16 students into its Center of Excellence in Information Systems, Assurance, Research and Education (CEISARE). It is one of approximately 50 federally designated centers that supply the United States with graduates trained to protect the nation from computer-based attacks."
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University at Buffalo is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the NSA/DHS. The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program is a recently launched program providing "support and extra-curricular opportunities geared toward female students in the STEM fields with the goal of increasing the recruitment, retention and success of women in the sciences, math and engineering." There are also a number of STEM Education and Outreach Programs at UB. Additionally, UB has a robust Engineering Partnership Program.
At University College London, students have the opportunity to participate in a Weekly Hacking Seminar which is organized by Dr. Gianluca Stringhini. Additionally, the University College London is home to the Information Security Research Group, founded in 2006, which covers network and computer security, cryptography, human factors in security, end-to-end systems security, privacy-enhancing technologies, language-based security, and program verification and analysis. The one-year Master's in Information Security program prepares students for challenging careers in the cyber security field or further doctoral study.
- UK/EU £10,765
- Overseas £23,690
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the MSc ISec program page, UCL's MSc ISec program teaches "a balance of established theory and cutting-edge practice, equipping graduates with the broad expertise necessary to succeed as cybersecurity experts, practitioners, or researchers." Top starting positions for ISec graduates include information protection advisor, security analyst, security consultant, and secure software designer, while top graduate destinations include IBM, Cisco, KPMG, and Ernst & Young. Average starting salary for ISec graduates is £31,200 (Graduate Surveys, January 2015). The most current information on the Computer Science Careers page indicates that 67.61% of graduates secure employment (although the time frame in which employment was secured is not specified), 17.61% pursue further study, and 6.20% indicate an "other" response.
Scholarships Offered: Graduate students in the Computer Science program may apply for Computer Science Service Excellence Scholarships. More information about scholarship programs open to students in any department can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: "The Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research at University College London was set up in 2012, following the award of 'Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research' by GCHQ in partnership with the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties Programme (RCUK) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)." The Information Security Research Group at University College London is affiliated with the Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research in addition to the Science of Cyber Security Research Institute, the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, and the SECReT Doctoral Training Centre.
UAB is the home of the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, "the locus on campus for interdisciplinary research bringing together computer scientists, forensic scientists, and social scientists, along with researchers and faculty from business, engineering, and health professions to solve problems. The Center’s core areas include information assurance, information intelligence and analytics, and forensic science — digital and physical." The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a general undergraduate program in Computer Science, as well as other undergraduate programs of study such as an undergraduate program in Digital Forensics. Graduate programs include a M.S. in Computer Science as well as an Interdisciplinary M.S. in Computer Forensics and Security Management (MSCFSM). Additionally, UAB offers a Certificate in Computer Forensics.
- First semester hour of coursework - Resident charge: $528
- First semester hour of coursework - Non-resident charge: $940
- Each additional hour of coursework - Resident charge: $305
- Each additional hour of coursework - Non-resident charge: $717
- First semester hour of coursework - Resident charge: $606
- First semester hour of coursework - Non-resident charge: $1,122
- Each additional hour of coursework - Resident charge: $383
- Each additional hour of coursework - Non-resident charge: $899
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: For graduate students, financial aid is available in the form of Graduate Assistantships (GAs), Research Assistantships (RAs), Minimum Duties Assistantships (MDAs), and Fellowships. University of Alabama students have access to a range of scholarship opportunities, including general academic scholarships, regional and national scholarships, and school and department scholarships. A complete scholarship resource for UAB students can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The NSA/DHS has designated UAB as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. The Center has a number of strategic partnerships and many students have been recruited directly from the Center by companies like Google, Facebook, and others.
The University of Arizona, Tucson offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in Management Information Systems, with the Master's degree program enabling students to choose among three concentration areas, including Security and Information Assurance. The University of Arizona also has a research department focused on Aerospace/Defense/Homeland Security, with core competencies in cyber security, anti-terrorism systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and other areas. Research in adaptation and development of scalable and practical artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistical analysis, computational linguistics, and visualization techniques have generated commercial products used by law enforcement agencies, such as the COPLINK System. The COPLINK System, a software program, has been likened to "Google for cops" and provides cross-jurisdictional information sharing, analysis, visualization and research for the law enforcement and intelligence community for border and national security.
The UA Dark Web Project is a scientific program aiming to study and understand international terrorism phenomena using a computational, data-centric approach. It was also MIS professors who developed the Terrorism Knowledge Portal, a search engine that's used exclusively for terrorism research.
- Undergraduate (per academic year):
- Arizona Resident: $11,400
- Non-Resident: $32,600
- Graduate (per academic year):
- Arizona Resident: $12,000
- Non-Resident: $30,400
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: The University of Arizona, Tucson offers the AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship Program, which offers full scholarships to qualified U.S. students in exchange for government service. The program is intended primarily for MIS Masters students, who receive two years of full funding. According to the Aerospace/Defense/Homeland Security research page, "In the Eller College’s top-ranked Department of Management Information Systems, faculty and students conduct research in artificial intelligence (AI) supported by grants from such large organizations as the US Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency."
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Arizona, Tucson is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA/DHS.
University of Arkansas
Bachelor's in Computer Science
Master's in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
The University of Arkansas is the home to the Center for Information Security & Reliability, which undertakes a range of activities including "fostering multidisciplinary research, securing large-scale funding from federal, state, and other funding agencies, providing education and training to future work-force, increasing awareness in the field of information security and reliability by offering appropriate seminars and workshops." A new research center, announced in October 2015, will focus on cybersecurity for electric power utilities. The University of Arkansas also has an area of research focused on Security and Privacy.
Cost (fees listed per credit hour of enrollment):
- Resident: $234.26
- Non-Resident/International: $677.73
- Resident: $399.94
- Non-Resident/International: $987.51
- Full Tuition and Fees Schedule here
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: According to the University of Arkansas' By the Numbers report, "In the last three years, 236 of our undergraduates have won State Undergraduate Research Fellowships to support research projects they are pursuing with faculty mentors."
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Arkansas' new research center that will focus on cybersecurity for electric power utilities is made possible by a $12.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, augmented by $3.3 million in matching funds from the research partners.
The University of Birmingham is ranked third in the Russell Group for Computer Science and Information Systems in The Guardian University Guide 2016, ranked fourth in the Computer Science and Information Systems subject as a whole, and 17th overall. The University of Birmingham's Security and Privacy Group (SecPriv) conducts PhD research into access control, cryptography, cloud security, verification of security and privacy protocols, hardware- and software-based security, information leakage, and web and network security. Computer Security Seminars are regularly hosted talks on campus consisting of informal meetings of staff and PhD students to discuss work-in-progress. The Master's in Cyber Security program is a one-year program covering both theory and practice of designing secure systems and offers solid foundational knowledge in subject matter spanning cryptography, network security, and secure programming. Students may opt to participate in optional modules on subjects including hardware and embedded system security, operating systems, and incident management and forensics. Additionally, the program has in recent years welcomed guest lecturers from industry leading companies such as Microsoft, Vodafone, Siemens, IBM and Hewlett Packard.
- MSc Cyber Security
- Home/EU students: £7,700
- International students: £19,200
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the MSc Cyber Security program website, 76% of graduates have secured employment within six months of graduation among respondents graduating in the 2011/2012 academic year. Another six percent reported both working and studying, while six percent reported studying only. Twelve percent of respondents reported being unemployed six months post graduation. Employers include J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, Atos, Morgan Stanley, and other leading companies.
Scholarships Offered: There are a few scholarship opportunities available to postgraduate students attending the University of Birmingham. Home/EU students in MSc Computer Science programs may be eligible for the Paul and Yuanbi Ramsay MSc Bursary, which awards two £4,950 bursaries. International Student Master's Scholarships are £3,000 awards offered to privately-funded, full fee-paying international Master's students. Information on other postgraduate funding opportunities can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Birmingham is designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ and participates annually in the Cyber Security Challenge UK. A variety of outside partners contribute to funding the research efforts of the Security and Privacy Group, including EPSRC, Microsoft, IBM, Vodafone, HP, L-3 TRL, Rail Safety and Standards Board, GCHQ, Jaguar Land Rover, and Google.
University of Bristol
Master's in Advanced Computing - Machine Learning, Data Mining, and High Performance Computing
In 2012, the University of Bristol founded the Bristol Security Centre, which works with government, businesses, and consumers to provide security training and education. Two main research centers contribute to the Bristol Security Centre's work, including the Cryptography and Information Security Group and the Centre for Quantum Photonics. The Cryptography and Information Security Group researches cryptography and hardware/software security, with additional interest areas in security auditing and computer forensics, and provides students with ongoing opportunities such as study groups, seminars, conferences, and workshops. The Master's in Advanced Computing program covers a broad range of technologies and application areas, offering both theory and practical, hands-on application techniques. Instruction is linked to cutting-edge research by the Intelligent Systems Lab, which is one of the largest artificial intelligence groups in the U.K.
Cost: Postgraduate tuition depends on the program of study. Students are classified as UK, EU, or International, and tuition rates vary. General information on postgraduate fees can be found here; however, specific tuition information for the Master's in Advanced Computing program is locked for access only by current students.
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to 2010 data from The Guardian, 92.6% of graduates from the University of Bristol secured gainful employment within a few months of graduation, based on a sample size of 2,245 graduates. This figure remained relatively consistent with The Guardian's 2011 report, indicating that 92.8% of graduates surveyed reported being employed. In 2015, Times Higher Education ranks the University of Bristol 22nd (with a 79.6% employment rate) among global universities with the highest employment rates.
Scholarships Offered: The University of Bristol has a number of scholarship opportunities available for students pursuing undergraduate or graduate study. Prospective and current students can search for scholarships and awards here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Bristol is designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ. The Bristol Cryptography Group is supported by several organizations, including DARPA, IBM, EPSRC, LABS HP, Microsoft Research, and others. Additionally, the Bristol Computer Science Industrial Partnership "promotes partnership between the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol and Companies in computer and related industries. Its aim is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration with the industrial sector across all aspects of the Department's activities in Research and Teaching."
The UC Berkeley School of Information’s (I School) Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) is an accredited program designed to train students with professional experience for a career in cybersecurity. Delivered online, MICS provides the technical skills and contextual knowledge students need to assume leadership positions in private sector technology companies as well as government and military organizations.
UC Berkeley’s School of Information (I School) is a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. This requires the insights of scholars from varied fields — information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy. UC Berkeley brings together this diverse group of faculty to teach its online Master of Information and Cybersecurity curriculum and to prepare students from around the world to become leaders in the field of cybersecurity. >
Cost (fees listed represent annual fees, other charges and fees may apply):
- Graduate Students:
- Students must also pay a $694 campus fee
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not Available
Scholarships Offered: The UC Berkeley has many scholarship opportunities available for students. Prospective and current students can search for scholarships and awards here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: UC Berkeley’s School of Information hosts the annual DataEDGE conference. DataEDGE brings together social scientists, computer scientists, policy-makers, designers, and artists for an intimate conference to assess the current state of data science and the data revolution..
UC Davis is the home to its Computer Security Lab, which aims to improve the state of computer security through research and education. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered in Computer Science, with an additional undergraduate program available in Computer Science and Engineering. While these are broad areas of study, the University of California, Davis offers a host of courses related to cyber security for students who wish to design their course of study to focus on cyber security and information assurance. Courses are mapped to NSTISSI standards and include Computer Security, Modern Cryptography, Ethics and the Information Age, Computer and Information Security, Computer Security: Intrusion Detection Based Approach, oundations of Computer and Information Security, and others.
Cost (fees listed represent annual fees, other charges and fees may apply):
- Undergraduate Students:
- California Residents: $ 13,952
- National and International Students: $ 38,660
- Graduate Academic Students:
- California Residents: $ 13,165
- National and International Students: $ 28,267
- Full tuition and fees schedule here
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the UC Davis Student Characteristics (2014) report, among 2010-2011 Bachelor's degree recipients, 42% were holding full-time employment one year after graduation, while 14% were employed part-time. Five percent were both enrolled and full-time employed, and another 10% were enrolled and part-time employed. Fourteen percent (14%) were enrolled and not employed, and another 14% were not employed.
Scholarships Offered: UC Davis offers more than $6 million in undergraduate scholarships with awards ranging from $100 to $13,000 per academic year. Undergraduate scholarships from UC Davis are all awarded on a merit basis. Students may also apply for prestigious scholarships, or scholarships that are nationally and internationally recognized. Academic departments and campus organizations also offer scholarships and UC Davis offers a Middle Class Scholarship, designed for students with family income and assets of up to $150,000. For external scholarship resources available to UC Davis students, visit this page.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of California, Davis has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the NSA/DHS. "Computer scientists at the University of California, Davis, are taking part in a new research alliance with the Army Research Laboratory and other universities aimed at detecting, modeling and responding to cyberattacks on networks in real time and in some cases without human intervention. The five-year funding for the core and enhanced program is $23.2 million, with an additional $25 million for the optional five-year extension — a potential total of $48.2 million over the 10-year collaboration," according to an article in UC Davis News and Information.
The University of Cambridge doesn't offer a cyber security-specific degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level, but students pursuing Computer Science can benefit from the University of Cambridge Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Security Research, including a Security Group and a Security Research Group. "The Centre's activities are coordinated by Dr Frank Stajano at the Computer Laboratory, a department with a long and distinguished history of security research, but the Centre's depth and breadth comes from the involvement of a number of other departments and institutions across the University of Cambridge."
The Computer Laboratory conducts research into securing global infrastructure and securing the building blocks of the digital world and holds a Wednesday Seminar Series. Several local research groups also organize seminars and weekly discussion groups of interest to students. The PhD in Computer Science is the primary research degree offered by the Computer Laboratory. For more information on the University of Cambridge Computer Science programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, visit this informational page.
- UK/EU: £9,000 per year for all courses
- International - Computer Science: £24,069 (varies by course of study)
- MPhil in Advanced Computer Science:
- Home: £20,738 (estimated annual commitment)
- EU: £21,088
- Overseas: £38,221
- Island: £38,221
- Refugee: £21,088
- PhD in Computer Science:
- Home: £20,376 (estimated annual commitment)
- EU: £20,726
- Overseas: £38,204
- Island: £38,204
- Refugee: £20,726
Hiring/Employment Rate: Data on graduate outcomes from the University of Cambridge comse from the "Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal Survey" conducted by the the Higher Education Statistics Agency. According to this data, 55.2% of MPhil students graduating in the 2010-2011 academic year secured employment, while 36.6% were pursuing further study. Just 4.7% were still seeking employment, and 3.6% said they were traveling or unavailable for work. Among PhD students responding to the survey who graduated in the same academic year, 89.7 % were employed, 2.6% pursuing further study, 4.2% seeking employment, and 3.5% unavailable for work. The Careers Service website has additional information on employment opportunities and student outcomes.
Scholarships Offered: Graduate students at the University of Cambridge have access to a variety of funding opportunities, including Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, UK Research Councils, loans, external funding, and other options including departmental awards. Information on these opportunities and search tools can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Cambridge is designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ. The Computer Laboratory offers funding opportunities for joint projects, including EPSRC Partnership Development Awards, Innovate UK, and Horizon 2020. In addition, Google offers Faculty Research Awards twice annually. The Industrial Supporters Club is a group of companies spanning all sizes that actively support teaching or research in the Computer Laboratory.
University of Connecticut
Bachelor's programs in Computer Science and Engineering, Computer Science, and Computer Engineering
Information Assurance Minor
Bachelor's in Management Information Systems
Master's in Operations and Information Management
The School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut, in partnership with Comcast, established the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI), which attracts a pool of talented students interested in pursuing cutting-edge industry challenges at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School of Engineering & School of Business at UConn offer a variety of courses in the fields of hardware, software, and network security plus an Advanced Engineering Certificate in Cybersecurity. CSI hosts a Distinguished Speaker Series as well as the annual CyberSEED Conference, which focuses on emerging security trends in cloud, IT, and mobility. CSI also plays an active role in the FCC’s Communications, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). "The goal of CSRIC is to provide recommendations to the FCC to ensure, among other things, that we ensure optimal security and reliability of communications systems, including the telecommunications, media, and public safety industries," according to Matt Tooley in an article on the CSI website. The School of Business, through the Operations and Information Management Department, offers a Master's in Operations and Information Management, a part-time MBA program with course content that overlaps with information security, and an undergraduate program. Likewise, the Computer Science and Engineering Department within the School of Engineering offers undergraduate programs with some course content of interest to students who wish to pursue information security education, as well as an Information Assurance Minor.
Cost (annual tuition):
- Full-Time Undergraduates - Main Campus:
- In-State: $9,858
- Out-of-State: $30,038
- Full-Time Undergraduates - Regional Campuses**:
- In-State: $9,858
- Out-of-State: $30,038
- Graduate Tuition: Sliding scale per credit hour - In-State:
- 1 credit: $1,212
- 3 credits: $2,660
- 6 credits: $5,126
- 9+ credits: $7,648
- Graduate Tuition: Sliding scale per credit hour - Out-of-State:
- 1 credit: $2,367
- 3 credits: $6,125
- 6 credits: $12,056
- 9+ credits: $18,041
**Fees may vary at each regional campus.
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the School of Business, "Average entry-level salary for a 2008 UConn MIS graduate is $57,000, ranging from $55,000 to $72,000 and is the highest of all business majors. Career path rises up to positions such as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)." Among MBA graduates in May 2014, 76% had career placements at graduation, and 94% had career placements by August 2014. The Center for Career Development's Post-Graduate Statistics report indicates that 81% of respondents among 2011 graduates are employed either full- or part-time, 28% are in graduate school, and 11% are neither employed nor in graduate school.
Scholarships Offered: UConn offers a series of merit scholarships to high school seniors with a record of academic achievement and leadership. The Nutmeg Scholarship, Day of Pride Scholarship, and Leadership Scholarship are just a few examples. Other scholarship information can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: In a partnership with Comcast, the University of Connecticut created the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI). In 2014, UConn was one of three schools to receive a $7.5 million grant from the Department of Defense to study security for nanoscale devices, which are used in everything from cell phones to air traffic control computers.
According to Study.com, which names the University of Houston a Top U.S. Cyber Program, "The University of Houston collaborated with federal agencies, the local government and local businesses to form the Cyber Security Institute, which offers a certificate program as well as courses to business owners and high school students." The Cyber Security Institute offers the Network Management and Security Training Program, a certificate program offering PDUs and certificates for participants who complete courses successfully. The College of Technology offers an Information System Security Certificate Program as well as a Master's program in Information System Security. The College of Science and Engineering also offers other academic programs that may be of interest to students who wish to pursue careers in information security. The Cyber Security Institute hosts a Cyber Security Summit Camp, among other activities. Some programs offered through the University of Houston may be completed via distance education.
- NMS Tuition Cost: $4,600 (all 4 courses)
- Undergraduate Tuition:
- Fixed Tuition Rate (incoming) - Resident: $4,855 per term (Fall/Spring)
- Fixed Tuition Rate (incoming) - Non-Resident: $12,205 per term (Fall/Spring)
- First-Time Freshmen - All Colleges - Resident: $305/SCH (Semester Credit Hour)
- First-Time Freshmen - All Colleges - Non-Resident: $795/SCH
- Full Undergraduate Tuition and Fees Schedule here
- Graduate tuition and fees vary depending on your department, your residence status, your graduate level, and the courses you’re taking. This calculator will provide estimates of tuition and fees for your specific program for the 2016 academic year.
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Students pursuing graduate or professional education at the University of Houston may be eligible for a graduate assistantship. Undergraduate students may be eligible for a variety of scholarships, many of which are listed here. There are also a number of scholarship awards offered through the Department of Technology.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Houston is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the NSA/DHS. In November 2014, the University of Houston was awarded a $1.5 million CyberCorps grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The University of Kent's Security Research Group is a key partner of the University's recently established interdisciplinary Cyber Security Research Centre, which is home to the University's cyber security research efforts and also provides lectures and training opportunities. The Security Research Group covers a variety of topics including identity management and authorisation, privacy, cloud computing, intrusion detection, cryptography, and more, and is also involved with teaching in the MSc programs. One of the primary subgroups under the Security Research Group is the Information Systems Security group. The Cyber Security Research Centre overall hosts a variety of seminars and events of interest to students, providing ample opportunities for those who want to take an active role in learning about and participating in the latest advanced research in cyber security.
- Standard Full-Time Master's:
- Home and European Union rate: £5,250
- International rate: £15,380
- Standard Part-Time Master's:
- Home and European Union rate: £2,625
- International Master's: £15,380
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the University of Kent's Industrial Placements page, "In 2014 100% of students taking the Year in Industry option were employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating." This program is available to undergraduate and Master's taught students.
Scholarships Offered: Master's taught applicants may be eligible for the School of Computing Scholarship, the Templeman Scholarship for University of Kent graduates, or the Santander Scholarship for students from Iberian or Latin American countries. More information on these and other funding options can be found here with details on all types of scholarships, from the University of Kent, school-specific awards, Research Council Awards, external awards, and international awards for postgraduate students accessible from this page.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Kent is designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ and EPSRC. Research emerging from the Security Research Group contributes to the Research Councils UK Global Uncertainties program (Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research), while the members of Information Systems Security Research Group (ISSRG) are the authors of PERMIS, "a fully functional open source authorisation (or privilege management) infrastructure written in Java." The Logins for Life project was a joint venture between the ISSRG and the University's IS department which addressed the needs for the University to engage with stakeholders throughout their lives, and the ISSRG was also involved in other collaborative projects including TAS3 and CLASSe.
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD
Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity
M.S./Ph.D. in Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graduate Certificate in Engineering
Undergraduate Departmental Specializations in Cybersecurity
The University of Maryland College Park is the place to be for students who want to embrace the field of cyber security from day one of their higher education experience. The University of Maryland College Park's Graduate Certificate in Engineering focuses on Cybersecurity with courses including Programming in C for Cybersecurity Applications, Secure Operating Systems, Networks and Protocols, Network Security, and Information Assurance. The Maryland Cybersecurity Center is the University of Maryland College Park's cyber security research hub, with close proximity to the nation's capital and close interactions with key federal agencies coupled with its "comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education, research and technology development, stressing 'more-than-tech,' interdisciplinary solutions." Undergraduate students can particpate in a variety of activities including the ACES Honors Program, Cybersecurity Club, and the START Cyber Security Fellows Program (CySeF), in addition to having the option to specialize in cybersecurity through programs of study offered through various undergraduate departments.
- Undergraduate (estimated annual tuition only, other fees not included and may apply):
- Annual tuition and mandatory fees - Resident: $9,996
- Annual tuition and mandatory fees - Non-Maryland Resident: $31,144
- Complete cost schedule here
- Graduate Tuition (Resident) = $602.00 per credit (There is not a cap or flat rate for tuition)
- Graduate Tuition (Non-Resident) = $1,298.00 per credit (There is not a cap or flat rate for tuition)
- Complete tuition and fees schedule here
- Tuiton and fees may differ by department or college. Schedule for the Office of Advanced Engineering Education here.
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to data from the A. James Clark School of Engineering, "69% of undergraduate students were employed full-time by graduation and 16% were attending graduate school full-time, with under 15% seeking employment and 85% of undergraduate co-op/intern students who applied for full-time positions with their co-op/intern employer were offered positions." This same data finds that the average starting salary for an undergraduate engineer is $66,500. More detailed information and stats including reports from other schools and departments is available from the University Career Center.
Scholarships Offered: Most schools within the University of Maryland College Park have some department-specific scholarships available to students. The Robert H. Smith School of Business, for instance, has had $1.2 million available in undergraduate scholarships in recent years. The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences also has a multitude of scholarship opportunities for students, and the College of Information Studies provides merit-based awards. The A. James Clark School of Engineering offer scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen, returning students, and graduate students, as well as prospective transfer students. Additionally, indvidiual departments also offer scholarships and awards to students. With such a wide range of possibilities for tailoring your course of study to suit your specific preferences at the University of Maryland College Park, you can rest assured that there is also no shortage of opportunities to secure scholarship funding for your education.
Affiliations/Partnerships: NSA designated the University of Maryland as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. The University of Maryland was also named an Intelligence Community "Center of Academic Excellence" by the Department of Homeland Security. " MC2 offers exclusive opportunities for partnerships in cybersecurity aimed at fostering collaborations in research, education, and technology development. Partners benefit with invitations to special events, research previews, student recruitment opportunities, and corporate recognition. We are always ready to discuss new approaches to meet a prospective partner's unique interests."
University of Maryland University College
Adelphi, MD and Online
Cybersecurity Management and Policy
Computer Networks and Cybersecurity
Software Development and Security
Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation
Information Technology: Information Assurance specialty
The University of Maryland University College offers a variety of cyber security-focused degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. "UMUC is headquartered between the Department of Defense's Cyber Command in Maryland and the Cyber Corridor in Virginia. Through programs led by faculty-practitioners, students have access to some of the field's top leaders." According to Study.com, where UMUC is named a Top U.S. Cyber Program, "UMUC offers a cybersecurity competition team (the Cyber Padawans), who in 2015 won the Cyber DiploHack." GetCollegeCredit.com names UMUC #1 among The Top Ten Universities for Cybersecurity, explaining, "UMUC was acknowledged as a finalist in the 2013 Best Cyber Education Program competition. Offering undergrad, graduate, and certification programs in cybersecurity, UMUC’s cybersecurity faculty-practitioners and Virtual Security Lab ensures students are prepared for their future tech career."
- MD Residents: $279 per credit
- Non-Residents: $499 per credit
- Military: $250 per credit
- Out-of-State Regional Tuition On-Site at Hagerstown: $418 per credit
- Standard master's degrees, residents of Maryland: $458 per credit
- Standard master's degrees, nonresidents of Maryland: $659 per credit
- Standard master's degrees, military rate: $458 per credit
- Specialty graduate programs (MBA, cyber security, data analytics), regardless of residency or military status: $694 per credit
- Complete At-a-Glance Tuition Schedules here
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available, but prospective students may be interested in the At a Glance data available here.
Scholarships Offered: Students who complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are automatically pre-screened for scholarship eligibility. Eligible students will be notified and should submit their universal scholarship application MyUMUC as soon as possible to avoid missing out on opportunities, as scholarships are awarded based on funding availability. Students need not apply to individual scholarship programs; the single application will serve as an application to all UMUC scholarships.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The NSA/DHS has designated the University of Maryland University College a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
The UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance (CISA) is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the NSA/DHS. With a variety of UMBC departments represented in the Center, "CISA is an interdepartmental center promoting research, education, and best practices in information security and assurance. It is the central point of information and activity for research, education, training, special activities, and sound internal practices in the area of information assurance at UMBC. It fosters collaborations with local area businesses, laboratories, and government agencies, and promotes interactions among all relevant UMBC units, including Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE), Information Systems (IS), Mathematics, Physics, Continuing and Professional Studies (CPS), Office of Information Technology (OIT), and the Policy Sciences graduate program." In addition to the Master's in Cybersecurity, other ancillary programs of study are options for interested students. Students pursuing a regular degree program may opt for a Concentration in Information Assurance.
- Undergraduate – (UMBC) Full-Time (12 credits or more) - figures below represent tuiton + mandatory fees:
- Maryland Resident: $5,192
- Non-Resident: $11,341
- Undergraduate — (UMBC) Part-Time (less than 12 credits) - figures below represent tuiton + mandatory fees:
- Maryland Resident: $440 per credit hour
- Non-Resident: $950 per credit hour
- Graduate – (UMBC):
- Maryland Resident: $679 per credit hour
- Non-Resident: $1,044 per credit hour
- Full tuition and fees schedule including additional mandatory fees and other costs here
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: CISA offers the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program, supporting 22 new cybersecurity students at the BS, MS, MPS, and PhD levels in cyber security and related fields for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Information Assurance Scholarship Program, a Department of Defense-sponsored scholarship/fellowship award, is also available to eligible students. More information on eligibility and application information can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Maryland Baltimore County is designated as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the NSA/DHS. CISA partners with industry and other academic institutions to collaborate for education and research, including research partners, academic partners, government and industry partners, and more.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked #2 among GetCollegeCredits.com's Top 10 Universities for Cybersecurity. According to GetCollegeCredits.com, "A prestigious computer science program places UMass Amherst near the top of the list. UMass Amherst cybersecurity graduates are often hired by private-sector organizations like Raytheon." The Bachelor's program in Computer Science offers students the choice of 10 tracks, including a Security & Privacy Track for students who wish to emphasize learning in information assurance. This program is offered within the College of Information and Computer Sciences, which offers both undergraduate and graduate education options.
- 2015-2016 Estimated Tuition and Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate and Stockbridge Students
- In-State: $25,674
- Out-of-State: $42,007
- International: $42,007
- NERSP**: $35,070
- Estimated 2015-2016 Tuition and Fees for Half-Time Continuing and Professional Education Students (This is based on 6 credits per semester with a per credit cost of $385 plus a $45 registration and $150 UWW advising fee per term. Costs per credit vary by program.): $16,514
- Estimated 2015-2016 Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Students (non-CPE) This is based on 6 credits per semester.
- In-State: $21,163
- Out-of-State: $30,680
- International: $30,680
- NERSP**: $27,212
- Estimated 2015-2016 Tuition and Fees for Half-Time Graduate Students
- In-State: $21,406
- Out-of-State and International: $30,336
- NERSP**: $27,678
- Continuing & Professional Education: $20,790
**New England Regional Students Program (NERSP) gives a tuition break to New England residents enrolled in certain programs not offered by the public colleges and universities of their home state. Learn more about the Tuition Break program.
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the Employment of UMass Amherst Graduates Survey, which surveys graduating seniors and alumni from the classes of '07 and '08, 83.4% of students reported working full-time, while 3.5% said they were working part-time. Just under four percent (3.8%) said they were not currently employed at the time of the survey, but were seeking employment. Less than one percent (0.8%) said they were not currently employed and were not seeking employment. Seven percent (7%) provided an "other" response. Similar reports can be obtained via the Office of Academic Planning & Assessment.
Scholarships Offered: There are a number of scholarships and awards administered through the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Office. These include Chancellor's, Director's and Dean's Scholarships and Awards, Community Scholarship and Award, Honors-to-Honors Scholarship, Academic Honors Scholarship, and National Merit Scholarship and Award, although the list available online is not an exhaustive list of scholarship opportunities available. Information on other scholarships (both within and outside UMass Amherst) as well as search tools to locate scholarships you may be eligible for, visit this page. The College of Information and Computer Sciences also sponsors a number of fellowships and scholarships for students enrolled in programs within the College.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Massachusetts Amherst is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the NSA/DHS.
The Center for Information Assurance is the University of Memphis' Center of Excellence dedicated to providing world-class research, training, and career development for Information Assurance professionals and students alike by organizing community events, special purpose conferences, and vendor specific training programs. The CIA hosts Cyber Security Awareness events, such as the Cyber Security Summit, and faculty and students are actively involved in research projects such as the Intelligent Security Systems Research Lab (ISSRL) and Dr. Lan Wang's Research. The University of Memphis offers two certificate programs focused in information assurance. The Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance is offered through the Department of Computer Science and the Graduate Certificate Program in Business Information Assurance (BIA) is offered through the Fogelman College - Department of Business Information and Technology.
- Undergraduate - Sliding fee scale based on # of credit hours:
- 1 credit: $400.50
- 3 credits: $1,201.50
- 6 credits: $2,621.50
- 9 credits: $3,536.50
- 12 credits: $4,451.50
- 15 credits: $4,634.50
- 18 credits: $4,817.50
- Other fee charts and tuition information here
Hiring/Employment Rate: The Office of Institutional Research at the University of Memphis offers a number of reports with relevant data and statistics; however, we were unable to locate specific data indicating post-graduation employment rates.
Scholarships Offered: The University of Memphis advises, "Current students are encouraged to apply for private and departmental scholarships through the Tiger Scholarship Manager. Tiger Scholarship Manager provides a centralized, searchable database of all scholarship opportunities." Internal scholarship opportunities are listed here and information on Fogelman College of Business and Technology department-specific awards can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance is a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research and a nationally designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Bachelor of Arts in Software and and Information Systems with Concentration in Cyber Security
Ph.D. in Computing and Information Systems
Master's of Science Information Technology with Cyber Security Focus
Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy
Students at the University of North Carolina Charlotte can take advantage of the CyberDNA Research Center, which was established to be a "a national frontier center in cyber security & resiliency research and education." CyberDNA hosts the University's annual cyber security symposiums in addition to other events, such as STEM programs.
- Undergraduate - Main Campus - Tuition and Fees per Semester - NC Resident:
- 0-5 Credit Hours: $952.90
- 6-8 Credit Hours: $1,797.50
- 9-11 Credit Hours: $2,812.50
- 12+ Credit Hours: $3,266
- Undergraduate - Main Campus - Tuition and Fees per Semester - Non-Resident:
- 0-5 Credit Hours: $2,599.40
- 6-8 Credit Hours: $5,090.25
- 9-11 Credit Hours: $7,751.75
- 12+ Credit Hours: $9,851.50
- Graduate - Main Campus - Tuition and Fees - Per Semester - NC Resident:
- 0-2 Credit Hours: $1,015.40
- 3-5 Credit Hours: $1,531.40
- 6-8 Credit Hours: $2,438.50
- 9+ Credit Hours: $3,516
- Graduate - Main Campus - Tuition and Fees - Per Semester - Non-Resident:
- 0-2 Credit Hours: $2,599.40
- 3-5 Credit Hours: $4,699.15
- 6-8 Credit Hours: $7,190.25
- 9+ Credit Hours: $9,851.50
- College of Computing and Informatics - MS Information Technology and Information Security and Privacy Certificate Tuition - Resident:
- 0-2 Credit Hours: $1,352.90
- 3-5 Credit Hours: $2,206.40
- 6-8 Credit Hours: $3,451
- 9+ Credit Hours: $4,866
- College of Computing and Informatics - MS Information Technology and Information Security and Privacy Certificate Tuition - Non-Resident:
- 0-2 Credit Hours: $2,936.90
- 3-5 Credit Hours: $5,374.15
- 6-8 Credit Hours: $8,202.75
- 9+ Credit Hours: $11,201.50
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the UNC Charlotte Post-Graduation Survey, which is completed every two years by surveying alumni between 3 to 9 months after graduation, 55.6% of undergraduates who graduated in 2013 reported being currently employed, while 67.2% of the students who graduated with a graduate degree in 2013 reported being employed at the time of the survey. Less than 20 percent (18.3%) of undergraduate alumni reported a part-time employment status, compared to 11.5% of graduate alumni. Overall unemployment rates were similar; 15.7% of undergraduate alumni were unemployed and 13.9% of graduate alumni. 1.5% of undergraduate alumni and 2.5% of graduate alumni reported that they were not presently seeking employment, while 8.7% and 4.9%, respectively, reported their status as full-time student. Survey results from prior years can be found here.
Scholarships Offered: A number of scholarships are offered to students through the Department of Software and Information Systems. The CCI GANN Fellowship is highly targeted to students who meet the criteria for entry into the University of North Carolina Charlotte's PhD program. Information on other scholarship programs, such as the The STARRS Computing Warriors is available on the Department of Software and Information Systems website.
Affiliations/Partnerships: UNC Charlotte is designated as an Academic Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research (CAE/IAE, and CAER) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
The University of Oxford has a network, Cyber Security Oxford, which links academics working in over 20 different departments and units in the University, including the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, launched in April 2013. The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre aims to deliver effective cyber security both within the U.K. and internationally and provides a global resource for cyber security capacity building. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security program consists of one year of intensive cyber security education followed by three years of research. The program was introduced in October 2013 and is funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through a £3.65m grant. In the Master's in Software and Systems Security program, students take short courses based around a week of intensive teaching in Oxford, combined with initial reading assignments to be completed before instruction and a six-week assignment to complete afterwards. Students pursuing the GCHQ Certification pathway have special requirements outlined at the bottom of this page.
- Master's in Software and Systems Security:
- £1800 for each module attended
- Fee is the same regardless of whether student is working towards a postgraduate qualification and regardless of nationality and residency.
- Standard registration fee for MSc students: £3070 (due on or before the beginning of each year of study)
- Projected total cost of a MSc: £25,840 (home/EU) or £30,280 (overseas)
- More fees information for Master's programs here
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security:
- 16 places available in each cohort (funding available for 12)
- Funding is subject to normal EPSRC rules.
- UK and EU students are eligible for full-fee studentships.
- UK students are eligible for an annual stipend (for four years) of £16,557 each year.
- Overseas students are welcome, and will need to pay the full Oxford University fees if accepted.
- More Places and Funding information for CDT students here
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to Oxford Facts & Figures, 95% of Oxford undergraduate leaders are employed and 20% of graduates earn more than £30,000 per year within six months of graduating. Twenty-six Oxford graduates have gone on to become U.K. Prime Ministers.
Scholarships Offered: UK students pursusing education within the CDT are eligible for full-fee studentships or an annual stipend of £16,557 each year. Oxford offers a variety of graduate scholarships, most of which (about 70%) require no more than a standard course application. The Clarendon Fund is one of the largest university graduate schemes in the U.K. and is open to students applying to any DPhil or Master's course. Of course, the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most recognized graduate scholarships globablly, with 88 scholarships available each year to students in a multitude of countries. The Rhodes Scholarship is available exclusively at Oxford. The Fees, Funding, and Scholarship Search provides information on the many scholarships available.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Oxford is designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ. The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre is funded by the UK Government and works with a wide range of global partners, including governments, international organizations, and the private sector. Oxford Martin School, SAID Business School, and the University of Oxford all collaborate with the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre.
University of Pittsburgh
Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) or Master of Science in Telecommunications (MST) with a specialization in Security Assured Information Systems
Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Assured Information Systems (SAIS)
The University of Pittsburgh is tied at #7 with George Mason University in the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity report. According to the Ponemon Institute, "The Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) provides a dedicated environment to encourage the development of expertise in both the theoretical and applied aspects of information systems security. CSIS emphasis on information security makes it unique among the institutions of higher learning in this country. Established in 1990, CSIS has the distinction of being the first academic center in security at a U.S. university. It is one of the National Security Agency’s original Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, a designation it continues to hold. In 2008, NSA established a new designation – The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-Research). CSIS has earned this new designation, and is designated for both CAEIAE and CAE-Research through 2013. CSIS differentiates itself from other centers by working in a broad spectrum of security topics and issues. The Center resides within The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) at George Mason University (Mason)." The University of Pittsburgh is also home to the Laboratory for Education and Research on Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS), which coordinates a seminar series, develops online labs, and much more.
- Undergraduate Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Rates
- School of Information Sciences
- Full-Time per Academic Year: $18,626
- Part-Time per Credit: $776
- Undergraduate Out-of-State Tuition Rates
- School of Information Sciences
- Full-Time per Academic Year: $30,312
- Part-Time per Credit: $1,263
- Graduate Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Rates
- Graduate and Doctoral - Professional Practice
- School of Information Sciences
- Full-Time per Academic Year: $22,354
- Part-Time per Credit: $911
- Graduate Out-of-State Tuition Rates
- Graduate and Doctoral - Professional Practice
- School of Information Sciences
- Full-Time per Academic Year: $36,744
- Part-Time per Credit: $1,512
Hiring/Employment Rate: Employment statistics for the class of 2013 provide the most recent student outcomes data from the University of Pittsburgh. "With 88% of graduates reporting: 88% reported being employed within one year of graduation (77% within 6 months), 5% reported that they were currently pursuing further study, and 7% were currently seeking employment."
Scholarships Offered: The Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS), funded by the National Science Foundation, is available for students pursuing degree programs within the School of Information Sciences.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Pittsburgh has earned a number of accolades for its cyber security and information assurance programs. "Pitt has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in information assurance education (CAE/IAE) since 2003 and in information assurance research (CAE-R) since 2008 jointly by the NSA and DHS. Pitt is also one of only 15 CAEs in the United States whose IA curriculum has been certified to meet five Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) standards for IA education."
According to CSO, "The University of South Florida (USF) offers a fully Online Masters Degree in Cybersecurity. The program concentrates on cyber intelligence, digital forensics, and information assurance." The Florida Center for Cyber Security at the University of South Florida supports all 12 Florida State University System institutions, including the University of South Florida. The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity offers four areas of specialization, including Cyber Intelligence; Digital Forensics; Information Assurance; and Computer Security Fundamentals. The Florida Center for Cyber Security is located on the University of South Florida campus due to its close proximity to the I-4 corridor, U.S. CENTCOM, U.S. SOCOM, the MacDill Air Force Base, and other critical industry leaders. Additionally, it was the Florida Center for Cyber Security that assisted USF in launching (and now supports) several educational opportunities at USF including the Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity-specialized Graduate Certificates, and Industry-recognized Certifications.
Cost (fees listed reflect costs for Tampa campus unless otherwise noted; costs may differ by campus and other fees):
- Resident Tuition Rates per Credit Hour
- Undergraduate Level (0000-4999): $211.19
- Graduate Level (5000 & Up): $431.43
- Non-Resident Rates per Credit Hour
- Undergraduate Level (0000-4999): $575.01
- Graduate Level (5000 & Up): $877.17
Graduate students in the following high demand programs are charged Programmatic tuition rates for all courses taken:
College of Engineering – all majors
Tampa College of Business – all majors
St Petersburg College of Business – all majors
Sarasota-Manatee College of Business – all majors
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program (CRNA\MSNA)
- Business and Engineering Graduate Programmatic Tuition Rates Per Credit Hour
- Resident: $467.34
- Non-Resident: $913.08
- CRNA\MSNA Graduate Programmatic Tuition Rates Per Credit Hour
- Resident: $800
- Non-Resident: $800
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the Florida Public Universities 2012-2013 Bachelor's Degree Graduates, 2013 Fall Findings report, 69% of USF alumni who graduated in the 2012-2013 academic year were employed in the October-December quarter of 2013 (on which employment outcomes in the report are based). Among the 11 Florida Public Universitites surveyed, USF's post-graduation employment rate lands it in third place. More than three-fourths (76%) of survey respondents say they were employed full-time for the complete fourth quarter of 2013. First quarter average wages reported are $9,535. Other state university reports and data are available from the Florida Department of Education.
Scholarships Offered: USF offers scholarships and fellowships directly to eligible students, but students may also consider USF Foundation Scholarships, Bright Futures Scholarships, and other scholarship opportunities offered through private organizations or outside of the USF system.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) USF have designated the University of South Florida as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity (CAE IA/Cybersecurity).
Southampton University has "pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years" and ranks in the top 10% in the U.K. for both the volume and quality of its computer science research. Southampton University's two Master's-level options offer students the choice of pursuing graduate studies in Cyber Security or Cyber Security Risk Management. The University's cyber security research initiatives focus on securing cyber space from all forms of malicious threats, including both malicious and non-malicious threats and consists of a combined contribution of top researchers spanning 12 distinct research groups across multiple disciplines.
- ECS MSc program:
- UK/EU students: £6,300
- International students: £17,750
- MSc Cyber Security Risk Management:
- Home and EU: Full time £10,950
- International: £16,950
Hiring/Employment Rate: The University of Southampton offers information and services on careers and employability, although we were unable to locate specific statistics on the percentage of graduates who have secured gainful employment within six months of graduation.
Scholarships Offered: Students beginning taught postgraduate programs in October 2015 can take advantage of a government-funded bursary in the amount of £10,000. Other scholarships, bursaries, and studentships are available to postgraduate students from Southampton University as well as external partners. Additionally, Southampton Business School offers scholarships for applicants on full-time MSc programs.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Southampton is designated as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ and works with the UK Government Communications Headquarters on original research "to enhance the UK’s knowledge of cybercrime, provide top quality graduates in cyber security, and drive up innovation."
The University of Southern California offers a Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering, available on campus or online, as well as a Cyber Security specialization certificate via its Information Technology Program. Undergraduates at USC can also minor in Applied Computer Security or Computer and Digital Forensics. The University is home to the USC Digital Forensics Organization, a group for students interested in digital forensics and cybersecurity.
Cost: Not available
Hiring/Employment Rate: The 2009 USC Baccalaureate Alumni Survey includes data from graduates spanning three cohorts: one year after graduation (Summer 2008 to Spring 2009), five years after graduation (Summer 2004 to Spring 2005), and ten years after graduation (Summer 1999 to Spring 2000). This survey finds that 41.1% of respondents who were currently one year post-graduation were employed full-time at the time of the survey. Among the five year post-graduation cohort, 61.8% were employed full-time, and 79.3% of respondents from the 10 year post-graduation cohort were employed full time. Among respondents, 8.5% from the one year cohort, 4.0% from the five year cohort, and 2.9% from the 10 year cohort reported being employed part-time at the time of the survey.
Scholarships Offered: USC offers several merit scholarships for undergraduate students, including the full-tuition, four-year Mork Family, Stamps Leadership and Trustee scholarships, the half-tuition Presidential Scholarship, and the one-quarter tuition Deans Scholarship. Other USC scholarships are administered by organizations outside the Office of Admission and generally require a separate application. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering also offers scholarships and fellowships for students pursuing Master's-level education within the department.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Southern California is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research and as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the NSA/DHS.
The University of Surrey is home to the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, which offers expertise in privacy, communications, and the human aspects of security. The Centre conducts both foundational and practical research in these areas, applying it to a broad range of application areas and sectors, including contributions to international projects. The University has been emphasizing cyber security as a high-priority research area since 2004. The Guardian University Guide 2016 names Surrey in the UK's top 8 universities for Computer Science.
- UK/EU: £8,000
- Overseas: £18,000
- UK/EU: £4,000
- Overseas: £9,000
Hiring/Employment Rate: The Higher Education Statistics Agency found that 97% of 2013 graduates from the University of Surrey were either employed or enrolled in further study within six months of graduation. The survey showed that 80% of the jobs secured by graduates were considered graduate-level.
Scholarships Offered: The University of Surrey awards research studentships to qualified students, and there are a number of funding sources available to international students, such as the British Council Awards, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards, Science without Borders, and more. The Chancellor's International Scholarship is available to students in taught postgraduate programs, and the University also participates in the Tullow Oil Scholarship Scheme. Information on these and other funding options can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The University of Surrey is a designated Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ. The Surrey Centre for Cyber Security actively collaborates with a variety of industrial partners and research institutes both in the U.K. and wordwide, and has worked with or been financially sponsored by several public sector organizations, including Surrey Police, Innovate UK - Technical Strategy Board (TSB), and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), among others. Industrial partners include Microsoft Research Cambridge, AWE, GeoLang, Digital Barriers, Amazon, Airbus Defence and Space, and others.
University of Texas at Dallas
Master's in Computer Science, Information Assurance Track
Undergraduate Minor in Information Assurance
Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in Information Assurance
Certificate in Cyber Security Systems
The Cybersecurity Research and Education Institute (CSI) "includes 11 core professors conducting research in data security and privacy, software and language security, secure networks, secure systems and forensics, hardware security, cryptography, control systems security, data mining for malware detection and security applications. The team has generated over $30M in research funding and $7M in education funding from agencies such as NSF, AFOSR, NSA, IARPA, DARPA, NGA, NASA, ONR, ARO, ARMY, and NIH as well as multiple corporations," according to a program overview published in October 2015. The Department of Computer Science offers a number of graduate programs in Computer Science and Computer Science Engineering, including a Master's program in Computer Science with an Information Assurance track. Undergraduate students can choose a Minor in Information Assurance, and Certificates in Information Assurance are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level, along with a Certificate in Cyber Security Systems.
- Undergraduate Resident:
- 1 credit: $1,332
- 3 credits: $2,165
- 6 credits: $3,261
- 12 credits: $5,432
- 15 credits: $5,903
- Undergraduate Non-Resident:
- 1 credit: $2,088
- 3 credits: $4,336
- 6 credits: $7,476
- 12 credits: $13,447
- 15 credits: $15,664
- Graduate Resident:
- 1 credit: $1,343
- 3 credits: $2,654
- 6 credits: $4,238
- 12 credits: $7,029
- 15 credits: $7,621
- Graduate Non-Resident:
- 1 credit: $1,966
- 3 credits: $4,259
- 6 credits: $7,469
- 12 credits: $13,006
- 15 credits: $15,433
- Full tuition and fee schedule here
Hiring/Employment Rate: The University of Texas at Dallas shares information on Outcomes, including information about graduate school acceptances, career prospects, and more.
Scholarships Offered: Each year, UT Dallas offers Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) to qualified incoming freshmen. Other scholarship programs available for incoming freshment include the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program, the National Merit Scholars Program, the Terry Foundation Scholarship and the Diversity Scholarship Program. Transfer students may also be eligible for a number of scholarship programs. The University of Texas at Dallas also offers a Cyber Security Scholarship program.
Affiliations/Partnerships: UT Dallas is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research, designated by the NSA/DHS. The Cyber Security Research and Education Institute has a number of corporate and government sponsors, such as NASA, DARPA, and Raytheon, among others, and collaborates with both private corporations and other higher education institutions.
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Information Systems
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Cyber Security
Master of Science Degree in Information Technology – Cyber Security Concentration
According to the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cyber Security report, in which the University of Texas at San Antonio is ranked #1, "The Department of Information Systems and Technology Management offers more than 14 undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of digital forensics, secure network design, intrusion detection and incident response. Students learn how to protect data, gather and examine digital evidence, perform security risk assessments and study computer and network forensics procedures. Students selecting this degree field will develop special expertise in the information security arena. They will learn how to protect and defend information systems by ensuring their integrity, authentication and confidentiality." GetCollegeCredit.com ranks UTSA fifth among its Top 10 Universities for Cyber Security, noting that, "Several DoD scholarships and a partnership with the National Defense University allow the University of Texas to produce highly skilled and adequately trained information security professionals through their Computer Science Department." Study.com, which names UTSA 10th among its Top U.S. Cyber Programs, notes that students enrolled at UTSA's Institute for Cyber Security have the opportunity to participate in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
- Undergraduate Students
- Full Time - Tuition & Fees (based on 15 hours per term): $9,361
- Part Time - Tuition & Fees (based on 9 hours per term): $6,222
- Graduate Students
- Full Time - Tuition & Fees (based on 9 hours per term): $7,476
- Part Time - Tuition & Fees (based on 6 hours per term): $5,192
- Complete Tuition and Fees information here
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to the Postgraduate Report: Fall 2009 – Summer 2010 from the UTSA University Career Center, 86.7% of graduates who participated in the survey were employed at the time data was collected. Just over one-third (35.2%) reported that they were presently employed full-time in their chosen careers.
Scholarships Offered: UTSA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students at all phases of education, including UTSA general scholarships, Distinguished Presidential Scholars, and scholarships offered by individual departments. The College of Business, for instance, offers a Business Scholars Program.
Affiliations/Partnerships: The NSA/DHS has awarded UTSA with two prominent distinctions, distinguishing it as both a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. The Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security collaborates with the National Defense University's Information Resources Management College.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA and other campus locations
Bachelor's in Informatics
Master's in Cyber Security Engineering
Master's in Library and Information Science
Master's in Information Management
PhD in Information Science
According to a CSO article, "The University of Washington (Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma) offers the The Master of Science degree in Cyber Security Engineering. Curriculum within the program focuses on three primary facets of cybersecurity: protection, detection and correction. Graduates with the MS in Cyber Security Engineering will have the skills and knowledge to protect pre-existing infrastructures, detect intrusions or abuses andrespond to attacks in such a way that minimizes the losses and facilitates re-engineering information infrastructures to eliminate vulnerabilities." The University of Washington ranks 10th in the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cyber Security. The report explains, "The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) prepares students for a career protecting computer systems from accidents, hackers, viruses and other security threats. It is a unique collaboration between information science, computer science, economics, electrical engineering and law. Students have the opportunity to work with nationally known researchers in the field and conduct their own research projects. Research is conducted across multiple departments at the University of Washington and with partnering institutions to create an interdisciplinary knowledge-network."
- Freshmen and Transfer - Resident: $11,839
- Freshmen and Transfer - Non-Resident: $34,143
- Graduate tuition rates vary by program and campus. More information can be found here.
Hiring/Employment Rate: The University of Washington offers a number of statistical reports related to graduate education and graduation rates. Graduate school statistics can be found here. According to the 2011-2012 UW-Seattle Graduates: Where Are They Now? report, 40.3% of graduates are employed in a position related to their career goals, while 14.8% are working in jobs unrelated to their career goals. Among respondents, 16.4% say they're attending graduate school.
Scholarships Offered: Students attending the University of Washington can take advantage of a multitude of scholarship opportunities. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards "provides University of Washington students with information about many of the local and national merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and grants, including the Rhodes Scholarships, Marshall Scholarships, Fulbright Grants, and the Mary Gates Endowment Grant Program. We help to prepare UW students to compete for nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships and awards."
Affiliations/Partnerships: According to GetCollegeCredit.com, which ranks the University of Washington seventh among its Top 10 Universities for Cybersecurity, "Partnered with industry leaders, including Microsoft and the Armed Forces, graduates can be found working for the Department of Homeland Security." The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity partners with many organizations, including academic partnerships, industry partnerships, and government partnerships, which includes the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, Washington State Government, and Washington National Guard, among others.
Utica College offers both online and on campus programs. The Utica College campus is home to the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection, "a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection. Founded in June 2006, its ultimate goal is to impact policy, regulation, and legislation, working toward a more secure homeland." Utica College's Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program allows students to choose among several specializations including Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation, Information Assurance, Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation, and Cyber Operations.
- Undergraduate - Full-time, 12-19+ credit hours: $33,946
- Undergraduate - Part time, less than 12 credit hours - matriculated: $1,132
- Undergraduate - Part time, less than 12 credit hours - non-matriculated: $365
- Online undergraduate programs - B.S. in Cybersecurity: $425 per credit hour
- Other online program tuition information here
- General tuition information here
Hiring/Employment Rate: Not available
Scholarships Offered: Utica College offers scholarships spanning several categories, including College Scholarships for full-time freshmen, Endowed Scholarships established by alumni and outside organizations, and Annual Awards, which are grants and prizes awarded to qualifying students on a yearly basis.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Utica College is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Additionally, Utica College is designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and designated as an Academic Center of Excellence by the EC-Council. Utica College partners with Comp-TIA for certifications, among other partnerships and certifications.
Virginia Polytechnic and State University
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Engineering (GCIAE)
Both Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs allowing students to concentrate in Information Assurance-related studies
Virginia Tech is home to several leading research labs related to information security, including the Complex Networks and Security Research (CNSR) Lab, Hume Center for National Security and Technology, and the Information Technology Security Lab, among others. While undergraduate and graduate degree programs in computer science and computer science engineering are not specifically focused on information security or cyber security, students have the opportunity to design a course of study that emphasizes information assurance-related studies. Students may also opt for the Cybersecurity Minor, and Virginia Tech also offers a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Engineering.
- Undergraduate (fees per academic year):
- Tuition and Fees - In-State: $12,485
- Tuition and Fees - Out-of-State: $29,129
- 1000-level engineering courses will be charged an additional $30 per credit hour.
- Resident: $673.75 per credit hour
- Non-Resident: $1,355.00 per credit hour
- Full tuition and fees schedule here
Hiring/Employment Rate: Virginia Tech's Post-Graduation Survey and Report indicates that 2013-2014 grads have reached an 11-year high with a 60% employment rate.
Scholarships Offered: Students attending Virginia Tech can take advantage of a multitude of scholarship opportunities, including general scholarships, university honors, athletic scholarships, and college and departmental scholarships.
Affiliations/Partnerships: Virginia Tech has been designated by the NSA/DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania is ranked eighth in the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity. According to the report, "The Computer Science Information Security Center (ISC) has introduced Information Security content such as computer and network security in the undergraduate and graduate curricula. The NSA has certified the curricula set forth by the ISC to meet the National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals (4011) and Systems Administrators (4013). Additionally, the Computer Science Department offers specific courses that address technical and theoretical issues in Computer Security. Both undergraduate and graduate students can obtain a Computer Security Certificate by taking course sequences, which emphasize principles of computer security."
- In-State: $394.90 per credit
- In-State - 12-18 credits: $4,730.78
- Out-of-State: $844.90 per credit
- Out-of-State - 12-18 credits: $10,139.78
- In-State: $584.75 per credit
- Out-of-State: $831.75
- Complete tuition and fees schedule here
Hiring/Employment Rate: West Chester University's System Accountability Report for the Year Ending June 30, 2011 includes some interesting data surrounding enrollment and graduation rates, but specific data for post-graduation employment rates is not readily available.
Scholarships Offered: West Chester University offers a range of scholarship opportunities including merit scholarships, scholarships for miltary and Veterans, PA System Foundation scholarships, and other opportunities.
Affiliations/Partnerships: West Chester University of Pennsylvania is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA/DHS.
West Virginia University
Bachelor's in Computer Engineering
Bachelor's in Computer Science
Bachelor's in Biometric Systems
Master of Science in Computer Science
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Software Engineering
Graduate Certificates in Computer Forensics, Information Assurance and Biometrics, and Software Engineering
West Virginia University is home to the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, which has active research programs in areas spanning information assurance, computer security, biometric systems, and identity management. WVU offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as graduate certificates, with a computer science and computer engineering focus as well as opportunities for students to tailor their programs of study to emphasize information assurance and related focal areas. West Virginia University is the CITeR Center for Identification Technology Research's founding I/UCRC site focusing on biometrics and related identification technology and systems. WVU faculty are active participants in Computer Forensics and Security Research Projects, and students can participate in CyberWVU, WVU's Cyber Security and Forensics Club.
- Undergraduate tuition and per-credit fees vary by college and program. A complete tuition and fee schedule is available here.
- College of Engineering and Mineral Resources - Undergraduate Resident: $338 per credit hour up to 12 hours
- College of Engineering and Mineral Resources - Undergraduate Non-Resident: $922 per credit hour up to 12 hours
- College of Engineering and Mineral Resources - Undergraduate Resident - Full Time (12+ credit hours): $4,056 per semester
- College of Engineering and Mineral Resources - Undergraduate Non-Resident - Full Time (12+ credit hours): $11,064 per semester
- College of Engineering and Mineral Resources - Graduate Resident: $540 per credit hour up to 9 hours
- College of Engineering and Mineral Resources - Graduate Non-Resident: $1,324 per credit hour up to 9 hours
- College of Engineering and Mineral Resources - Graduate Resident - Full Time (9+ credit hours): $4,860 per semester
- College of Engineering and Mineral Resources - Graduate Non-Resident - Full Time (9+ credit hours): $11,916 per semester
Hiring/Employment Rate: The West Virginia Higher Education Graduate Employment And Wage Trends: 2003-2010 report from the WVU Bureau of Business & Economic Research indicates that most West Virginia graduates found work in the state in 2010. According to an article summarizing the findings via WVU, "'Of graduates with at most nine years of experience, 48.1 percent worked at establishments located in West Virginia in 2010,' said George W. Hammond, associate director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research. 'That is up from 48.0 percent in 2009 and 47.9 percent in 2008,' Hammond said. 'Overall, public college graduates came through the downturn in much better shape than residents with less education,' Hammond said."
Scholarships Offered: "Each year, the Undergraduate Scholarship Office offers over 34 million dollars in scholarships to over 7000 first-year students from West Virginia and around the world. West Virginia high school students may also be eligible for the PROMISE Scholarship, which is awarded by the State of West Virginia. Around 1300 students in the current freshman class are PROMISE Scholars. An additional 2500+ PROMISE scholars are returning for their sophomore, junior, and senior years," according to the Undergraduate Scholarship Office. More information on institutional and departmental scholarships offered by WVU can be found here.
Affiliations/Partnerships: WVU's research programs are conducted in collaboration with ollaborations with NASA, the FBI, and the West Virginia State Police. WVU is designated as a Center for Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
WPI's Cybersecurity programs page explains, "While there is no formal concentration in cybersecurity at the undergraduate level, there are many courses and opportunities through IQPs and MQPs in which students can create their own security focus." WPI does offer a Master's in Computer Science with the option to specilize in Cybersecurity, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. "Current students are engaged in all areas of cybersecurity: software security, analysis of security policies and protocols, network security, embedded system security, cyber-physical system security, cryptography, and online privacy."
- Undergraduate - First Year Students:
- Living on Campus: $44,970.00
- Commuting: $44,970.00
- Undergraduate - Returning Students:
- Living on Campus: $44,970.00
- Living Off Campus: $44,970.00
- Commuting: $44,970.00
- Graduate - Full Time:
- Off Campus: $24,588.00
- $1,366 per credit
- Full tuition and fees schedule here
Hiring/Employment Rate: According to WPI's Facts & Figures report, WPI boasts a 90% job/grad school placement rate. The Post-Graduation Report, Class of 2014 elaborates further on this data: "At the bachelor’s degree level, our success rate remains steady at 89.4% of graduates obtaining employment, starBng graduate school, and entering the military. Success rates for those with graduate degrees are strong with master’s degree graduates at 91.7% and doctoral degree graduates at 96.0%. "
Scholarships Offered: CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service at WPI offers scholarships that provide tuition, stipend, and fees in exchange for the student taking summer internships and a period of post-graduation employment with the government (federal, state, local, or tribal). In January 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) "awarded Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) more than $4.4 million to develop a program that will prepare professionals to address cybersecurity challenges and threats for the federal government. Funded through the NSF's CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) initiative, WPI's program will help bolster the national cybersecurity workforce by providing scholarships for 25 undergraduates and graduate students who will commit to government service after graduation."
Affiliations/Partnerships: Worcester Polytechnic Institute is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the NSA/DHS. WPI's website states, "In the past year, WPI has partnered with approximately 40 companies from such diverse industries as defense, utilities, biomanufacturing, healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, fire protection, and medical devices—training approximately 2,300 working professionals—to deliver customized education solutions that are designed to help them gain or maintain a competitive edge." Examples include Biogen Idec, United Technologies Corp., and Hittite.