Information Assurance and Cyber Security Schools
Several accredited universities and cyber security schools offer cyber security graduate degree programs in traditional campus-based formats. As a relatively new field, technology continues to evolve, which may translate into several variations within cyber security programs. Some schools offer these degrees through either their computer science, criminal justice and legal or technology and business departments.
Why Consider a Cyber Security Graduate Degree?
Cyber Security graduate degree programs may offer a combination of business and computer-related courses that might help position individuals to pursue more advanced career paths or responsibilities[i]. Graduates of information assurance programs may leave with an understanding on government policies, and both the technological and operational aspects of information warfare, including cyberattack and cyber defense. Studying information systems and cybersecurity at the graduate level offers individuals the opportunity to study in-depth the issues of cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and virtual espionage.
DID YOU KNOW? In 2014 it was reported that 1,872 Masters degrees and 16 Research Doctorates were awarded in Computer & Information Systems Security.[ii]
Why Earn a Cyber Security Graduate Degree on Campus?
One of the potential advantages to choosing a campus-based cyber security graduate degree program is that you would be learning in a face-to-face setting with industry professionals. This in-person setting not only gives you the opportunity to meet your faculty, but also to learn in physical computer laboratories. Other possible benefits to earning a graduate degree in cyber security on campus might include;
- Studying on campus may be a great place to foster mentorships;
- You might find a close-knit community of students, faculty and administrators that contribute positively to your learning environment;
- You might enjoy the campus grounds and the opportunity to interact with others;
- Some cyber security university programs might offer evening and/or week end classes
Selecting a Cyber Security School
Keep the following in mind as you search our directory for on campus cyber security programs:
- Choose the type of cyber security graduate program you are interested in to help narrow down your choices for schools.
- Look for a program where you are comfortable with things like location and student-to-faculty ratio.
- Look for an accredited cyber security school or university.
What Does it Mean to Study Cybersecurity in Grad School?
Cybersecurity is considered a subset of information security. Essentially the field of cybersecurity encompasses protection of networks, computers, programs and data from attacks, viruses, and unauthorized data. While information assurance deals with issues such as authentication and confidentiality, cyber security is concerned with computers and computer systems.
Potential Graduate Cyber Security Courses
Some cybersecurity schools might focus on computer programming, others may emphasize digital forensics, or security policy. Check the syllabus for each program from the schools on your list to make sure it aligns with you. A generalized, information systems and cybersecurity graduate program might cover some of the following courses[iii]:
- Computer forensics
- Systems security engineering
- Software applications
- Threat and vulnerability assessment
- Wireless networks and satellite communication
- Tactical and strategic planning
- Legal and ethical issues
- Cyber warfare systems development and acquisition
Cyber Security Degree Requirements
Cyber Security graduate degree programs are available at the Masters, Doctorate and MBA cybersecurity levels of study. Some graduate schools with cyber security degree programs consider applicants with an undergraduate degree in computer science (E.g. Bachelors in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity), mathematics, science, or engineering. Specific cyber security degree requirements are likely to depend on your program and degree level, so use your preferences, career goals and any previous education to refine your search for cyber security university programs.
Campus Cyber Security Master’s Degree Programs
On-campus Masters in Cybersecurity degree programs typically require about 2-years of full-time education beyond the Bachelor’s degree. Cyber security Masters degree programs might blend theory and research with applied knowledge.
Campus Doctoral Programs in Information security
On-campus Doctoral programs in information security may entail two years of graduate classes and qualifying exams, followed by 3-5 years of independent research culminating in a detailed, scientific dissertation.
Accredited Cyber Security Graduate Schools
Look for a regionally accredited graduate school that undergoes periodic assessment for quality standards. Some universities that offer cyber security graduate degree programs may also be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE), which is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security[iv].
Per the NSA, “Prospective schools are designated after meeting stringent CAE criteria and mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units. Schools may also elect to map their curricula to specialized Focus Areas. CAE-CD institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our Nation's information systems.”[v]
Location: Finding Cyber Security Schools
Location may play a significant role in your choice of university. You may be open to relocating, especially if your prospective school has interesting partnerships, opportunities for internships or is conducting the type of research you favor. Alternatively, you might prefer commuting to a local graduate school. Search our directory for sponsored listings in doctoral, cyber security masters degree programs, and MBA cybersecurity options by location. Choose a city, state or country.
Take the Next Step
You have an analytical mindset, are attentive to details and rise to meet challenges with ingenuity and excellent problem solving skills. You also read the news and hear first-hand about the increasing threats in the form of cyberattacks. You want to channel your strengths, acquire sharper skills and more knowledge. Find the on-campus cyber security graduate degree program that might take you forward in learning and potentially enhance career opportunities.Choose your degree level, read through sponsored listings. Contact prospective cyber security schools using our on-page navigation. It’s simple to get started. Take the next step today!
[i]bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm | [ii] datausa.io/profile/cip/111003/ | [iii] nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cipcode/cipdetail.aspx?y=55&cipid=89471| [iv].nsa.gov/resources/educators/centers-academic-excellence/cyber-defense/ |[v] [iv]
- Teaneck, NJTeaneck, NJ
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Students in the program will learn the fundamentals of operating systems, computer networks, cybersecurity, applied cryptography, and penetration testing and vulnerability analysis.
- Colorado Springs, COColorado Springs, CO
Colorado Technical University
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Greenwood Village, CO
- Fairfield, CTFairfield, CT
Sacred Heart University
SHU's master's program is tailored to provide you with the fundamentals to be an effective cybersecurity professional.
- Moon, PAMoon, PA
Robert Morris University
- Colorado Springs, COColorado Springs, CO
University of Colorado At Colorado Springs
Network and system security has become very critical and increasingly urgent in today's network and information systems.
- Syracuse, NYSyracuse, NY
The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Information Security Management (ISM) offers a comprehensive set of skills...
- Fort Lauderdale, FLFort Lauderdale, FL
Nova Southeastern University
The Information Security programs were developed to address the rapidly growing global problems of maintaining and securing computer information. ...
- Melbourne, FLMelbourne, FL
Florida Institute of Technology
The program offers the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in information assurance and cybersecurity.
- Egham, United KingdomEgham, United Kingdom
Royal Holloway University of London
MSc Mathematics of Cryptography & Communications: This degree programme is a highly focused one-year degree giving instruction into some of the mat...
- Rochester, NYRochester, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology
The number of computer-based crimes reported against the information and economic infrastructure of our society continues to increase.
- Rochester, NY
- Rochester, NY
- Montclair, NJMontclair, NJ
Montclair State University
The Cisco Program prepares the student for the professional Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam.
- Newcastle Upon Tyne, United KingdomNewcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This programme aims to equip you with the skills to develop and assess computing systems that have to be secure and safe in the face of failure or att...
- Washington, DCWashington, DC
Daniel Morgan Academy
- Richmond, VARichmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University
The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information Systems offer a joint MS in Computer & Info Sys Security.
- Stratford, United KingdomStratford, United Kingdom
University of East London
- Christchurch, New ZealandChristchurch, New Zealand
University of Canterbury
Postgraduate study in the area of Computer Security and Forensics has been introduced in order to provide specialised study for those students with an...
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Beersheba, IsraelBeersheba, Israel
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Cryptography, Network Security, Systems Security Engineering, Methods for Attack Detection and more...
- Dobbs Ferry, NYDobbs Ferry, NY
The Master of Science in Cybersecurity will help you become an indispensable industry leader.
- Washington, DCWashington, DC
Trinity Washington University
- Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania
*The TCOM program will come to a close in 2013/14 and applications are no longer being accepted for this program.
- Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WI
The mission of the program is to prepare the IT leaders of tomorrow.
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University
The flagship educational experience offered by Johns Hopkins University in the area of information security and assurance is represented by the Master...
- Madison, SDMadison, SD
Dakota State University
The Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) prepares graduates to protect an organization's information assets.
- Campbell, AustraliaCampbell, Australia
The Master of Cyber Security is designed for postgraduate scholars who wish to gain a more detailed understanding of the technical skills and expertise relevant to the technical implementation and leadership of the cyber security function.