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What will I learn?

There is critical importance to building security and survivability into the hardware and software of computing systems as they are designed and developed, rather than trying to add it on once these systems have been designed, developed, and installed. The MS in computing security gives students an understanding of the technological and ethical roles of computing security in today's society and its importance across the breadth of computing disciplines. This cybersecurity masters enables students to develop a strong theoretical and practical foundation in secure computing, preparing them for leadership positions in the computing security industry, academia, or research careers, or to pursue a more advanced degree in a computing discipline.

The cyber security master's program is designed for students who have an undergraduate computing degree in an area such as computing security, computer science, information technology, networking, or software engineering, as well as those who have a strong background in a field in which computers are applied, such as computer or electrical engineering. The program is offered online and on campus.

The curriculum consists of three required core courses, up to six technical electives (depending on the capstone option chosen), and a thesis, project, or capstone course.


Students can develop a specialization in one of several security-related areas by selecting technical electives under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Students are required to choose up to six technical electives.

Which department am I in?

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$52,092.00 per year
USD $52,092 is for 12-18 Credit Hours; USD $39,098 for 9 Credit Hours
Start date

9 January 2023


Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

20 Lomb Memorial Drive,


New York,

14623, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible to apply for any RIT graduate program you must hold (or be in anticipation of) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.

For international students

Applicants must have

  • a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in computing security, computer science, software engineering, information technology, networking, computer engineering, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, or computer engineering technology (exceptional students from other fields may be admitted on a contingent basis).
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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