Master of Science in Cybersecurity


One Degree. Three Tracks.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is no longer just a computer programmer’s problem, it touches multiple disciplines, careers and nearly all aspects of society – from public policy to energy management to product design. In a time when connected devices could outnumber humans, there is an urgent need for 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals who can solve a multitude of challenges. Now offered in both on-campus and online formats, you can be part of the solution from anywhere in the world.


Graduate Students Can Pursue 1 of 3 Cybersecurity Tracks

Georgia Tech's on-campus and online Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree offers unique specializations.

Cyber Physical Systems

Hone the security of physical and embedded systems with a particular focus on the energy domain

Sample courses:

  • Smart Grids
  • Power System Protection
  • Cyber-Physical Systems Security


College of Engineering
School of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Georgia Tech offers the largest ECE program in the U.S. with more than 110 faculty, three campuses, 19 research centers and averaging $51-58 million in annual research. ECE is a regular partner to utility and communication providers seeking solutions.



School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
ECE Graduate Office
Faculty Contact: Matthieu Bloch [Email]


Focus on policy, law and the management of cybersecurity and privacy

Sample courses:

  • Internet & Public Policy
  • Challenge of Terrorism
  • Privacy, Technology, Policy & Law


Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
School of Public Policy

The School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech ranks #2 in the nation for Information & Technology Management by U.S. News & World Report and hosts the Internet Governance Project, a hub of analysis and educational activity related to global internet governance.


School of Public Policy
PUBP Graduate Office
Michael Terrell, academic advisor for graduate studies
Faculty Contact: Milton Mueller [Email]

Information Security

Examine security principles and emerging techniques for software, computer systems and networks

Sample courses:

  • Applied Cryptography
  • Network Security
  • Secure Computer Systems


College of Computing
School of Computer Science

First in the U.S. to organize a College of Computing, Georgia Tech's graduate computer science program ranks #9 by U.S. News & World Report and #5 in the world by Times Higher Education. It is among the world's most prolific producers of cybersecurity research accepted at international conferences.



School of Computer Science
SCS Graduate Office 
Tiffany Ntuli, academic assistant
Faculty Contact: Mustaque Ahamad [Email]

How to Make It Happen

  • Choose the Track that most interests you. See All Course Descriptions
  • Apply to the School within Georgia Tech offering your Track. (Admissions requirements and deadlines vary by School.)
  • Take the Core Curriculum of 6 credit hours, plus 3 credits from a Track other than your own, and a 5-credit Practicum Project. 
  • Complete the Specialization Track of four courses, totaling 12 credit hours.
  • Choose two additional electives, totaling 6 credit hours, for a total of 32 credit hours to earn your degree.

Any graduate who successfully completes the above earns the Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Want to Complete Your Degree Online?

Georgia Tech offers the Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (OMS Cybersecurity), in collaboration with edX. This reduced-tuition program, which begins in January 2019, is the only interdisciplinary degree in cybersecurity offered from a university ranked in the top 10 (by U.S. News & World Report) for less than $10,000 tuition. Online students learn from the same faculty and take the same courses as those on campus in Atlanta.


Career Considerations

The top three industries reporting "too few" in their security workforce are healthcare, education and retail, according to a 2015 survey by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Workforce scarcity is increasing salaries worldwide, according to the same report. Roughly 61% of information security workers in the Americas now earn $100,000 or more, up 5% from 2013; while a similar percentage in Europe and Asia-Pacific earn $80,000+, up as much as 13% since 2013.

Earn free tuition to Georgia Tech through the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service program. Students who are U.S. citizens can receive a generous scholarship with internship opportunities in exchange for an agreement to work for the U.S. government in a cybersecurity role after graduation.


Georgia Tech's curriculum meets standards set forth by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cybersecurity faculty at Georgia Tech regularly are called to lead conversations, develop standards or research solutions for organizations including the U.S. Department of Defense, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, global oil and gas companies, transportation, retail and payment providers, and more.

For nearly 20 years, the Georgia Institute of Technology has been a leader in rigorous, cybersecurity degree instruction – the first to establish a College of Computing, among the first to offer a master’s program for cybersecurity, and regularly recognized for top-ranked, comprehensive and pioneering education. Our graduates are some of the most sought after in the world. Come to where we’re Creating the Next®...