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Computing Security MS

In this cyber security master's degree, you'll develop a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills you need to protect and defend information systems from cyber attacks. 

Program skills

Students work with systems from the threats, exposures and risks, possible through unauthorized access in today’s networked computer environment. They outline and apply appropriate methods and mechanisms that can be used to protect enterprise data to help manage the risk of unauthorized data access, data tampering, or theft. MS students research security issues, synthesize the information, and communicate the results of the research to business and computing professionals, design and analyze basic cryptographic algorithms and protocols, evaluate security mechanisms in terms of their effectiveness, and evaluate ethical controversies and use various decision-making approaches for resolving ethical dilemmas in complex situations.

Program facilities equipment

RIT students have access to hundreds of computers which are distributed over several specialty labs. These labs include: Security Lab, Air-Gap Lab, Networking Lab, the Systems Administration Lab, programming labs and database labs.

Program job titles reported

Associate Detection and Response Engineer; Backend Developer; Cyber Defense Solutions Engineer; Cyber Security Analyst; Cyber Security Consultant; GRC Consultant; Incident Response Analyst; Information Technology Analyst; Security Engineer; Systems Engineer

Select program hiring partners

Alarm.com, Bently Systems, CyFlare, Expel, Indeed, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LenelS2, MITRE Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Palo Alto Networks, Paychex, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Raytheon Technologies, RIT - Computing Security Department, RIT - Information Security, Security Risk Advisors, Securonix, Synopsys, The Aerospace Corporation, U.S. Department of Defense


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 91.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 4.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 91.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 4.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the computing security MS degree.