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Cybersecurity MS

Earn a cybersecurity master’s degree at RIT, recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

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

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

Synopsys Inc.; Draper Labs; Amazon; Undisclosed Security Organization; U.S. Army Cyber Institute; U.S. Air Force; Roku, Inc.; Paychex Inc.; Palo Alto Networks; MongoDB; Meta (formerly Facebook); Martin's Point Health Care; Mandiant FireEye; KPMG LLP; Google; General Dynamics Mission Systems; Garnet River; Garmin; CyFlare; Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); Cybereason; Arista Networks


Outcome Rates for Cybersecurity MS

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 96.43%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 96.43%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

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