Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Computing Security MS

Program Overview

The Computing Security department at Rochester Institute of Technology offers a Masters of Science program that focuses on the theoretical, organizational, and applied aspects of computing security. The MS in Computing Security program builds knowledge in many aspects of computing security concepts and practices from the perspective of software engineering, computer science, mobile computing, computer networking, policy and risk management, and systems administration. This innovative program is designed to enable students to understand the theoretical foundations of computing security, to join a team of professionals solving the challenges of ensuring secure computing environments, and to become leaders within their organizations in the implementation of computing security and information assurance policies and practices.  Alternately, this program can prepare students for further academic study and careers in either academia or research.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 40 students are enrolled in the Computing Security Masters degree program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Cooperative education assignments are optional for graduate students.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $26.02                     $15.00 - $52.00
BS:           $64,251                   $55,000 - $130,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Upon completion of the graduate program, successful students will have acquired the necessary skills to protect computer systems from the threats, exposures and risks, possible through unauthorized access in today’s networked computer environment, 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, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with other security and computing professionals, 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, maintenance and appropriateness in computer networks, and evaluate ethical controversies and use various decision-making approaches for resolving ethical dilemmas in complex situations.


RIT is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

RIT has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security since 2006.

Equipment & Facilities

Our students have access to hundreds of computers that are distributed over several specialty labs inside and outside the department. These labs include: the Security Lab, the Air-gapped Lab, the Networking Lab, the Systems Administration Lab, the Projects/Trouble Shooting Lab, the programming labs and the database labs. Each of these facilities is fully equipped with high performance desktop machines and makes extensive use of virtualization technologies to provide a wide variety of operating system environments.  In addition, the labs have a full array of networking equipment from a variety of vendors. The networking labs are also equipped with wireless access points with 802.11a,b,g, and n protocols, layer 3 switches, as well as network simulation, network data capture and virtualization software. The security lab includes a full assortment of firewalls, IDS, VPN bundles, layer 3 switches, routers, digital forensics software, and various other pieces of security related software. The air-gapped lab has a standalone cloud infrastructure along with six cabinets of servers and network devices for students to configure their own enterprise networks in cyber defense and attack exercises, and network pentesting projects. Additionally, computing security students have access to commercial grade enterprise security produces such as IBM QRadar SIEM suit, McAfee ePO suit, Splunk, etc., and forensics tools such as EnCase, FTK, etc.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Alliance Bernstein, Amazon (Computing Security), Cigital, Inc., Cisco Systems Inc, Dell SecureWorks, Federal Government, FireEye, Inc., Fortinet, Inc., Hurricane Labs, Kaleida Health, Paychex Inc, Paypal, phia, LLC, Sony Electronics, Southwest Airlines, Symantec Corporation, University of Rochester  - Center for Research Computing, VF Corporation, Wegmans Food Markets Inc, Yahoo!, Inc.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in hiring RIT co-ops, graduating students or alumni. We will make every effort to ensure your recruiting endeavor is a success. Call our office and ask to speak with Michelle Magee, the career services coordinator who works with the Computing Security program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at

Michelle A. Magee, Sr. Associate Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7824
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603