Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Computing Security MS

Program Overview

Develop a solid foundation in cyber security as you understand how integrated systems are designed and developed, and the leadership skills that are paramount for guiding an industry that’s still exploring its role and impact in society.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 53 students are enrolled

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 2 blocks, 15 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: fall through summer

Salary Information

Co-op:     $23.33            $15.00 - $45.00
MS:          $84,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.


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

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.

Job Titles

DevOps and Security Engineer, Technology Analyst, Cyberphysical Systems Engineer, Incidence Response Consultant, Network Systems Engineer, Security Analyst

Significant Points

  • RIT is a top 100 National University:
  • We have a dedicated department for Computing Security, being the first university in the U.S. to offer an academic department devoted entirely to the field (,
  • inside a dedicated college for Computing and Information Sciences (
  • We are designated a Center of Academic Excellence in both Research and Education by NSA/DHS:
  • We have a dedicated Center for Cybersecurity which partners with industry leaders to understand cybersecurity needs and serves as a hub for various research projects:
  • The Center has major RIT support (over $2M):
  • RIT just received a $50M gift, of which $20M goes to cybersecurity:
  • We created the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition and now host the National event (NCPTC):

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

GreyCastle Security, JPMorgan Chase, Kodak Alaris, MITRE, National Security Agency, Oracle America, Raytheon, Securonix, Veritas Technologies, LLC, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.