Rochester Institute of Technology

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Computing Security MS

Program Overview

There is critical importance to building security and survivability into the hardware and software of computing systems as they are designed and developed, rather than trying to add it on once these systems have been designed, developed, and installed. The MS in computing security gives students an understanding of the technological and ethical roles of computing security in today's society and its importance across the breadth of computing disciplines. This cybersecurity masters enables students to develop a strong theoretical and practical foundation in secure computing, preparing them for leadership positions in the computing security industry, academia, or research careers, or to pursue a more advanced degree in a computing discipline.

The program is designed for students who have an undergraduate computing degree in an area such as computing security, computer science, information technology, networking, or software engineering, as well as those who have a strong background in a field in which computers are applied, such as computer or electrical engineering. The program is offered online and on campus.

The curriculum consists of three required core courses, up to 6 technical electives (depending on the capstone option chosen), and a thesis, project, or capstone course for a total of 30 semester credit hours.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 333 students are enrolled in this program.

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:     $18.86                     $8.00 - $43.50
BS:          $64,251                   $42,000 - $160,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

End of the Second Academic Year:
Basic computer and network security awareness as well as exposure to security policy and legal issues.  Strong programming skills in various computing language including Scripting, Python, Java, C/C++. Direct experience in a variety of computing environments on multiple platforms, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Basic system administration functions, including account creation and management.
During the Third and Fourth Academic Year:
Intermediate to advanced computing security techniques associated various focused specialty areas such as System and Network Security, Digital Forensics, Malware Analysis, Security Software Development, and Database Security.


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 Information Assurance/Cyber Defense by National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Equipment & Facilities

Our students have access to hundreds of computers which are distributed over several specialty labs. These labs include: the Networking Lab, the Systems Administration Lab, the Projects/Trouble Shooting Lab, the Digital Forensics Lab, the air-gapped Security Lab, the programming labs and the database labs. Each of these facilities is fully equipped with high performance desktop machines and make 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 labs are also equipped with wireless access points with 802.11a,b,g,n protocols, layer 3 switches, as well as network simulation, network data capture and virtualization software. To complement these labs, the department has accesses to twelve “Roll-Around” racks equipped with twenty-four layer three switches and sixteen layer two switches and image servers which allow students to save their work in progress as well as select from a wide variety of operating systems. 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.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Apple Inc., Blackrock, BOCES Monroe #2, Box Inc., Brand Networks Inc., Cisco SF, Cisco Systems Inc., CliftonLarsonAllen, Coalfire Systems, Corning Inc., Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, Datto Inc., DENTSPLY International, Draper Laboratory, EarthLink Business, Eastman Kodak, FactSet Research Systems Inc., General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Global Printing (Global Thinking), Global Response, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM Corp, iCardiac Technologies Inc., IDI Billing Solutions, Innovative Systems, Inc., Interactive Intelligence Inc., ITT Exelis,  JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Mutual, LinkedIn, Mediancom Communications Corp., Metlife, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Security Agency, Northrop Grumman, NYS Unified Court System, Oceana Inc., Palantir Technologies, Parsons, PASCO Building Automation Systems, Paychex, Phoenix Energy Supply, Ponte Technologies, PPL Corporation, Pro-Mold Inc., Quanterion Solutions Inc., Raytheon, Reliant Security, RIT – Information Security Office, RIT – ITS/Technical Support, Rochester General Health System, Southwest Airlines, Symantec Corporation, Syracuse University, Systems Management Planning Inc., The Hershey Company, Time Inc., Trustwave, University of Rochester  - Center for Research Computing, University of Rochester Medical Center – Information Systems Division, UTC Aerospace Systems, Verizon Wireless, Wayfair, Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Wilmorite Management Group LLC, Wyman Gordon

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, Career Services Coordinator
Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
RIT . Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY 14623-5603
585.475.2301; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 01 August 2019 Posted in Computing and Information Sciences