GRADUATE-LEVEL CREDENTIAL OPTIONS
Build on your Cybersecurity MicroMasters® program certificate

After earning the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters program certificate, students are eligible to apply to RIT’s Master of Science in Computing Security program. If accepted, students with the MicroMasters program certificate will be awarded 9 credit hours towards their degree requirements. This allows learners to accelerate their degree completion and pursue an academic credential at a reduced overall cost.

Students can select from the Advanced Certificate in Cybersecurity, the Master of Science degree in Computing Security or the Master of Science degree in Professional Studies.

  • ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN CYBERSECURITY

    This advanced certificate in cybersecurity provides the fundamental knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics necessary for information assurance in networked environments. Students learn to make computers and networks resistant to attack by closing off vulnerabilities and by monitoring intrusions. The application of forensics allows successful attacks on computer systems to be detected. This involves gathering information on the nature and extent of the attack for presentation in a court of law, as well as assessing the extent of the damage to an organization.

    Courses The Advanced Certificate in cybersecurity consists of 12 credit hours.

    RITx MicroMasters in Cybersecurity (9 credits equivalency)

    • Includes successfully completing the verified path in CYBER501x Cybersecurity Fundamentals, CYBER502x Computer Forensics, CYBER503x Cybersecurity Risk Management, CYBER504x Network Security and the final capstone.

    RIT Courses (3 credits)

    • An elective course to be planned with your RIT academic advisor (3 credits).
    Duration A full-time student could finish the program in 1 year, and a part-time student could complete the program in 2 years. It all depends on how many courses a student takes each session. Please contact us to learn more about your options or if you are ready to get started, apply now.

  • MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTING SECURITY

    After earning the RITx MicroMasters program certificate, students are eligible to apply for admission to RIT’s Master of Science in Computing Security program through the standard admission process. If accepted into the program, students who have successfully completed the verified MicroMasters program will be awarded nine credit hours towards their degree requirements. This allows learners to accelerate their degree completion and pursue an academic credential at a reduced overall cost.

    The Computing Security Master of Science program is designed for individuals whose undergraduate major or minor was in a computing specific discipline which included a solid theoretical foundation as well as those who have a strong background in a field to which computers are applied, such as Engineering, Science, Technology, or Mathematics. The Cybersecurity MicroMasters program is a step towards entry into this program.

    Specifically, students will need discrete mathematics, one year of calculus, and one year of computer programming (in any language). Students applying without these fundamental skills may need to complete additional bridge study to ensure that they have the prerequisite knowledge necessary for success. he exact bridge courses will be determined as part of the admission process. Networking and systems administration fundamentals are covered within the Cybersecurity MicroMasters program.

    This 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.

    The Master of Science in Computing Security degree consists of 30 credit hours.

    RITx MicroMasters in Cybersecurity (9 credits equivalency)

    • Includes successfully completing the verified path in CYBER501x Cybersecurity Fundamentals, CYBER502x Computer Forensics, CYBER503x Cybersecurity Risk Management, CYBER504x Network Security and CYBER525x the edX MicroMasters capstone.

    RIT Courses (21 credits)

    • 3 core courses (9 credits) consisting of Research Methods, Cryptography, Enterprise Security
    • 2 or 3 elective courses depending upon the capstone option chosen, to develop breadth and depth in security topics of individual interest (6-9 credits)
    • The MS Computing Security capstone experience: a thesis (6 credits), a project (3 credits), or a capstone course (3 credits) (Note: this is different from the edX MicroMasters Capstone course.)

    After completing the MicroMasters program, a full-time student could complete the MS program coursework in one year, and a part-time student could complete the coursework in two years. It all depends on how many courses a student takes each session. The MS Computing Security is offered online and on campus. Please contact us to learn more about your options or if you are ready to get started, apply now.

  • MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

    The Professional Studies program is specifically designed to assist professionals and students to create a customized plan of study comprised of two or three areas tailored to their educational or career objectives. Students completing the RITx MicroMasters in Cybersecurity will have cybersecurity as one of these areas of study. Students will design one or two additional areas of study with an academic advisor. The degree is completed with a practical, hands-on project (capstone project) directly related to the student’s individualized plan of study.

    Courses The Master of Science in Professional Studies degree consists of 33 credit hours.

    RITx MicroMasters in Cybersecurity (9 credits equivalency)

    • Includes successfully completing the verified path in CYBER501x Cybersecurity Fundamentals, CYBER502x Computer Forensics, CYBER503x Cybersecurity Risk Management, CYBER504x Network Security and the final capstone.

    RIT Courses (24 credits)

    • 6 remaining courses, in one or two areas of study, to be planned with your RIT academic advisor (18 credits)
    • Capstone Proposal Seminar (0 credit)
    • Capstone Project (3 credits)
    • Context and Trends (3 credits)

    RIT courses are available online or on campus.

    Duration A full-time student could finish the program in 2 years, and a part-time student could complete the program in 4 years. It all depends on how many courses a student takes each session. Please contact us to learn more about your options or if you are ready to get started, apply now.

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  • Admission to RIT

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    Candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • Knowledge of computing networking and system administration and introductory knowledge of computing security,
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average or a first class degree from a foreign university),
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
    • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation,
    • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams. Students must achieve the following minimum scores prior to consideration for admission: 570 paper-based or 88 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL or IELTS exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales.
    • While GRE scores are not required, they are strongly recommended for applicants seeking admission whose undergraduate GPA is less than required. Relevant work experience can also strengthen a candidate's application for admission.
    • Students whose undergraduate preparation or employment experience does not satisfy the prerequisites required for the program may make up deficiencies through additional study. A successful completion of the RITx MicroMasters in Cybersecurity will fulfill some of the prerequisite knowledge for the Master of Science in Computing Security degree program.