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Computing Security
Master of Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Graduate Program Contact Sumita Mishra

Enhance your career and keep pace with the rapidly changing cybersecurity field. 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.

RIT has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education and Research by National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

The curriculum consists of the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters® program, six additional online courses and a capstone course through RIT Online.

Minimum technical requirements:

  • A modern web browser with Javascript enabled (recent IE, Chrome or Firefox)
  • A desktop or laptop computer with a webcam
  • Minimal network latency to RIT's Main Campus (200ms or less). To test latency, ping or
  • Price

    $1,129 per credit hour (2019-20)

    $1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)

  • Duration 30 credit hours required; A student could finish the program in 2.5 years.
  • Courses
  • Application Requirements

    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 RIT Online course start date.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in computing security program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree in computing security, computer science, software engineering, information technology, networking, computer engineering, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, or computer engineering technology (exceptional students from other fields may be admitted on a contingent basis) from an accredited institution,
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
    • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation, and
    • Official scores from the GRE are required for individuals with degrees from international universities
    • A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based) are required.  Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic)  are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic 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.
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.