Master of Science in Cybersecurity in Computer Science

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity in Computer Science is designed to meet the fast-growing need for technical cybersecurity experts in national and international organizations, both in the public and private sectors.

With GW's central location in the nation's capital, students can expect to acquire up-to-date skills in protecting computer systems from cyberattacks, while also learning the policy implications of such techniques.

Students take a combination of core courses focusing on the design and analysis of algorithms, computer architectures and advanced software paradigms. These are combined with courses on security (ex. applied cryptography, computer network defense, etc.) and elective courses chosen based on the student's interests.

This program has given GW the honor of being designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency. This recognition uniquely qualifies students for internships, scholarships and job opportunities with the U.S. government in the cybersecurity field.

Program Requirements

  • Credit hours: 30
  • Thesis options: Thesis and non-thesis options available.
    • Thesis Option: 
      • Coursework will be replaced by research credit courses.
      • Master’s Thesis Advisor and Co-advisor(s): Every Master’s thesis must be supervised by a faculty advisor who must be (1) a regular full-time faculty member of GW with a primary or secondary appointment in the CS Department, or (2) a research faculty member of the CS Department. Besides the thesis advisor, an MS student can have one or more co-advisor(s), who may be full-time or part-time faculty at GW, or professionals from outside the university. Co-advisors are expected to hold at least a Master’s degree.

    • Non-Thesis Option: Additional coursework will fill the remaining credit hours.
  • Duration: Two years (full-time) or three years (part-time)

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Program Requirements

Scholarship Opportunity

GW's Partnership in Securing Cyberspace through Education and Service (PISCES) program offers domestic applicants full scholarships and living expenses to study cybersecurity at the master's level. Learn more about the program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in any field, but some programming experience preferred.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent achieved on the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work.
  • Successful submission of online application form, exam scores and other documents as outlined in the admissions requirements.

Professional Outcomes

Get further insights into the career options and outcomes for students and alumni of the Cybersecurity program.

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