Top Information Security Schools

You can earn a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy or Professional Graduate Certificate in Computer Science or Engineering. Learn about three of the top information security schools, area specilizations and the opportunities to network with professionals in the field. Review a list of ten additional nationally ranked schools offering degrees in information security. Schools offering Computer Forensics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Information Security School?

The best information security schools should have research opportunities that allow you to put your security knowledge to use and meet with industry professionals. The National Security Agency (NSA) designates colleges and universities that have met certain criteria as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). All three schools listed below are designated as CAE schools. Top information security schools should have computer department faculty members who specialize in some form of information security.

Three Top Information Security Schools

Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta

The graduate computer science programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) were ranked ninth in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2014. The Georgia Tech Information Security Center has faculty members who specialize in a variety of subjects, including computer environment security, cryptography, intrusion detection and distributed systems security. Georgia Tech features a security summit that is designed to find solutions to new information security threats. This summit is comprised of faculty members from a number of departments who work closely with industry professionals.

The Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory is housed within the Georgia Tech Research Institute and has research divisions in information systems, control mission assurance and network vulnerability. The undergraduate computer science program has an option for you to conduct information security research. Georgia Tech offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Information Security
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer Science

Princeton University in New Jersey

Princeton University was ranked as the number eight computer science graduate school in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2014. The Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton addresses a range of security-related topics, including browser security, electronic voting and secure Web collaboration. The computer science faculty members have information security research interests, such as cryptography, computer security and secure cloud computing. Princeton also features the Secure Network Systems group and the Secure Research Group.

Security-related courses offered in the computer science programs at Princeton include cryptography, information security and information retrieval. The master's program in engineering allows you to choose a focus-area of computer science through your selection of courses. You can find information security specialties in the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science Engineering in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

University of Washington in Seattle

The computer science graduate program at the University of Washington (UW) was ranked number six in 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report. UW's Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) offers security research opportunities in mobile security, network security, Web security and censorship. The Security and Privacy Research Lab has published numerous security articles. Alumni from the Security and Privacy Research Lab have gone on to work at a variety of companies, including Microsoft and Google. A number of faculty members focus their research in information security-related topics, such as computer privacy, data security and systems security.

The CSE Department offers study abroad options in Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. With the exceptions of the 5-year B.S./M.S. joint-degree program and the part-time professional master's program, you can only obtain a master's degree as part of the Ph.D. program. You can pursue the following degrees:

  • Certificate in Information Security and Risk Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

More Top Computer Security Schools

College/University Institution TypeLocation
George Mason University 4-year, Public Fairfax, VA
University of Maryland-University College4-year, PublicAdelphi, MD
Pennsylvania State University 4-year, Public University Park, PA
Rochester Institute of Technology4-year, Private Rochester, NY
Towson University4-year, Public Towson, MD
University of Texas at San Antonio4-year, Public San Antonio, TX
SUNY University at Buffalo 4-year, Public Buffalo, NY
University of Dallas4-year, Public Irving, TX
University of Virginia 4-year, Public Charlottesville, VA
Syracuse University 4-year, Private Syracuse, NY

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