What Are the 3 Top Cyber Security Schools?

If you have a strong interest in maintaining national, corporate or institutional information security, you may find some good program options in cyber security at one of the following top schools. Schools offering Computer Forensics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

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

You'll probably want a school highly rated for computer science. The best schools receive project or research funding from businesses and government security agencies. They also offer cyber security-related interdisciplinary centers to facilitate advanced research and interaction among government and industry practitioners, computer scientists and electrical engineers. Top programs also offer internship and research opportunities. Some have international study options.

What Are Three Top Cyber Security Schools?

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, PA

CMU's graduate program in computer science tied for first place in a 2014 national rankings list from U.S. News & World Report (www.usnews.com). The following year, the graduate program ranked sixth in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (www.arwu.org).

A campus-wide Meeting of the Minds symposium, an undergraduate research journal, independent study options and senior thesis projects encourage undergraduate research. The College of Computer Science offers international student exchange programs or study abroad in France or Germany.

CMU's CyLab was created to advance graduate training and research in computer security. Students can participate in research funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) CyberTrust grant. You can also help businesses solve their data security problems through the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Laboratory and Data Privacy Laboratory.

CyLab graduate students may select Master of Science in Information Technology programs through the College of Engineering's Information Networking Institute (INI). You may choose mobility, information security or software management degree concentrations. The information security program could involve study in Japan or Portugal. Related degrees follow.

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Information Technology--Mobility
  • Master of Science in Information Technology--Information Security
  • Master of Science in Information Networking
  • Master of Science in Information Security
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge

Along with CMU, MIT also tied for first in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 rankings for graduate computer science programs. In the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, MIT was second for computer science.

If you'd like to combine studies with intervals of sponsored work, you could join the Master of Engineering Thesis Program. Students partner with industry mentors to participate in summer internships with the Lincoln Laboratory. This lab was established with federal funding to focus on national security issues, such as cyber and communications systems security. Lincoln also maintains a U.S. Department of Defense networking library.

You might also join the lab's research projects, internships and technical seminars as an undergraduate. Other campus facilities include the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Some of the available degree programs follow.

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of Maryland (UM) in College Park

UM tied for 15th among graduate computer science programs, according to U.S. News & World Report's rankings for 2014. The school ranked 16th for computer science in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

As an undergraduate, you could qualify for the Honors College's Gemstone program or Computer Science Honors program. Gemstone is a collaborative learning community requiring additional coursework and submission of a multidisciplinary team project. The Honors program requires an honors research thesis and offers access to faculty computer science research projects and undergraduate research grants.

The Maryland Cybersecurity Center is an interdepartmental initiative designed to prepare students for cyber careers. The center uses undergraduate and graduate internships, scholarship programs and corporate partnerships to educate students in areas ranging from network and software security to forensics, cryptography, attacker behavior analysis and supply chain security. Research opportunities are also available to you at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. The following degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy

Ten Top Cyber Security Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
University of Texas at San Antonio4-year, PublicSan Antonio, TX
Norwich University4-year, PrivateNorthfield, VT
Mississippi State University4-year, PublicMississippi State, MS
Syracuse University4-year, PrivateSyracuse, NY
Purdue University4-year, PublicWest Lafayette, IN
University of Southern California4-year, PrivateLos Angeles, CA
University of Pitsburgh4-year, PublicPittsburgh, PA
George Mason University4-year, PublicFairfax, VA
West Chester University of Pennsylvania4-year, PublicWest Chester, PA
United States Military Academy4-year, PublicWest Point, NY

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