Earn Your Master's Degree in Cybersecurity Online

The UC Berkeley School of Information’s (I School) Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) is an accredited online program that prepares students with the cybersecurity skills needed to assume leadership positions in private-sector technology companies as well as government and military organizations.

Our holistic approach to cybersecurity develops students’ understanding of information security technologies as well as the economic, legal, behavioral, and ethical impacts of cybersecurity. Students graduate as competitive candidates in the job market with connections to UC Berkeley alumni and professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area technology hub.

 

A Leadership-Focused Curriculum

The interdisciplinary MICS curriculum provides students hands-on practical experience with secure systems and applications, an understanding of the legal requirements associated with cybersecurity, and the ability to lead, manage, and contribute to building cybersecurity solutions.

Students master core technical skills and become fluent in the business, political, and legal context of cybersecurity. They can expect to graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the following:

  • Secure coding
  • Government and national security
  • Network and web security
  • Usable privacy and security
  • Cryptography
  • Operating system security
  • Security in context: legal, behavioral, and ethical issues
  • Privacy engineering
  • Cyber risk

The curriculum includes the following courses:

Beyond the Code:
Cybersecurity in Context

Network Security

Secure Programming

Cryptography for Cyber
and Network Security

Operating System Security

Managing Cyber Risk

Government, National Security,
and the Fifth Domain

Usable Privacy and Security

Introduction to Privacy Engineering

The online MICS program is nine courses (27 units) and can be completed in 20 months. Students complete foundation courses, electives, and a capstone project. They also attend one in-person immersion on the UC Berkeley campus or in another location relevant to cybersecurity.

The curriculum includes the following courses:

Cryptography

Secure Coding

Cybersecurity in legal, political, and economic context

Network and web security

Operating systems security

Managing cyber risk

Cyber law, ethics, and privacy

Cyber offense and defense

Cybersecurity economics

Featured Courses

Cryptography for Cyber and Network Security

Students learn about the mathematical and practical foundations of cryptography and the many different cryptosystems.

Operating System
Security

Students compare approaches to security taken among several modern operating systems and learn techniques for establishing trust across a set of interoperating systems.

Introduction to Privacy Engineering

Students survey privacy mechanisms applicable to systems engineering, with a particular focus on the inference threat arising due to advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Featured Courses

Cryptography for Cyber and Network Security

Students learn about the mathematical and practical foundations of cryptography and the many different cryptosystems.

Operating System Security

Students compare approaches to security taken among several modern operating systems and learn techniques for establishing trust across a set of interoperating systems.

Introduction to Privacy Engineering

Students survey privacy mechanisms applicable to systems engineering, with a particular focus on the inference threat arising due to advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Become an Expert in Cybersecurity

Earn Your Master of Information and Cybersecurity Online

Meet the Dean, AnnaLee “Anno” Saxenian

“UC Berkeley’s position in Silicon Valley places us at the forefront of technology and innovation, as well as the challenges they present. The I School is committed to promoting security and ethics in the growing tech industry through the education of leaders who can conquer today’s toughest problems in cybersecurity. We expect graduates of our cybersecurity program to lead the way in changing how organizations collect, analyze, and protect information.”
 

Why a Master’s in Cybersecurity from UC Berkeley?

UC Berkeley is where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions, and improve the world. Our MICS program does more than create experts in information security technologies; it shapes leaders who understand the implications of cybersecurity across all industries and want to drive the future of innovation in cybersecurity.

The Master of Information and Cybersecurity program is housed in UC Berkeley’s I School, where research explores the implications of information and technology becoming increasingly embedded in all aspects of the human experience.

UC Berkeley’s proximity to Silicon Valley also places us at the center of the world’s technology innovation hub. Designed for the online platform, the interdisciplinary MICS curriculum is developed by faculty from the I School and the College of Engineering to bring a Berkeley education to students around the world.

Interactive Online Learning

Students in the online master’s in cybersecurity program attend classes and complete course work online. The program features:

  • Live online classes taught by I School and College of Engineering faculty
  • Self-paced course content accessible 24/7
  • In-person immersions with classmates and faculty
  • Personalized support from admission to graduation
  • Career resources, including personalized coaching, job-search tools, industry connections, and company visits
  • MICS for Life, which grants students access to updated course content, research, and other UC Berkeley resources in the I School Virtual Campus long after graduation

I School Community

The I School is a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. We are dedicated to preparing our students with the skills needed to design and understand the systems that will shape the way humans live and interact in the future.

This requires the insights of scholars from varied fields — information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy. We bring together this diverse group of faculty to teach the online MICS curriculum and to prepare students from around the world to become leaders in the field of cybersecurity.

Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is a research hub housed at the I School. Founded with a grant from the Hewlett Foundation in 2015, the center seeks to create dialogue among industry, academia, policy makers, and practitioners around a future-oriented conceptualization of cybersecurity. The CLTC serves as a resource for students and faculty interested in cybersecurity and is committed to bringing practitioners and scholars to campus for an ongoing dialogue about cybersecurity.

Global Alumni Network

As of 2017, I School alumni are working in 35 states and 39 countries around the world. They can be found in all industries, from traditional to emerging, as well as in public service and academia. Alumni are engaged and involved in the I School community, both on campus and worldwide.

Gain the Skills Needed to Shape the
Future of Cybersecurity

Earn Your Master of Information and Cybersecurity Online

 

Requirements for the Master’s in Cybersecurity Online Program

When evaluating applicants, we consider both qualitative and quantitative factors to determine if they can meet the demand of the rigorous MICS program. This includes:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score — required
  • Academic course work and performance
  • Work experience
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of recommendation

View additional application requirements.

What Can You Do with a Master’s in Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity’s growth is turning it into a massive market with an increased demand for skilled cybersecurity labor. Due to constant evolution and escalation of threats, cybersecurity has become one of the most important and exciting career fields of the 21st century.

The 2017 Center for Cyber Safety and Education report projects
that there will be a global cybersecurity talent shortage of
1.8 million professionals by 2022. 1

The cybersecurity industry is met with the challenge of not only filling the growing demand and talent shortage but with finding highly skilled professionals who can be trusted to effectively protect information systems. This creates an opportunity for graduates of the MICS program to enter the in-demand market as competitive cybersecurity experts.

 

Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity

No organization that operates online can ignore cybersecurity. With cyber threats growing and constantly changing, businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations are making significant investments in cyber defenses and hiring increasingly large numbers of cybersecurity professionals. As a result, the employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent in computer systems design and related services from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is four times the average growth rate for all other occupations. 2

MICS graduates are poised to enter this market in leadership roles with the requisite multifunctional skill sets and strong network provided by the MICS program.

Cybersecurity Salaries

Cybersecurity workers can earn an average of 13 percent more than other IT workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 3 As cyber and information professionals gain more education and experience, the compensation numbers become even more attractive, as shown by the CareerOneStop median salaries for the following positions: 4

$104,650
Computer network architect

$107,600
Software developer

$139,220
Computer information systems manager

Events

Learn more about the program and meet MICS faculty during online or in-person events.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply by December 11 to begin classes in May.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants should have a strong computational background and a desire to become a specialized professional in the field of cybersecurity.

Fill the Skilled Cybersecurity Professional Shortage

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4CareerOneStop.com. Accessed July 2018.