The Master of Information and Cybersecurity Delivered Online from UC Berkeley

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 program designed to train students with professional experience for a career in cybersecurity. Delivered online, MICS provides the technical skills and contextual knowledge students need to assume leadership positions in private sector technology companies as well as government and military organizations.

A Leadership-Focused Curriculum

The interdisciplinary MICS curriculum teaches students how to develop solutions for complex cybersecurity challenges. Students will learn how to manage cyber risk in the service of strategic decision making.

The MICS program offers students mastery of core technical skills and fluency in the business, political, and legal context for cybersecurity.

The curriculum focuses on the following topics:


Secure Coding

Cybersecurity in legal, political,
and economic context

Network and web security

Operating systems security

Managing cyber risk

Cyber law, ethics, and privacy

Usable privacy and security

Privacy engineering

The online MICS program is 9 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 other locations.

UC Berkeley's I School

UC Berkeley’s School of Information (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. 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 our online Master of Information and Cybersecurity 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.

A Global Alumni Network

As of 2017, I School alumni are working in 25 states and 32 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.

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.”

Online Learning Experience

MICS students attend classes and complete course work online, so the program can be completed from anywhere in the world. The online program features:

  • Live, online classes taught by I School and College of Engineering faculty
  • Access to dynamic course content on-demand
  • In-person immersions with classmates and faculty
  • Personalized support from admission to graduation
  • Career resources including personalized coaching, job search tools, and industry connections

Why Earn a Cybersecurity Master’s Degree?

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing and most important subfields of information technology. In fact, the cybersecurity company Symantec has projected that the demand for cybersecurity experts will rise to 6 million by 2019, when there will also be a shortfall of 1.5 million qualified professionals.1

Careers 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, cybersecurity jobs are expected to increase by 18 percent through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is more than twice the 7 percent average growth rate for all other occupations.2

Graduates of the MICS program are poised to enter this market in leadership roles, with the program helping them to develop multifunctional skill sets as well as a strong network in the cybersecurity profession.

Graduates in cybersecurity programs may find careers in these roles:

  • Lead software security engineer
  • Global information security director
  • IT security consultant
  • Director of security
  • Lead security engineer
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Chief information security officer


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 October 9, 2018 to begin classes in January 2019.

Admissions Requirements

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

Get Started Today

If you are ready to advance your career in cybersecurity, request information today.


1, viewed August 3, 2017.
2, viewed September 6, 2017.