Academics Overview

The UC Berkeley School of Information's Master of information and Cybersecurity (MICS) prepares students with the technical, conceptual, and practical skills needed for a professional career in cybersecurity. The program’s curriculum offers a holistic approach to cybersecurity, so students develop technical expertise while gaining an understanding of the behavioral, economic, legal, and ethical concerns that shape security in the digital age.

Courses are developed by faculty from the School of Information (I School) and College of Engineering. Graduates will be prepared to pursue leadership roles in organizations across sectors and industries.

The MICS curriculum includes the following key focus areas:

Secure coding

Network Security

Government and national security

Cryptography

Usable privacy and security

Operating System Security

Cyber risk

Privacy engineering

Security in context: economic, legal, behavioral, and ethical

See the full MICS curriculum here.


Graduates of this program will:

UNDERSTAND THE ETHICAL

and legal requirements associated with cybersecurity and data privacy.

PREPARE TO LEAD, MANAGE

and contribute to building cybersecurity solutions.

KNOW HOW TO BUILD

secure systems and applications.

GAIN HANDS ON

practical cybersecurity experience.

Program Requirements

The MICS program consists of 27 units that can be completed in as few as 20 months. While all courses are delivered online, students are required to attend at least one 3- to 4-day immersion on the UC Berkeley campus, or other relevant locations.