The MICS Student Experience

Online Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) students become full members of the UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) community. Through interactive online learning, face-to-face discussions, and in-person experiences, students become equipped with the tools needed to join and help shape the evolving field of cybersecurity.

Online Learning Environment

The MICS program features lectures and course work designed by I School faculty and expertly converted into an online format.

Live Classes

Students form close relationships with their classmates and instructors in small, face-to-face, weekly video lectures capped at 18 students. During class, students discuss the weekly course work and participate in group problem-solving.

Course Work

Students complete self-paced course work that prepares them for the weekly lecture. Course content includes dynamic videos, interactive case studies, self-paced lectures, and collaborative activities that foster teamwork.

Mobile App

Students can access all course work and live lectures online or on the mobile app. Through the mobile app, they will also have access to recorded lectures, networking tools, and student support resources.

In-Person Connections

Immersion Experience

During the immersion experience, MICS students will meet faculty and peers in person on the UC Berkeley campus or in other locations relevant to cybersecurity. This is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the growing cybersecurity field and gain exposure to industry experts.

Each three- to four-day immersion is crafted to deliver additional learning, networking, and community-building opportunities. MICS students will:

  • Attend lectures, workshops, and conferences
  • Participate in networking events with industry leaders
  • Attend “tech treks” and visit leading cybersecurity companies
  • Participate in leadership seminars
  • Explore host cities with classmates

Relationships with Industry Leaders

Students join a community of diverse classmates who work in a wide range of industries across the globe. They form strong connections with UC Berkeley faculty, including tenured professors, postdoctoral scholars, and leading industry practitioners who teach on campus and who are dedicated to remaining accessible to students throughout their careers.

Form Lasting Connections in the Field of Cybersecurity

Develop relationships while learning through the flexible MICS online format.

Student Support

Support for MICS students begins during the application process and continues beyond graduation throughout each student’s career.


All prospective students have a dedicated Admissions Counselor to help guide them throughout the application process. Admissions Counselors are a go-to resource for questions about the program, admissions requirements, and application tips.


Upon enrollment to the program, students are assigned a Student Success Adviser to provide support throughout the program. Enrolled MICS students become full members of the I School community and gain access to all on-campus resources in addition to online resources.


MICS students are invited to participate in the I School graduation ceremony and join the global network of I School alumni, accessible on our I School Connect platform. Students can receive career help from our career services team before and after graduation.

Additional Resources

MICS for Life

In a constantly evolving industry such as cybersecurity, it is crucial for professionals to continue developing their skills throughout their careers. MICS for Life keeps alumni connected to leading cybersecurity practices via world-class MICS course content.

The MICS for Life program offers alumni lifelong access to the I School Virtual Campus, where students can retrieve all previously completed MICS course work and recorded class sessions. Alumni may also view the most up-to-date asynchronous course content, including content for newly released courses, at no charge.

Global WeWork Access

All MICS students receive a free membership to the hundreds of WeWork workspaces located across the globe. Students can use WeWork as a go-to study space, a place to connect with local classmates, and a resource while traveling. This membership includes access to all WeWork amenities, such as:

  • Reliable Wi-Fi
  • Printing and copying
  • Private rooms
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • On-site support

Career Services

Through the services provided by the I School and the connections formed with industry leaders, students graduate ready to succeed in the cybersecurity field.

Career Planning

Our career services team helps students form career plans to reach their goals. This includes finding organizations and roles that fit with students’ interests, developing plans for career advancement, preparing effective resumes and interview skills, and setting up networking opportunities.

Leadership Sessions

Students receive help assessing and developing their leadership skills and potential. The I School offers interactive leadership sessions during the on-campus immersion and webinars to help students refine their career development strategy.

Career Connections

Students have in-person and online opportunities to explore possible career paths within this diverse industry and connect with cybersecurity leaders and employers. The I School job portal and customized resume books are just a few of the tools used to directly connect students with engaging career opportunities.

Experience the UC Berkeley I School from Anywhere

Earn a Master of Information and Cybersecurity online.