UC Berkeley – Online Master’s of Information and Cybersecurity2019-06-18T20:08:55+00:00

University of California​,​ Berkeley – Online Master of Information and Cybersecurity

Program Decription

UC Berkeley’s online Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) addresses the technical aspects of cybersecurity while offering students the opportunity to manage large organizations and develop new, emerging security solutions. The online MICS program is intended to help graduates meet the demand from companies seeking leaders and builders of cybersecurity solutions.

Housed within UC Berkeley’s School of Information (I School), the online MICS degree program addresses both technical and interdisciplinary aspects of cybersecurity, including cryptography, secure programming, web security, operating system security, and network security as well as business models, policy and legal frameworks, national security considerations, and ethical issues.

cybersecurity@berkeley consists of 27 units and is designed for working professionals with a technical background and programming experience who are interested in leading cybersecurity organizations.

Total Credits 27 credit hours
Full-Time vs. Part-Time Full-Time
Time to Complete 20 months
GRE Required? Official GRE or GMAT scores are required (GRE waivers available to applicants with 10+ years of related professional work experience)
Immersion(s) One weekend immersion on-campus in Berkeley, California or another U.S. location relevant to cybersecurity

The UC Berkeley School of Information

UC Berkeley is where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions, and improve the world. Berkeley’s proximity to Silicon Valley also places us at the center of the world’s technology innovation hub. As a multi-disciplinary graduate research and education community, the I School focuses on shaping and developing the digital technologies, policies, and practices that are transforming the world. Faculty and graduate students work together on cutting-edge research in areas ranging from cybersecurity and biosensing to digital humanities and information policy.


cybersecurity@berkeley’s interdisciplinary curriculum is intended to help students develop the advanced technical, conceptual, and practical skills needed for a professional career in cybersecurity. Developed in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the online Master’s of Information and Cybersecurity provides a more holistic view of cybersecurity and is intended for career advancing individuals who are interested in leading cybersecurity organizations.

Students enrolled in UC Berkeley’s online cybersecurity program will attend weekly, live online classes in an intimate seminar-style setting. Students will also have multiple opportunities to visit the Berkeley campus to meet classmates and faculty and gain hands-on training through specially curated cybersecurity lectures and workshops.

Designed for working professionals, students typically complete the 27-credit program over a period of 20 months.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate Requirements: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an average GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Test Scores: GRE/GMAT test scores required, TOEFL scores (if applicable).
  • Completed Application and Required Documentation: Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended; Two letters of recommendation; Current resume; Personal essays including a Statement of Purpose and additional admissions statements.
  • Other Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in programming (preferably C, C++, Java, JavaScript and Python) through work experience or advanced coursework. Applicants should also have an understanding of elementary discrete mathematics, knowledge of foundations of operating systems and computer architecture, a problem-solving mindset, and high quantitative abilities.

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