Top College in Washington, DC, for Information Systems Security Courses

Students pursuing an education in information security in the Washington, D.C. area have several choices to choose from. Read on to learn about the top school's program offerings and student opportunities.

School and Ranking Information

There are nearly 20 schools in the Washington, D.C. area offering courses and degrees in information systems security. Based on its proximity, program offerings, and student services, George Washington University is one of the best schools in the area.

  • Winner: George Washington University has three campuses in and around Washington, D.C.. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs related to information systems security in its School of Engineering and Applied Science. It is ranked in the top 60 national universities for 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.

School Info Chart

Category George Washington University
Rankings Tied #54 among national universities in 2015*
Location Washington, D.C.
School Type 4-year, private
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-14) $47,343**
Information Systems Security Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Post-Graduate certificate
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 81%**
Noteworthy Federal designation as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense - Research***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***George Washington University

George Washington University

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the computer science graduate program 82nd nationally in 2014
  • The school has developed a Portable Education Network (PEN), a mobile computer security lab being replicated at other universities around the country.
  • The Computer Science department has received funding from NSA, NASA, NIH, NIST, NSF, DARPA, and AOL.

George Washington University serves about 25,000 students annually and awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. One of GWU's ten colleges and schools is the School of Engineering and Applied Science, home to the Computer Science Department. The department is committed to education and research in such areas as cyber security, artificial intelligence and medicine and offers several programs related to information systems security.

At the undergraduate level, the school offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a track in computer security and information assurance, which has a core focus on computers, science and math. It's for those who want to become computer security professionals or go to graduate school in computer science. There's also a Bachelor of Arts program with the same track, which combines computer science with another major, such as business or one of the natural sciences.

The Master of Science in Computer Science with a computer security and information assurance prepares students for advanced work in security policies, protocols and cryptography. Participation in research is encouraged; ongoing projects include information warfare and computer forensics. An additional option is to earn a 4-year B.S. or B.A., then take a fifth year to complete a master's degree program; admission to the 5-year program is selective. A Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is also available; it has the same core as the other M.S., but it requires a deeper study in topics such as cryptography, network security and e-commerce security.

The graduate Certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance is designed for working computer science professionals. It allows students to get a comprehensive education in information security without satisfying the master's degree program requirements.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science with a focus in computer security and information assurance is designed for those interested primarily in computer science research. Ongoing projects examine information policy, network security, forensics and information warfare as they relate to private and governmental systems protection. Degree completion requirements include a dissertation, colloquium attendance and a published research paper.

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