School and Ranking Information
There are two schools where students can find cyber security programs in Pittsburgh. One is a large private university, while the other is a public community college. The best school in the city for cyber security training based on rankings, program level offering and student services is as follows:
- Winner: Carnegie Mellon University is a top-ranked private, non-profit university in Pittsburgh that offers graduate degrees in information security at its main campus in Pittsburgh and abroad.
School Info Chart
|Category||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Rankings||Tied at #25 for National Universities (2015); #1 for Graduate Computer Science (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year, private non-profit|
|Average Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$39,516**|
|Information Security Degrees Offered||Master's|
|Information Security Degrees Awarded in 2013||76**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||88%**|
|Noteworthy||CMU has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education, Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Cyber Operations.|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
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Carnegie Mellon University
- Students who enroll in CMU's master's in information security are eligible to apply for the federal CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, which provides tuition funds in exchange for government service
- The Information Networking Institute at CMU was the first research center in the country dedicated to the discipline
- The median annual starting salary for 2014 information security master's graduates is over $100,000
Carnegie Mellon University is made up of seven schools and colleges and has more than 125 research centers. Additionally, CMU has over 12 degree-granting locations and many research partnerships all over the world. For students interested in studying cyber security, the College of Engineering hosts two research institutes, CyLab and the Information Networking Institute (INI).
CMU's INI offers a Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS). This program includes courses on information security risk analysis, secure software and network security. The MSIS has a thesis option as well as a non-thesis option that presents fulfillment choices such as a course, project or practicum in the field. This program has a design that allows for completion of requirements in 16 months' time.
The INI also offers a dual Master of Science in Information Technology and Information Security in partnership with the University of Hyogo in Kobe, Japan. The program takes two years to complete and students take courses at both universities.