List of Top Cyber Security Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Learn about the best cyber security programs offered by schools in the United States. Information includes school locations and rankings, program levels and degrees, as well as classes included in the curriculum.

Schools Overview

The following article discusses two of the top schools in the nation to offer cyber security programs of study. The universities have both been ranked by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. While the University of Southern California offers a master's degree in computer security, Iowa State University offers classes to both undergraduate and graduate students. Courses include the management of varying types of computer systems' security as well as information assurance topics. Continue reading for a list of other good schools offering cyber security programs and courses.

Top Cyber Security Schools and Colleges

1. University of Southern California in Los Angeles

In 2010, the Princeton Review listed the University of Southern California among Best Western Colleges. In 2011, the school was ranked 23rd on the list of best universities nationwide by U.S. News and World Report. The computer security specialization is available at the master's degree level. Topics students can learn in this program include:

  • Security technologies and enforcement
  • System management
  • Statistical analysis of cyber attacks
  • Web technologies
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence.

2. Iowa State University in Ames

U.S. News and World Report ranked Iowa State University 94th in their Best Colleges of 2011 publication. The Princeton Review called Iowa State University one of the best Midwest schools in 2010. In addition to computer science degrees, Iowa State University's Department of Computer Science also offers programs in information assurance. The information assurance program is geared towards graduate students, but undergraduate students can take several of these upper-division classes. Iowa State University's information assurance program includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Information warfare
  • Cryptography and steganography
  • Information system security
  • Advanced protocols
  • Network security and forensics
  • Legal issues in information assurance.

List of Good U.S. Cyber Security Schools and Colleges

School Name Distinction Location
DePaul University Students at DePaul can earn the computer security degree online. Chicago, IL
George Mason University GMU was ranked #6 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of Up-and-Coming Schools. Fairfax, VA
Iowa State University ISU's Information Assurance Center was one of the first seven to be certified by the NSA. Ames, IA
Northeastern University The university has received cyber security grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research. Boston, MA
Nova Southeastern University The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency designated the university as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Fort Lauderdale, FL
University at Buffalo The National Science Foundation ranked Buffalo's computer science and engineering department #26 out of 165 for annual research support. Buffalo, NY
University of Houston The University of Houston collaborated with federal agencies, the local government and local businesses to form the Cyber Security Institute, which offers a certificate program as well as courses to business owners and high school students. Houston, TX
University of Maryland-University College UMUC offers a cybersecurity competition team (the Cyber Padawans), who in 2012 earned the CyberLimpics silver medal against 220 international competitors. Adelphi, MD
University of Southern California In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked USC #20 on its list of schools offering the best computer science programs. Los Angeles, CA
The University of Texas at San Antonio Students enrolled at the Institute for Cyber Security can compete in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. San Antonio, TX

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