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

Learn about information security programs and a couple of the top schools that offer them. Find out more about degree levels below and see what makes these schools stand out.

School Overviews

Information security professionals identify and eliminate the vulnerabilities present in a computer system. Programs for aspiring information security specialists are usually offered at the graduate level. Read on for more information about highly ranked schools that offer information security programs at the undergraduate and graduate program levels.

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: The Information Security Institute is the main area of study for research and education at the university.

The Information Security Institute at JHU offers a Master of Science in Security Informatics degree program. The programs offers two track course requirements in Technology & Research and Policy & Management. A Ph.D. program, with research areas in Crytography & Privacy and Health and Medical Security, is also available in addition to scholarships in an Information Security Institute Fellowship and an Information Security Institute Fellowship for Veterans.

2. Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL

School Highlight: The university's College of Engineering and Computing boasts flexible class schedules and cutting-edge curriculum.

At the undergraduate level, students interested in studying information security can major in computer science or computer information systems. At the graduate level, a Master of Science in Information Security degree is available online and on-campus. Classes in this program include database security, information security governance, applied cryptography and computer and network forensics. Graduate certificates are also available in information security, as well as Ph.D. programs.

Top Information Security Schools

School Name DistinctionLocation
DePaul University Students can apply to a combined B.S. in Information Assurance and Security Engineering/M.S. in Computer, Information and Network Security program Chicago, IL
George Mason University The school's Center for Secure Information Systems was the first of its kind in the U.S. when established in 1990 Fairfax, VA
Iowa State University Graduate degree programs offered on campus and online Ames, IA
Kennesaw State University The school's Center for Information Security Education publishes the Information Security Education Journal (ISEJ) Kennesaw, GA
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Hosts the Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Assurance, Research and Education (CEISARE@Buffalo) Buffalo, NY
University of Houston Hosts the Center for Information Security Research and Education (CiSRE) Houston, TX
University of Maryland-University College Undergraduate cybersecurity students earned first place in their category in the 2013 DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge Adelphi, MD
University of Southern California Professional engineers can earn a Master of Cyber Security (MCBS) online Los Angeles, CA
University of Texas at San Antonio The school's information security program was ranked #1 in a national survey of IT security professionals in 2014 San Antonio, TX

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