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Best Computer Security Colleges: List of Top Schools

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Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Information Systems Security
  • Networking Management
  • Systems Administration
  • Webmaster and Multimedia Management

School Overviews

Computer security programs help students learn how to protect digital information against tampering, theft, and other cyber crimes. Undergraduate and graduate programs are available in this field. A variety of schools offer computer security coursework through their computer science and electrical engineering departments. Three of the best schools for this subject are profiled here. These three schools were tied for #1 on U.S. News and World Report's most recent ranking of the best computer science graduate schools (2014).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

Lab work at MIT is conducted at a myriad of facilities, laboratories and complexes. Cyber Security at MIT is located at the university's Lincoln Laboratory. The Laboratory houses a research capacity that is designed to prevent cyber attacks and to keep information systems safe and secure. This department at MIT provides students with the opportunity to explore math, science, and engineering. Programs include internships and thesis work. A summer research program is also offered at the laboratory for undergraduate and graduate students.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

The Computer Science Department at Stanford University is a world-leader of education and research in the field. At the graduate level, students can focus their studies on computer and network security. Cryptography and computer networking protocols are a just a few of the classes in this program. Students learn about the challenges of creating safe and secure computer systems. Students also learn how to detect and prevent cyber threats.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

CMU is one of four schools tied for #1 on U.S. News and World Report's ranking of grad schools offering computer science programs in 2014. Carnegie Mellon University is home CyLab, a security and privacy institute that supports research and education in cyber security. The institute coordinates with several departments within Carnegie Mellon to offer multiple training programs that are relevant to cyber security. Students can earn a master's of science in:

  • Information Security
  • Information Technology - Mobility
  • Information Networking
  • Information Technology - Information Security

The School of Computer Science also offers relevant Ph.D. programs in Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, and Software Engineering. There is also an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy program that includes social science courses related to cyber security alongside information technology studies.

Top Computer Security Schools

Here you can find more information about other highly ranked computer science schools.

School Name Distinction Location
Cornell University Computer security is one of the research fields the Department of Computer Science is dedicated to and has various ongoing projects on Ithaca, NY
University of California - Los Angeles Hosts the Center for Information and Computation Security Los Angeles, CA
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Department's lab facilities include the Illinois Security Lab, which is dedicated to theoretical and applied research in computer security topics Champaign, IL
University of Maryland - College Park Hosts the Maryland Cybersecurity Center College Park, MD
University of Pennsylvania Home to six research labs and facilities Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas - Austin Home to the Networking Research Laboratory Austin, TX

Students who are interested in cyber security can get relevant training at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of the best schools have on-campus research and teaching facilities that are dedicated to studies in this interdisciplinary subject.

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