School and Ranking Information
About nine public and private, not-for-profit schools offer degrees related to computer and IT security in the Arlington area. Based on rankings, program options and location, the following school is the top choice for computer and IT security in the area.
- Winner: Marymount University's School of Business Administration is located right in Arlington, VA, and offers a variety of computer and IT security programs. The university offers a Master of Science in Information Technology with a computer security track and a graduate certificate program in computer security and information assurance.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#37 among Regional Universities in the South (2015); #11 in Best Colleges for Veterans among Regional Universities in the South (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Graduate: $15,480**|
|Computer and IT Security-Related Degrees Offered||Master's, Certificate|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||58%**|
|Noteworthy||Several IT adjunct faculty members work at organizations such as the FBI, Department of the Navy and InfoReliance***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Marymount University
- The information technology master's program has four possible tracks: project management and technology leadership, computer security, health care informatics and software engineering
- Students may enroll in the certificate program and the master's program simultaneously
- Applicants to the graduate certificate program must hold a bachelor's degree and have professional experience in the IT field
Catholic-affiliated Marymount University was founded in 1950. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through four academic schools to nearly 3,500 students each year and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1. Computer and IT security programs are offered through its School of Business Administration.
The Computer Security and Information Assurance Graduate Certificate program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure a position in the computer security field in private business or government. The 18-credit program requires students to complete courses such as computer security, information assurance and enterprise infrastructure. The master's program in information technology is designed to prepare students for advanced roles in leadership and management within the IT field. Students can choose from four possible tracks, including one in computer security. The computer security track requires courses in electronic documents and privacy issues, advanced security systems and cybersecurity.