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

Network security is the area of computer science tasked with planning and maintaining security for an organization's computer network. Learn about a couple of top schools where you can study networking security. Review the schools' rankings, and get information on related degree programs and course offerings. View article »

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  • 0:04 School Information
  • 0:39 Purdue University
  • 1:23 Rochester Institute
  • 2:18 University of Washington
  • 3:02 Top Network Security Schools

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Network security and similar programs can be found at the undergraduate and graduate levels at highly-ranked schools such as Purdue University, the University of Washington, and Rochester Institute of Technology. These schools offer a variety of specializations and coursework to students interested in the subject. Explore three schools that offer Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees related to network security. Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and University of Washington are considered some of the top national, public, or best value schools for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

U.S. News & World Report listed Purdue University as tied for the 60th-best national college for 2017. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program with a concentration in security, which helps students learn about the impact of network security issues, how to design security software, and how to test for network security breaches. Courses include cryptography, computer networks and software testing. A Master of Science in Computer Science is also available through Purdue's information security center, called CERIAS. Classes include programming language, advanced security, and cryptanalysis. The school runs several student organizations, including the Association of Multicultural Science Students and the Computer Science Women's Network.

Rochester Institute of Technology in New York

Rochester Institute of Technology is a private institution ranked the 33rd-best value school for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report, and the Department of Homeland Security has recognized RIT for excellency. RIT, located in the Rochester-area town of Henrietta, has a Bachelor of Science in Information Security and Forensics program where students learn how to identify concerns in computer network security systems. They also discover how to do forensic study of security breaches, including the identification, evaluation, and recovery of data. Coursework involves cryptography and authentication, information security policies, and computer malware. The Master of Science in Computing Security and Information Assurance program provides advanced study in network security. The program includes classes in secure database systems, ethics in technology, and enterprise security.

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University of Washington in Seattle

The University of Washington was ranked as tied for the 16th-best public school for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report, and ranked 6th on the best graduate computer science schools list for 2014. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Informatics with an information assurance and cybersecurity concentration. Core coursework includes classes in topics such as computer programming, database management, and research methods, and students can take electives in subjects like network design, digital forensics, and enterprise risk management. A Master of Science in Information Management with a specialization in information security is also available, with coursework in organizational information assurance, risk assessment and management, and data communications and networking.

Top Network Security Schools

There are other top schools that have network security programs and other unique offerings:

College/University Name Location Distinction
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL Hosts the largest student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery in the world
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Undergraduate Computer Science and Engineering students can participate in research activities
Stanford University Bay area in California Tied for the #1 spot on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best graduate schools for computer science; offers a professional certificate in computer security that includes coursework in network security, as well as a four-course graduate certificate in software systems with network security electives

Network security programs prepare students for professional careers and offer a variety of options, including specializations and research opportunities. Students may compare top schools by looking at rankings or related student organizations.

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