School and Ranking Information
Many of the schools in or within 25 miles of Birmingham, AL, that provide network security studies are for-profit institutions. Based on ranking, school type and student population, the following university is considered a top school in Birmingham for network security degree programs:
- Winner: The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the only public university and the largest school in terms of student enrollment in or near Birmingham that offers studies in network security. Students can earn a master's degree in security management with coursework related to network security.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Rankings||#149 among Best National Universities (2015); #78 among Top Public Schools (2015); #14 among Up-and Coming Schools (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $7,206 (in-state); $16,398 (out-of-state)**|
|Computer and IS Security Degrees Offered||Master's|
|Number of Computer and IS Security Degrees Awarded in 2012-13||2*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||54%**|
|Noteworthy||Research in computer and information sciences is funded by, among others, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***University of Alabama at Birmingham
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University of Alabama at Birmingham
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- Master's degree program is modeled after traditional MBA programs, combining core courses with an area of specialization
- Students have access to cutting-edge computer workstations, as well as research tools such as a visualization wall and high-performance computing clusters
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university enrolling more than 18,000 students in science, medicine, education and other programs. UAB's College of Arts and Sciences houses the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, which awards bachelor's and master's degrees. The department has a master's degree program providing coursework in network security.
An interdisciplinary program with several collaborating departments, the Master of Computer Forensics and Security Management program is designed to provide students with a wide range of skills and knowledge applicable to protecting virtual and physical systems. In addition to gaining a technical education, students will be challenged to improve their critical thinking skills as they relate to criminal justice practices, forensic accounting and network development. The curriculum consists of courses such as digital documents and intellectual property, network security and information security administration. The programs offers two tracks of study: Cybercrime/Computer Forensics and IT Audit/Fraud Examination.