Top Computer Security & Network Security Degree Program in Atlanta

Students interested in studying computer and network security in the Atlanta area have only a few schools to choose from. Read on to find out more about what the top school has to offer for computer and network security, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

The majority of schools near Atlanta that offer degrees relating to computer and network security are public, but there are several private, for-profit schools as well. These schools don't offer degrees directly in computer and network security, but they do offer computer science degrees with similar coursework. Based on its national rankings and technologically oriented curriculum, the following school is considered a top school for computer and network security in the area:

  • Winner: Georgia Institute of Technology is a 4-year, public university with a highly ranked graduate computer science program. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with various focus areas, a Master of Science in Information Security, a Master of Science in Computer Science with information security and networking concentrations and a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Category Georgia Institute of Technology
Rankings #9 Graduate Computer Science Program**
Location Atlanta, Georgia
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $10,650 (in-state); $29,954 (out-of-state)*
Computer Science and Information Security Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Computer Science and Information Security Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 73*
Most Popular Computer Science and Information Security Degree Program Level in 2012-2013 Master's (71 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 82%*
Noteworthy College offers interdisciplinary studies to students***

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Cooperative Education is available to students, which provides them with academic credit while they learn the school-to-work transition
  • Student organizations include Athletics @ College of Computing, Big Data and Entertainment Software Enthusiasts
  • Interactive High Performance Computing Lab creates new technologies for computing

Home to 21,471 students as of 2013, Georgia Institute of Technology was ranked as the seventh best public school in the country for 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report. Studies in network security and computer security may be found through its computer science and information security programs.

The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with 'Threads,' which are different themes used to organize the program. It provides combined training in special interests and computing fundamentals. Some of the program's Threads include information internetworks, people and devices. Courses in security include security risk management, privacy laws and privacy.

The Master of Science in Information Security has a policy and information security theme. Background courses cover information systems, privacy issues and security risk management. The core curriculum covers applied cryptography and security strategies. A technical concentration is chosen by the students in number theory, policy concentration or internetworking protocols and security models.

An M.S. program in computer science is also available with a number of specialty areas, including information security and networking. For the information security specialization, students study similar topics as in the M.S. in Information Security program, with coursework in network security, computer networks and cryptography theory. For the networking specialization, course topics include networked services and applications, internetworking architecture, computability and algorithms, and network security.

The Ph.D. in Computer Science is a joint program that prepares students for careers in industry, government and academia. Students must take five research area classes, which must include a systems and theory course. Information security and networking topics are among the area classes that students may take. An important component of this program is an individual dissertation research project that contributes to the field of computing. After passing the written and oral examination, students participate in dissertation research. Students also receive a minor, which relates to their core research area.

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