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Master Cybersecurity with National Security Experts and Practitioners in D.C.

MSIT: Information Security & Assurance in Washington, D.C.

A Washington-based master's program for working professionals to ramp up your skills in information security and assurance, taught by experts and practitioners who keep our nation safe from cyber threats.

Cybersecurity is as high-impact as any field in the economy. If it's the career path for you, Washington, D.C. is a prime location to pursue it—and there’s no better school than Carnegie Mellon University.

The two-year, part-time MSIT: Information Security & Assurance in Washington, D.C. (Cybersecurity-DC) is designed with experienced professionals in mind, delivering a next generation education in risk management, information security, and data privacy along with key skills in operations, strategy, and analysis. This blend of skills will prepare you to make organizations more resilient against cyber attacks and intrusions.

Cybersecurity-DC is a hybrid onsite/online master's degree program that prepares you to tackle emerging cyber challenges and threats. The hybrid format combines the convenience of distance learning with the value of face-to-face interactions. You will collaborate with similarly experienced peers and build new networks, while also having the flexibility to continue working full-time—you will complete the majority of coursework online, coming onsite six times per year for group sessions, seminars, and exams.

Taught by world-renowned faculty from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), the Cybersecurity-DC program combines an innovative curriculum with hands-on experiential learning. As part of the program, you will solve real security problems for D.C.-based organizations and/or government agencies, giving you a practical edge.

The Cybersecurity-DC program's cohort model allows you and your peers to develop a tight-knit community of practice in cybersecurity. Nowhere is such a community more acutely necessary or urgent than in the Washington, D.C. corridor, where cybersecurity talent is in high demand both within the federal government as well as large private organizations. 

Location: Online/Washington, D.C. | onsite/online hybrid program
Duration: 2 Years / 6 Semesters, part-time (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer); students visit Heinz College in D.C. ~ 6 times per year

Top Program for Military Students

MSIT Is Proud To Offer Scholarship and Yellow Ribbon Benefits for Active Service Members and Veterans


#1 Ranked

Heinz College Is Top-Ranked In Cybersecurity, And Has Been #1 In Information And Technology Management Since 2001


Carnegie Mellon University is one of only 11 colleges and universities designated by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in all three focus areas: Cyber Defense (CD), Cyber Operations (CO), and Research (R). The CAE programs promote higher education and research in the critical area of cybersecurity.

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The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI works with organizations to improve software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership.

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The CERT Division of SEI is a national asset in the field of cybersecurity, the world’s leading trusted authority dedicated to improving the security and resilience of computer systems and networks.

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The Cybersecurity-DC program equips you with a deep understanding of risk management, information security, and data privacy. This program draws upon the expertise in security research, operations, and analysis from the world-famous CERT Division of SEI, giving students exposure to leading practitioners in the field.

The curriculum is designed to suit professionals from non-technical areas as well as technical backgrounds. The following coursework is completed by all members of a cohort in lockstep.

General Gregory Touhill

Trail-blazing Faculty

Learn from professors like Gen. Gregory Touhill, one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity and IT senior executives. Our faculty includes leading practitioners who can prepare you for anything.

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