Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance

With an emphasis on leadership, critical thinking, analytic problem solving, and communication skills, our M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program prepares professionals to meet and respond to the challenges of today’s cyber ecosystem. 

A 10-course degree program, Boston College’s Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance teaches you to help organizations protect their data, identify and manage cyber risk, and recover from cyber attacks.

The program offers students additional resources beyond the classroom as an ISACA Student Group (ISG). The Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA, which offers guidance, benchmarks, and other effective tools for a broad range of IT governance professionals, helps students connect with other professionals at university sponsored events.

Find out more about the ISACA New England Chapter and see the Boston College ISG Bylaws.

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Boston College is a leader in thinking and educating on these incredibly important ​[cybersecurity] ​issues, so this is a great place to have this.
Former FBI Director James B. Comey, BCCS 2017​
BCCS 2020 Detailed Information



At a Glance

How many courses?

Ten courses—six core courses and four elective courses—are required to complete the M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program.


Study full- or part-time. Tailored to the needs of business and government professionals with experience and backgrounds in business or a variety of technical and non-technical fields.



Skills in Demand


cybersecurity employment rate, 1 million jobs unfilled.

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Where do our students and graduates work?


Head of Cyber, Risk & Security, John Hancock Retirement Plan Services 

Compliance Officer, State Street

Director of BlockChain Research, Fidelity

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.)

Cybersecurity Research Scientist, MIT's Sloan School of Management

Cyber Sales Manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments 

Vice President Information Technology, State Street

Associate Risk Analyst, Steward Healthcare 

Associate Compliance Analyst, National Grid 

Demand Generation Manager, QRadar Security Intelligence Platform at IBM

Cyber Policy Engineer, Secure and Assured Systems Department, Draper Labs

Information Security Analyst, Visa


Our Faculty

What will I study?


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30


  • Cyber Ecosystem and Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Policy: Privacy & Legal Requirements
  • Network & Infrastructure Security
  • Incident Response & Management
  • Organizational Effectiveness: Governance, Risk Management & Compliancy
  • Ethical Issues in Cybersecurity & the Ignatian Paradigm

ELECTIVES (Choose 4):

  • International Cybersecurity
  • Cyber Investigations & Digital Forensics
  • Privacy Law & Data Protection
  • Managing Cyber Risk: Mobile Devices & Social Networking
  • Establishing the Business Case & Resource Allocation
  • Security in the Cloud
  • Role of Intelligence: Enabling Proactive Security
  • Applied Research Project
  • Cybersecurity: Risk Management & Resiliency (New  Spring  2019)
  • Innovation and Technology Development (New Spring 2019)
  • Online Courses: Data Analytics Courses: Students may take up to two (2) of the four (4) online Data Analytics courses offered via the MS in Applied Economics Program at Boston College.
For current schedule and course descriptions, visit the Student Services Course Information Page.


Approved Education Provider

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance is an approved training provider for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS).

Application Information



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university 
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Application fee $60 (to be paid as part of the online application.) If you believe you qualify for a fee waiver, please contact Kevin Powers.

Please note: International applicants requiring a student visa are currently not eligible to apply for the MSCY program.

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To be uploaded to your online Application Form

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation.

Letters must be sent directly from recommender either through online application portal or directly to Woods College.  We will not accept letters that are not in a sealed envelope mailed directly from recommender or emailed directly from recommender.


Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.

Boston College Alumni and Current Students:
Your BC transcript must be formally requested from the Office of Student Services and submitted to the Woods College. Woods cannot request or access transcripts independently. 

Transcripts should be mailed to: 

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Brief interview—in person or via Skype.

Professional Experience

3-5 years of professional experience involving information technology, cybersecurity related issues, business management, risk management and compliance, and/or law enforcement and national security concerns. 

  • Those with less than 3 years of professional experience will be considered for admission based on their academic credentials and course work relative to business or operations management, business analytics, computer science or engineering, information technology, or relevant coursework as approved by the Program Director, with a grade of B or higher.**


Please contact Program Director Kevin Powers with questions. 

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