It's not a question of whether cyberattacks will happen, but when. The rise of serious threats on public and private institutions is the new norm.
From the moment you enroll in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program at Boston College's Woods College of Advancing Studies, you join a powerful community of top cybersecurity experts who are building a safer future right now. With an emphasis on leadership, critical thinking, analytic problem solving, and communication skills, our program prepares professionals to meet and respond to the challenges of today’s cyber ecosystem.
Available online, on campus during the evening, or in any combination that works best for you, learn how you can help organizations protect their data, identify and manage cyber risk, and recover from cyberattacks in our 10-course master’s program.
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Complex problems require multiple perspectives. Our program brings together cybersecurity leaders in government, business, and academia.
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 online, on campus during the evening, or in any combination that works best for you. Our program is tailored to the needs of business and government professionals.
The tuition rate for the 2021-2022 Academic Year is $3,744 per course.
Our faculty are today’s top cybersecurity leaders in government, industry and academia who have come together at Boston College to shape a safer cybersphere for today and into the future.
CORE REQUIREMENTS (6 Courses):
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; Innovation and Technology Development; 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.
growth in open cybersecurity positions from 2013–2021.
year mission of service to directly address the world’s most urgent problems
Alumni network that is engaged, connected, and interdisplinary
Our ISACA CPG Student Group is BC’s local chapter of ISACA New England, focusing on connecting students with opportunities in cybersecurity, information systems and technology, computer science, and business management, among others.
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).
Hosted by Boston College and the FBI, the Boston Conference on Cyber Security is an annual forum for leaders in cybersecurity to come together and coordinate their efforts toward a more secure cyberspace.
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In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any pertinent licenses currently held and any research experience or publications.
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.
Two letters of recommendation.
Letters must be sent directly from the recommender either through the online application portal or directly to Woods College. We will not accept recommendation letters unless they are emailed directly from the recommender or mailed directly from the recommender in a sealed envelope.
Please note: Letters of recommendations should be provided by Professional or Academic recommenders.
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:
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate email@example.com as the recipient.
Applicants whose Native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency, for required scores, visit our International Student page.
Although we prefer 3-5 years of professional experience involving information technology, cybersecurity related issues, business management, communications, privacy, risk management and compliance, and/or law enforcement and national security concerns, Applicants with less than 3 years of professional experience will be considered for admission based on their academic credentials and relevant coursework and are encouraged to apply.**
**Applicants who do not meet this requirement also may be considered for admission with the following condition: the completion of an approved course(s) as a non-degree student within the Cybersecurity Program, as approved by the Program Director, with a grade of B or higher. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org