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

M.S. Cybersecurity Policy and Governance

There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. It's time to fight back.


It's time to fight cyber with cyber.

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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  • Design, develop, and implement cybersecurity and crisis management strategies that defend against, mitigate, and ensure recovery from cyber attack.
  • Develop and present the most cogent case for cybersecurity investment to senior executives, boards of directors, and government officials.
  • Cultivate and promote ethical principles that complement and advance company policies and government interests.
  • Bridge the communication gap between information technology security professionals and key business and government stakeholders.
  • Design, develop, and implement cyber risk assessment methodologies, best practice organizational models, sufficiency standards, and risk management options.

Deep, Cross-Industry Expertise

Complex problems require multiple perspectives. Our program brings together cybersecurity leaders in government, business, and academia.

Programming Options




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 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.

How much does it cost? 

  The tuition rate for the 2021-2022 Academic Year is $3,744 per course. 

Tuition and Fees

Meet Our Faculty 

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.

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Cybersecurity Strategy

Phillip Aldrich

Phil is a risk management executive specializing in aligning risk management strategy to support business objectives at Fortune 500 companies.

Cybersecurity and Privacy Law & Policy

Katherine Fick

Katherine is Senior Counsel at IBM and has deep expertise on legal issues associated with cybersecurity and privacy.

Incident Response & Management

Kevin Burns

Kevin is an Information Security professional with over 25 years of experience protecting confidential information within private and public entities.

Our Faculty

Our Faculty

What Will I Study?

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Spring 2021 Course Offerings


  • 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
  • Plus four electives (See elective options below)

Electives include: 
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.

Skills to Defend and Protect


growth in open cybersecurity positions from 2013–2021.

Cybercrime Magazine


year mission of service to directly address the world’s most urgent problems


Alumni network that is engaged, connected, and interdisplinary 

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


ISACA Member

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. 

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).

FAQs and More Information

John C. Eckenrode
Former Chair, Advisory Council
Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer
State Street

Joanna Baltes, J.D.
Curriculum Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty Member, Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance
Boston College

Carolyn Bargoot
Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives & Organizational Effectiveness
Office of the Provost
Boston College

Michael Bourque
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Boston College

Michael Brown, RADM, USN (ret.)
Vice President & General Manager
Global Public Sector, RSA

James Burrell, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Boston College
(former Deputy Director for Cyber Investigative and Intelligence Operations, FBI)

Patrick Cain
The Cooper-Cain Group, Inc.

Dr. Robert Cherinka, Ph.D.
Chief Engineer for Software Engineering

Gus Coldebella
General Counsel

Cheryl A. Davis
Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives

Julia DeVoy, Ph.D., MBA, MTS
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Students 
Boston College

Doug Domin
BC MS Cybersecurity Alum
Supervisory Special Agent
FBI Boston - Cyber Crime Division

David Escalante
Director, Computer Policy and Security
Boston College

Katherine Fick
Senior Counsel
IBM Security/IBM Corporation

Katie Jenkins
Chief Information Security Officer
Liberty Mutual

Cynthia J. Larose, Esq.
Partner and Chair, Privacy & Security Practice
Group Mintz Levin

Scott T. Lashway, Esq.
Partner, Co-Lead Cybersecurity and Privacy Group Manatt
Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Gerald Lorden
Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor Portfolio Manager
Morgan Stanley

John T. Martinez
Vice President & IIS General Counsel
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

Sasha Cohen O'Connell, Ph.D. 
Professorial Lecturer & Executive in Residence
Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, School of Public Affairs
American University

John O’Connor
Former Executive Vice President & Chief Security Officer
Fidelity Security Services

David Olson, J.D. 
Associate Professor, Boston College Law School Faculty Director, Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE)
Boston College Law School

Kevin R. Powers, J.D. 
Founding Director, Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance, Boston College
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Boston College Law School & Boston College’s Carroll School of Management

Sam Ransbotham, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Information Systems Department Carroll School of Management
Boston College

Lisa M. Ropple
Partner & Chair of Litigation, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection
Jones Day

Timothy Russell
Supervisory Special Agent
FBI Boston Division - Cyber Crime Program 

Michael Steinmetz
Former Cybersecurity Officer, Advisor to the Governor & Office of Homeland Security
The State of Rhode Island

Kevin Swindon
Corporate VP & Chief Security Officer - Global Security
Charles River Labs

David Wilkinson
Senior Director, IT Security & Cyber Security Practice
Gartner Consulting


Additional Professional Development Opportunities

Executive Education

Not ready for a master's degree? Boston College Continuing Education and  M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program, offers two online, non-credit certificate programs in Cybersecurity Strategy and Data Privacy: GDPR & HIPAA


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.

For Credit Certificates

The Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program now offers graduate certificate programs.

Certificates may be applied towards the full MS degree program if admitted. 

Application Information



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university 
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Please note: International applicants requiring a student visa are currently not eligible to apply for the CPG program.


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 CPG program.

Start Your Application



To be uploaded to your online Application Form

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any pertinent licenses currently held 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 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: 

Boston College
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 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.

Professional Experience

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:


Please contact Program Director Kevin Powers with questions. 

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