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As regulations increasingly require organizations of all kinds to strengthen their defenses against cyber threats, cybersecurity has become an essential skill for leaders across industries. Taught by leading experts who work on the frontlines of this fight, Boston College’s flexible M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance places special emphasis on preparing you to integrate an IT perspective with business and policy knowledge to become an indispensable leader in today’s fast-moving cyber ecosystem.
Complex problems require multiple perspectives. Our program brings together cybersecurity leaders in government, business, and academia.
Getting ready for one of the most demanding review processes in cybersecurity can be daunting, but experts say preparing for a SOC 2 audit can be an important part of a well-managed, year-round security program. Kevin R. Powers, founder and director of the Woods College's M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program, commented for CSO Magazine.
Kevin Powers, Founder and Director, of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance Program at Boston College, joins Hunter Muller from HMG Strategy, to talk about creating cybersecurity boards and why every company should have one.
Advice for protecting devices and information during vacations from Kevin Powers, founder and director of the Woods College M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program for Boston 25 News
Attaching a small device to your wallet or keys and never losing them again sounds like a good deal but security experts are warning that those same small devices can be used for ill intent.
Kevin R. Powers, founder and director of the Woods College's M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program, commented for Boston.com
Professor Kevin Powers, founder and director of the M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program, joins Jerich Beason & Whitney McCollum to discuss where the law stands on “Hacking Back” for JDSupra.
Kevin Powers, founder and director of the M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance, and Dr. Caroline McGroary, FCA, Fulbright Scholar, write about how a tailored and substantive cybersecurity education and training is essential to combating today’s cyber-threats in Education Technology Insights magazine.
As founder and director of the M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance program, Kevin draws on his 20 years of law enforcement, military, cyber and national security, privacy law, business, higher education, and teaching experience.
growth in open cybersecurity positions from 2013–2021.
starting salary for graduates with a master’s in cybersecurity.
Alumni network that is engaged, connected, and interdisplinary
“Being able to attain an advanced degree from a prestigious university while working full time was extremely beneficial for me, as it allowed me to learn and make a career change at the same time. I was hired to my current information security role while I was a student in the program. The knowledge I gained at Boston College greatly assists the work I do every day.”
“The Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Program is helping me reduce the risk to our nation's critical infrastructure; the skills you learn have an immediate application in the real world.”
“The program strengths expand beyond coursework, and include an engaging network of cyber, risk, and security professionals as well as tabletop exercises that strengthen a student's knowledge and acumen. The CGP program prepared me for my exciting new career redirection. ”
We've convened today’s top cybersecurity leaders in government, industry, and academia to shape a safer cybersphere for today and into the future.
These listings are informational only. For a current listing of M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance courses, including closed or canceled courses, please visit the Course Information and Schedule system and use the prefix "ADCY".
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.
We know that a BC education is a worthwhile but significant investment. We're committed to helping you affordably achieve your educational goals while treating each student and their family equitably. Financial aid and payment plans may be available for students taking a minimum of six credits across a semester.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any pertinent licenses currently held and any research experience or publications.
In 500-750 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
Contact Kevin Powers at email@example.com with any additional questions.
Our Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance will prepare students to bridge the communication gap between IT security professionals and key business stakeholders, and to lead, design, and frame a business case for investment to senior executives, Boards of Directors, and government officials. Taught by industry leaders and practitioners, students will learn, hands-on, to identify, assess, and manage cyber risk, and to develop and implement a proactive cybersecurity strategy to effectively defend, mitigate, and recover from a cyber attack. Our program emphasizes skills in leadership, ethics, management, critical thinking, analytic problem solving, and communication to prepare students to meet and respond to the varying issues presented by the rapidly changing cyber ecosystem.
Students will be prepared for a career as a cybersecurity professional in private industry and government. Depending on a student's educational background and career experience, possible positions include, but are not limited to:
"The New York Times reports that a stunning statistic is reverberating in cybersecurity ... there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021" - CYBERCRIME Magazine.
10 courses (6 core and 4 electives) are required (30 credits total).
*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
Yes. We will consider your application and weigh a variety of factors (including industry experience) to determine whether we are able to offer you admission. 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 email@example.com
International applicants requiring a student visa are currently not eligible to apply for the MSCY program.
No, we prefer that one letter of recommendation be from an academic source, and another from an employer or person in a supervisory capacity who can speak about your interests and experience.
The tuition for the Academic Year 2022–2023 is $3,894 per course, three credits. Visit our Tuition & Aid page for more information.
There is also a $25 registration fee for each semester.
All students are eligible to apply for financial aid. The Woods College also has additional scholarships for students who qualify based upon both merit and need. You are welcome to inquire further with regard to your specific circumstances and needs.
Students may be able to transfer up to 6 graduate credits (2 courses). Decisions on whether to accept transfer credits will depend on an assessment as to whether such course(s) to be transferred fit within the MS in Cybersecurity Policy & Governance curriculum.
All of our faculty members have advanced degrees in their specific fields of expertise and are accomplished practitioners in private industry and government. Their specializations range from cybersecurity IT, to corporate governance, risk, and compliance, to forensics and investigations. As leaders in cybersecurity, our faculty members are shaping industry standards, while working with or for Fortune 500 Companies, Federal, State, and local governments, large national law and consulting firms in the Greater Boston area, and academic departments. Each faculty member is committed to equipping students with the necessary, real-world cybersecurity knowledge and skills to prepare them to meet and respond to the varying cybersecurity issues faced by private industry and government today.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer enrollments.
This is variable and is largely based on how many courses a student takes at any given time. If you take 2 courses per semester, you can complete the degree in 15 months.
Yes. We have designed the program to be flexible to accommodate a variety of scheduling needs.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer.
No. Boston College does not currently offer housing for graduate students but our Office of Residential Life does have a staff member who can help you find off-campus housing.
Yes, admitted students who confirm their enrollment must pay a $250 enrollment deposit. The enrollment deposit is not an additional fee, and will be applied directly to your student account and will be deducted from your tuition bill. Anyone hoping to defer their enrollment will have to pay the deposit before their deferment request will be processed.
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.
Certificates may be applied towards the full MS degree program if admitted.
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.