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Graduate Cybersecurity Education Programs

Students interested in studying cybersecurity can take part in a number of graduate degree programs offered by Virginia Tech's Colleges of Engineering and Business. These degrees include:

Virginia Tech offers the Online Master of Information Technology (MIT) Program to prepare you to be a technological leader in your field or community. This unique interdisciplinary program is offered jointly by the Pamplin College of Business and the College of Engineering.

Ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report, the VT-MIT program is designed specifically for you as the working professional. The flexible online format will help you to reasonably manage professional, personal, and academic priorities. You can advance your career by earning your degree from a university recognized world-wide for academic excellence.

The MIT program offers the following modules:

  • Security
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Cybersecurity Policy


A student can earn a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering when he/she completes the following 4 courses


  • CS/ECE 5560 Fundamentals of Information Security

Restricted Electives (pick 2):

  • ECE/CS 5580, Cryptographic Engineering
  • ECE/CS 5584, Network Security
  • ECE/CS 5590, System and Software Security

Electives (pick 1):

  • CS 5204, Operating Systems
  • ECE/CS 5504, Computer Architecture
  • ECE 5520, Secure Hardware Design
  • CS/ECE 5565 Network Architecture and Protocols I
  • CS 5704 Software Engineering

*A 5000- or 6000-level special topics or advanced topics course may be approved as a substitute given prior approval by the CS/ECE department.

Program Requirements

Certificate students must complete an application form for the certificate when they enroll. The application form is similar to a POS listing the CSEC courses to be taken and is signed by the CS/ECE department program director who administers the CSEC program. Then they must submit a separate 'application for conferral of degree' form for the certificate by the deadline for the semester in which they are planning to finish. Grad School staff will check the transcript against the courses on the approved application.

Students who are completing a degree and a certificate at the same time must submit 2 "application for conferral of degree" forms, one for the degree and one for the certificate. If they submit both forms at the same time, they pay only one graduation fee. Certificate recipients are listed in a special section of the Commencement Bulletin and recognized as a special group during the commencement ceremony.

Graduate Certificates appear on the transcript but not on the diploma. Students receive a separate Certificate, similar to a diploma at the same time as their diploma if they are degree students or at the time of the next commencement if they are Commonwealth Campus students.