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Master's of Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management


With the precipitous rise in global cyber crime, espionage and terrorism, it is little surprise that cybersecurity is now the number one national security issue we face. Yet as these agents of chaos seem to multiply by the minute, we’re facing a crucial shortage of cybersecurity leaders who can take on this fight. To solve the cybersecurity problem, we must fill this critical gap.

Designed in consultation with key government, military and law enforcement organizations, our Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management master’s program scrutinizes issues of law, policy and leadership expressly to create the next generation of cybersecurity’s strategic leaders. With a degree that can be completed in as little as 16 months, you will learn from the field’s top experts about the strategies and practices that protect critical information and make sure that the world’s digital infrastructure remains secure.

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"" Program at a Glance 

16 months

Flexible Course Schedule

A 36-credit master’s degree program that can be completed in as little as 16 months. 

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Relevant Education

Designed in consultation with key government, military and law enforcement organizations.

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Important Skills

Named a Federal Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the Department of Homeland Security




Where You'll Study 

Online or In Person or a Combination
Online or one Weeknight at the Graduate Education Center in Arlington, VA and one weekend per month at the Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA

Students can transition between online and in person courses, offering convenience and flexibility. In-person classes are held primarily at the Education Center in Arlington, Virginia.


What You'll Study

In 36 credits and 16 months, you can earn your MPS in Cybersecurity and Information Management. Designed for working professionals, students in this program will examine critical cybersecurity issues faced by corporations, federal agencies and the military.

  • Students are admitted to the in-person program for the Fall semester, in a cohort format.

  • Students attend classes one night per week at our Graduate Education Center in Arlington, VA, plus two Saturday classes per month.

  • Note: Class location subject to change by semester due to instructor and classroom availability.

  • Weeknight classes meet from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Weekend classes meet from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with a break for lunch.

  • All courses are three credit hours.

  • The program combines classroom-based and online instruction delivered via Blackboard, GW’s web-based educational platform.

  • The online component allows students to fit a full course load into their busy schedules, making it possible to complete the degree in sixteen months (four semesters).


  • Students are admitted to the Online program for fall and spring semesters.

  • The online curriculum has the same curriculum requirements as the in-person program.

  • 100% online – providing convenience and flexibility.


Who You'll Study With


Admissions Information

To be considered for the Cybersecurity MPS program you must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on the 4.0 point scale) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have a minimum of two years of professional experience in safety, security and/or information management



Applicants that have complete applications are eligible to request an application fee waiver by 11:59 p.m. on the Priority Deadline.* To request an application fee waiver, contact your program representative before submitting your application. Fee waiver details. Applications received after the Final Deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.


leafFall Admissions

In-person and online program

  • Fall Priority Deadline: April 15*
  • Fall Final Deadline: June 15


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Online program only

  • Spring Priority Deadline: November 1*
  • Spring Final Deadline: November 30


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In-person and online program

  • Not offered

Our tuition and fees vary by program and location, generally increasing annually. This is an estimate based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will vary according to the courses taken and the timeframe in which you complete your coursework.

Rates Effective  Summer 2021-Spring 2022 Terms  


12 courses

(typically completed in 16 months)

36 Credits      

Tuition (Summer 2021-Spring 2022 Terms):


Virginia classrooms: 36 credits @ $1,205/credit hour


Online classrooms: 36 credits @ $1,205/credit hour


Registration Fees:

4 registration sessions @ $35 each



Tuition + Fees (Virginia Classrooms or Online)



The costs of travel, meals and accommodations (if applicable) are not included in the tuition or fees.


Other costs to consider:

Application fee*



$500 (approx.)

Matriculation fee (one time)


*The application fee is waived if all materials are received by the priority deadline.


Residency Accommodations

Students are responsible for the cost of their travel, meals, and accommodations.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Opportunities

Please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information on grants, scholarships, loans, and military education benefits.

You must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or refugee to apply for need-based financial aid.

GW's Military & Veteran Services provides wide-ranging resources and support to the military community, including GW scholarships and assistance with benefits:

Since Military and Veterans Services was created in 2008, GW has been an annual recipient of the Military Friendly Award and is also annually recognized as a Military Times “Best for Vets” higher education institution.

  • If you are an international student, please note that only our off-campus program is eligible for F-1 and J-1 visas. 
  • Applicants must submit their complete applications by the deadlines listed on the International Student Admissions page. These deadlines are at least two months before the deadline for admitted students to submit visa request paperwork.


International Student Admissions Process 




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We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events.