Master's of Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management
Cybercrime continues to threaten the security of both public sector and private sector organizations. Unfortunately, today there is a shortage of talented professionals to fill critical cybersecurity roles in industry and across the government.
Designed in consultation with key government, military and law enforcement organizations, our Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management master’s program is the cyber degree for working professionals. The program examines issues related to risk, policy, practice and intelligence-led cyber defense, to create the next generation of cybersecurity’s strategic leaders.
With a degree that can be completed in as little as 16 months — studying online, in-person, or a hybrid — 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.
GW has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. GW is a proud member of the NFOPU Consortium School and U.S. Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network.
Program at a Glance
Flexible Course Schedule
A 36-credit master’s degree program that can be completed in as little as 16 months.
Designed in consultation with key government, military and law enforcement organizations.
Named a Federal Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the Department of Homeland Security
Where You'll Study
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.
About the Faculty & Advisory Board
Our professional faculty and advisory board members have held senior positions in a variety of organizations and have expertise leading in areas related to cybersecurity, risk and technology management, policy and national security.
Our professional faculty possess diverse backgrounds and expertise and have senior leadership experience in areas related to cybersecurity, technology management and national security.
- Zalmai Azmi
- Donna Bartee-Robertson
- Todd Blanchard
- Kevin Dulany
- Glen Feldhuhn
- Jonathan Gannon
- Rear Admiral Norman R. Hayes
- Jan Kallberg
- Roger Kuhn
- Elaine Lammert
- Eric Martin
- Khatuna Mshvidobadze
- Charles Pak
- Anthony Priest
- Joseph Schafer
- Matthew K. Schroeder
- David J. Smith
- Daniel Sutherland
- Connie Peterson Uthoff, Program Director
- Keith Williams
- Paul Wormeli
The Advisory Board members of the GW Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management program are senior level professionals who have extensive leadership experience with cybersecurity, technology management and national security. They provide support and advice to the program, its curriculum and the development of new initiatives.
- Former Rear Admiral Danelle Barrett
- Mr. John Felker, President Morse Alpha Associates, Inc.
- Mr. David Pendall, Executive Advisor MIT Lincoln Laboratory
- Mr. Sean Plankey, Chief Architect for Critical Infrastructure, BedRock Systems.
- Dr. Paul de Souza, Founder of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI)
- Ms. Cynthia Strand, Global Intelligence Strategy Lead at Primer.ai
- Mr. Thomas VanNorman, CISSP, GISC, Sr. VP at GRIMM (SMFS, Inc.)
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.
In-person and online program
- Fall Priority Deadline: April 15*
- Fall Final Deadline: June 15
Online program only
- Spring Priority Deadline: November 1*
- Spring Final Deadline: November 30
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.
2022-2023 Rates in Effect for Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Terms
Curriculum: 12 courses (typically completed in 16 months)
Virginia classrooms: 36 credits @ $1,245/credit hour
Online classrooms: 36 credits @ $1,245/credit hour
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:
Matriculation fee (one time)
*The application fee is waived if all materials are received by the priority deadline.
Students are responsible for the cost of their travel, meals and accommodations.
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.
Recruitment & Admissions
Schedule a time to talk to me
We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about Cybersecurity Strategy & Information Management. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events.
GW Business and Policy Forum: Attacking Cybersecurity Risks
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time