MSE in Cybersecurity (Part-time)

Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering
2 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MSE in Cybersecurity (Part-time)

Consistently rated as one of the best online master’s degrees in cybersecurity, the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals cybersecurity program combines knowledge from instructors who are working to fight cybersecurity threats on the front lines with relevant courses designed to put you ahead. Deepen your ability to assess enterprise security risks, as well as gain skills in encryption, hash functions, signature schemes, authentication, and research.

Access to our state-of-the-art computing facilities and technologically advanced virtual classrooms to ensure thoughtful and insightful engagement with instructors and classmates. Take courses built for our modern world, offering the latest techniques in cybersecurity, including Security Engineering, Applied Machine Learning, and Reverse Engineering and Vulnerability Analysis. We offer a unique opportunity to complete a Capstone project or conduct research. Take a look at some innovative research projects and presentations completed by our students.

Once part of the EP community, you’ll build your professional network and enhance your knowledge with access to the resources and expertise of Johns Hopkins University and the Applied Physics Laboratory.

Admission requirements

  • Except as provided herein, applicants must be in the last semester of undergraduate study at or hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree from the US regionally accredited college or university. While there is no automatic prohibition of the admission of students from the US nationally accredited colleges or universities, EP retains the right to assess an applicant’s courses and/or degrees earned from one of those institutions to determine their academic readiness for the Program. Applicants who hold degrees from international institutions are encouraged to apply and must meet requirements found on EP’s International Applicants webpage.
  • Admitted students typically have earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B or above) in the latter half of their undergraduate studies (when reviewing an application, the candidate’s academic and professional background will be considered).
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • No GRE is required. Should you choose to submit scores, use code 4655.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the school website.

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Program content

Prerequisite Courses

  • Introduction to Programming Using Java
  • Data Structures
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Computer Organization

Foundation Courses

  • Foundations of Algorithms
  • Foundations of Information Assurance
  • Cryptology

Courses by Focus Area

  • Analysis
  • Assured Autonomy
  • Networks
  • Systems
  • Independent Study

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the school for more information.

Program delivery

About the Program

Structured and rigorous courses help you master the skills you need to truly make an impact in your field and advance your career. To guide your learning experience, you will have access to a team of top-level scientists, researchers, and engineers who actively practice what they teach, including experts from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. You can also opt to engage in meaningful research through our uniquely designed Capstone course. 

As a graduate of the Master’s in Computer Science program, you will:

  • Use mathematical tools and methods to analyze the efficiency of computer algorithms.
  • Assess the accuracy of deterministic and non-deterministic algorithms.
  • Master several important graphs, algorithms, and their associated creation, maintenance, and application strategies.
  • Understand data structures in scientific programming, sorting/searching, and string search.

A focus area must be selected. While required to narrow your study, your focus area will not appear on your degree.

  • Analysis: Gain an understanding of security issues such as forensic patterns, intrusion detection rules, ethical hacking techniques, and reverse engineering.
  • Assured Autonomy: Focus on the complexities inherent in autonomous systems and the multifaceted and multilayered approaches necessary for the continual assurance of these Learning-Enabled, Cyber-Physical Systems (LE-CPSs).
  • Networks: Study the security of clouds, protocols, data communications, covert channels, wired and wireless networks, and the internet.
  • Systems: Explore the security of computing devices ranging from typical architectures to embedded and real-time systems. Study topics like secure system design, authentication solutions, and application software.


Tuition fee: $49,200


Whether your career is in information security, IT, risk management and compliance, or governance, our Cybersecurity program can help you:

  • Increase your marketability by learning cutting-edge industry trends, knowledge, and skills through coursework designed by industry experts.
  • Apply skills and knowledge when assessing a corporation’s security risks and formulating technical recommendations in the areas of both hardware and software.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the four major areas of cryptology: encryption, hash functions, signature schemes, and authentication.

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