Trusted software engineering. Critical infrastructure protection. Network security management. Cybersecurity is a broad field and a national priority. The cybersecurity sector is projected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $175 billion by 2020.

The Cybersecurity master’s program at Michigan Tech answers the demand with a collaborative program through the departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the College of Computing. Students develop a unique focus for the careers—and the future—they want to create.


What Sets Us Apart

  • Michigan Tech’s cybersecurity curriculum combines both theory and applied research across multiple computing disciplines. We prepare graduates to succeed as cybersecurity professionals and researchers.
  • Our faculty research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), National Institutes of Health (NIH)),  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Microsoft, Google, and others. Five faculty members and an alumnus are NSF CAREER Award recipients.
  • Michigan Tech is the only University in the region that offers a cybersecurity graduate program.

Cybersecurity Theory and Application

The program combines academic and industry experience across multiple disciplines, with blended learning in theoretical and applied research. Shared resources and centers create a learning environment with strong research opportunities where students can thrive.

Students follow one of three tracks:

Track 1: Trusted Software Engineering (TSE)

Trusted software is the foundation of cybersecurity. The Software Engineering Institute estimates that 90 percent of reported security incidents result from exploits against defects in software design or code. Students in the TSE track learn how to systematically apply scientific and technical knowledge to the design, implementation and testing of software to enable it to withstand attack, to provide security services, and to inspire trust by potential hosts.

Track 2: Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

Advances in smart-grid technology create both improvements and entry points for hackers. Students in the CIP track focus on power grid cybersecurity with a critical mass of courses—industrial control security, network architecture, threat identification, anomaly detection, incident response, forensics, and recovery—that provides students with the knowledge and skills to carry out North America Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) CIP compliance and industry best practices. 

Track 3: Network Security Management (NSM)

Network Security Managers are among the highest-paid in the cybersecurity field, with an average salary range of $100,215 to $71,433, more in larger organizations. Students in the NSM track learn to develop and manage networks and services to meet computing-resources needs for organizations. Effective network and system management targets a variety of threats in different layers to stop them from entering or spreading on networks. Security teams design the networks, set up appropriate services, ensure resources are available, address performance concerns, study histories, and troubleshoot network and host problems.

General Degree Requirements

  • Complete 30 total approved credits
  • You must earn a grade of B or better in all courses
  • Satisfy 12 credits of core-course requirements by completing the four courses below:
CS 4471/5471 Computer Security1
EE 4723 Network Security
CS 5001 National Cybersecurity Policy and Law
MA 3203


1Students on the CIP and NSM tracks may substitute EE 5455-Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems for CS 4471/CS 5471.

  • Satisfy 12 credits concentration-course requirements by completing the four courses in your concentration below:
TSE CS 5472 Advanced Topics in Computer Security
TSE CS 4710 Model Driven Software Development
TSE CS 5321 Advanced Algorithms
TSE CS 5740 Development of Trusted Software
CIP EE 5500 Probability and Stochastic Processes
CIP EE 5231 Energy Control Center Applications
CIP EE 5451 Risk Assessment for Critical Infrastructure Protection
CIP EE 6210 Power System Dynamics and Stability
NSM SAT 5111 Security and Privacy
NSM SAT 4812 Cyber Security II
NSM SAT 5283 Information Governance and Risk Management
NSM SAT 5816 Digital Forensics

Funding Opportunities

Graduate students have many University-related and external options available to them. The Graduate School provides an extensive list of resources to aid students in finding additional funding opportunities.