Nov 8, 2017

Now Accepting Applications for New Master of Information and Cybersecurity

This new online degree program will respond to a growing demand for security professionals.

We are excited to announce that the School of Information is now accepting applications for a new online Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) degree program, also known as cybersecurity@berkeley. The program is being offered in collaboration with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) and the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security professionals is projected to grow 28 percent by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Significant industry growth can be attributed to the demand for more innovative solutions to protect privacy and prevent hacking in an increasingly data-driven environment.

“Data breaches are an ever increasing threat to today’s public and private entities. This program will not only equip students with core technical abilities, but they will also develop fluency in the business, political, and legal contexts for cybersecurity that will ultimately address national security considerations, ethical issues, and policy frameworks.”

– AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean, School of Information

The cybersecurity@berkeley program consists of 27 credit hours, with courses focusing on both the technical and interdisciplinary aspects of cybersecurity, including cryptography, secure programming, and web security. MICS students will interact with faculty, network with other students, and gain exposure to applied research through live online classes and real-world immersion experiences. Classes are taught by UC Berkeley faculty through interactive course content powered by 2U, Inc.

“The I School is thrilled to launch the first professional master’s degree in cybersecurity in the University of California system, which also builds on the huge success of our online data science master's degree. We are aggressively and innovatively fulfilling our public mandate to provide cutting-edge professional education to students who want to assume leadership positions in or shape policy for the broad technology sector.”

– Jesse Goldhammer, Associate Dean of Business Development and Strategy, School of Information

The first application deadline is January 30, 2018, and the first cohort of students will begin classes in May 2018. For more information, visit or contact an admissions counselor at

Last updated:

February 15, 2018