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Learn to stop government or private sector security threats in our 100% online Master's!

What You'll Gain from our Master's in Information Security  

Learn to protect against cyber threats and take a leading role in digital forensics and information security.

There are more than 3,356,9654 cyber attacks happening right now! Learn to defend against these threats by launching your own attacks during live online training sessions in a remotely accessible security lab. Now that's hands on. Our sophisticated Cyber Security Lab is a realistic environment where you'll learn to safely test system vulnerabilities and prevent and defend against intrusions.

Certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), our Master's in Information Security is highly technical, highly interactive, and one of the most comprehensive graduate programs in the country. Designed for busy, working professionals, you can complete the program and earn your degree in just 5 semesters - 100% online, from the comfort of your home or office.

Choose your specialty:

  • Digital Forensics 
  • Malware Analysis 
  • Incident Response, or 
  • Mobile Forensics 

We prepare professional cyber security experts to protect our nation's information infrastructure and systems. Just ask our 250+ graduates who have earned influential info security positions!

Application Deadline

July 16

There's never been a more exciting and critical time to work in information security!

Example Lab Project: Cyber Attack and Defense

In this exercise, you will be assigned a remotely accessible computer with a default Linux or Windows installation. In this one-of-a-kind environment you will:

  • Secure your machine 
  • Perform reconnaissance on classmates’ machines 
  • Attack classmates’ machines 
  • Defend your own machine

Need a refresher?

Dust off or supplement your computer science skills before you begin our master's degree with one of our preparatory courses:

  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Computer Organization
  • Data Structures


This program is perfect for...

IT or Cybersecurity Analysts: Deepen your skills and qualify for a senior role, including CIO or CISO.

Military: Improve your status, switch departments, or transition to the private sector. 

System Administrators, Software Developers and Systems Engineers. Advance your career in this lucrative field and competitive job market.  

Career Changers: Launch a new career in digital forensics, cybersecurity, cryptography and more!

Remote Cyber Security Labs

Research Opportunities

Advanced Network Security Skills

NSA-recognized qualifications

“The mechanics of the course delivery allowed me to complete the program while living on two continents and raising a family.” 

Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin 



JMU is one of only 7 original National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, designed by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

A National Leader in Security

In addition to FAFSA financial aid, our students are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through
the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service.