Make a difference in the fight against cyber attacks

Recent cyberattacks have highlighted the importance of cybersecurity. Organizations need professionals at all levels—not just in the IT department—who understand the technical, legal and business aspects of cybersecurity risk management, as well as how to safeguard privacy.

Only the MS in Cybersecurity Risk Management from Indiana University will give you the unique—and valuable—ability to identify and mitigate a wide range of cyber threats in your chosen career path.

This degree program brings together cybersecurity courses from three of IU’s top-ranked schools—the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, the Kelley School of Business and the Maurer School of Law—and uniquely focuses on the intersection of technology, business, and law.

Venn diagram illustrating the relationships among law, technology, and management in cybersecurity.

Students can earn concentrations within the MS, or they may take a more ‘general’ track. Before enrolling in the MS, you might be interested in earning one of IU’s cybersecurity certificates. All credits earned as a certificate student apply to the MS.

Your holistic training will prepare you to:

  • Protect privacy and intellectual property.
  • Promote information and systems security.
  • Address cyber threats to national and international security.

About the degree

Your MS in Cybersecurity Risk Management:

  • It can be customized to your schedule – you can enroll full-time on campus or online, or you can take up to five years to complete the degree.
  • Will include a capstone project in the service of a real-world client.
  • It offers graduate career services options to all students.


Prepare to become effective cybersecurity professional.

The MS in Cybersecurity Risk Management is a 30-credit hour program that can be customized to fit your schedule. The degree can be completed in as little as two years—or you can take up to five years. You may enroll full-time on the IU Bloomington campus or online.


Students will take at least six credit hours in Technical Cybersecurity, Information Technology Risk Management, and Cybersecurity Law and Policy.

In addition to these courses, there is a Cybersecurity Risk Management Practicum. In this capstone project, you will gain real-world consulting experience and find solutions for Indiana government agencies, local governments, and schools. Your recommendations will strengthen your skills—and minimize cyber threats.

At least 6 credit hours from Technical Cybersecurity

  • INFO I500 Fundamental Computer Concepts for Informatics (3 cr.) (In-Residence Only)
  • INFO I520 Security and Software Assurance (3 cr.) (Online and In-Residence) (Prerequisites: Networking and Computing Background Required)
  • INFO I521 Malware: Threat & Defense (3 cr.) (In-Residence Only) (Prerequisites: Networking and Computing Background Required)
  • INFO I537 Legal and Social Informatics of Security (3 cr.) (In-Residence Only) (Prerequisites: Basic Scripting and/or Programming Knowledge)
  • INFO I533 Systems and Protocol Security and Info. Assurance (3 cr.) (Online and In-Residence) (Prerequisites: Networking and Computing Background Required)
  • INFO I538 Introduction to Cryptography (3 cr.) (In-Residence Only) (Prerequisites: Strong Mathematical background Required along with Basic Programming/Scripting)
  • INFO I539 Cryptographic Protocols (3 cr.) (In-Residence Only) (Prerequisites: Strong Mathematical background Required along with Basic Programming/Scripting)
  • CSCI-A 541 Computing and Technology Bootcamp (3 cr.) (Online )

Note: Students without a technical background will need to enroll in appropriate prerequisites before taking upper-level cybersecurity coursework. Program staff will work with interested students to ensure that they meet these requirements.

At least 6 credit hours from Information Technology Risk Management

  • BUKD T501: Big Data Technologies (3cr.) (Online) (Prerequisite: BUEX C533)
  • BUKD T560: IT Risk Management (3cr.) (Online)
  • BUKD T579: Information Systems Security (3 cr.) (Online)
  • BUKD T578: Cybersecurity Law & Policy (3 cr.) (Online)
  • BUKD C522: IT Technology for Managers (3 cr.) (Online)
  • BUEX C533: Data Intelligence & Visualization (3 cr.) (Online)
  • BUKD C548: Managing Intellectual Property in Global Business (3 cr.) (Online)

At least 6 credit hours from Cybersecurity Law and Policy

  • BUKD T578: Cybersecurity Law & Policy (3 cr.) (online) or L578: Cybersecurity Law & Policy (1.5 cr.) (In-Residence)
  • LAW B587: Information Security Law (3 cr.) (In-Residence Only)
  • LAW B708: Information Privacy Law I—Constitutional Privacy Issues (3 cr.) (In-Residence and Online)
  • LAW B738: Cybersecurity (3 cr.) (In-Residence Only)
  • LAW B655: Information Privacy & Security Management Practicum (3 cr.) (Online) (Note: Cross-listed for Cybersecurity Risk Management Capstone)
  • LAW B728: Information Privacy Law II (3 cr.) (In-Residence and Online)
  • LAW B536: Health Privacy Law (2 cr.) (In-Residence Only)
  • LAW L730: Intellectual Property Seminar (3 cr.) (In-Residence Only)

Cybersecurity Capstone

  • BUS-L 589 Cybersecurity Risk Management Capstone (3 cr.) (Online)

How to Apply

Your goals are within reach. We can help you get there.

Our MS in Cybersecurity Risk Management program is designed for hardworking students with a passion for technology, intellectual property, privacy and helping organizations of all sizes manage risk in an increasingly interconnected world. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply.

Applicants must have a minimum program GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework. We’ll also consider your:

  • Online application.
  • Transcripts - Please send transcripts to MS Cyber, Bryan Hall 100, 107 S Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405.
  • Resume.
  • Personal statement (1-2 pages).
  • Three letters of recommendation - Please list the names of references on the online application.
  • GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores (waivers granted to those who qualify: IU graduates with GPA of 3.2 or higher, or applicants with an earned master’s degree, or applicants with at least five years’ work experience and a relevant professional certification). Please send GMAT scores to 8ZG-41-03 and GRE scores to 001324.
  • TOEFL exam (for international applicants). If your native language is not English, you must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test service (ETS) should report the TOEFL score directly to Indiana University (IU) Bloomington. The IU TOEFL code is "1324." The MS program looks for TOEFL scores as follows: 79 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based), and only scores five years old or less are considered.

Interested in Fall admission? Please submit all application materials by June 15. Interested in Spring admission? Please submit all application materials by November 15.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
Indiana University Graduate School – Cybersecurity
Last updated November 14, 2019
This course is Online, Campus based
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Aug 2020
2 years
25,000 USD
Estimated In-State Cost: $25,000. Estimated Out-Of-State Cost: $43,000.
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