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The Tufts University M.S. in Cybersecurity and Public Policy is an innovative on-campus master’s degree offered jointly by The Fletcher School and the Department of Computer Science in the Tufts School of Engineering. Graduates will be able to help organizations analyze policies for reducing risk and improving security, identify and manage cyber risk, and recover from cyber-attacks.

Curriculum

Students will fulfill a minimum of 10 courses or 30 credits over the course of 12-16 months, divided between computer science and policy studies. The following courses are required (though the first two below may be waived if a student has a computer science background):

  • Computer Science for Future Presidents (4 credit hours)
  • How Systems Work (4 credit hours)
  • How Systems Fail (4 credit hours)
  • Cyber in the Civil Sector: Threats and Upheavals OR Cyberlaw and Cyberpolicy (3 credit hours)
  • International Cyber Conflict: An Introduction to Power and Conflict in Cyberspace OR Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare (3 credit hours)
  • Privacy in the Digital Age (3 credit hours)

Students will be required to also complete 9 semester hours of policy or technical electives.

Application Requirements

Students with an interest in cybersecurity policy and a background in either policy or technology are encouraged to apply. Prospective students should have a solid background in computer science (major, strong minor, or the equivalent) or an undergraduate degree in political science, international relations, economics, or a related field.

Students must have taken an introductory course in computer programming before enrolling in the program. This is not an admissions requirement to be accepted into the program but is an entrance requirement – if a student is accepted into the program before they have taken an introductory course in computer programming, they must take the course before starting the program. The course can include programming in C++, Python, or Java, but should not be Javascript based. The course needs to teach not only programming but also to introduce algorithmic thinking and data structures.

  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores not required
Program taught in:
  • English

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