A part of the Department of Computer Science, WPI’s Cybersecurity program creates an exciting environment in which students can examine technical problems within social and organizational contexts to explore cybersecurity, a global issue that increasingly affects many parts of our lives.

Undergraduate students interested in this educational path can pursue a cybersecurity concentration (PDF) within their BS degree in Computer Science. Graduate students can pursue an MS or PhD degree in Computer Science with a cybersecurity specialization (PDF), utilizing the expertise of faculty across disciplines in engineering, computer science, social sciences, management, and more. This interdisciplinary approach engages students in all areas of cybersecurity: software security, analysis of security policies and protocols, network security, embedded system security, cyber-physical system security, cryptography, and online privacy.

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD

Center of Excellence

WPI has been recognized as an NSA/DHS Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Research. This recognition is a testament to the diverse and extensive research and other academic efforts by our security-related faculty.

CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service

The National Science Foundation has partnered with WPI on the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service initiative. This prestigious program funds cybersecurity education for undergraduate and graduate students in exchange for a period of government employment after graduation.

In the News

Forbes interviewed Michael Ahern, director of corporate and professional education, on the cybersecurity training programs he and his team have been creating for several ‘critical’ industries, for this article. “I was an engineer in the power industry for 30 years, and I know that some of these companies are being attacked thousands of times a day,” Ahern said. “There are not enough cybersecurity workers at a time when the trend is that more and more hacks are successful.”

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This Reuters’ article included comments from Susan Landau, professor of cybersecurity policy. In the article, Landau stated that “the new bill was an effort to put the process ‘into civilian control.’”