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.

Graduate students interested in this educational path can pursue an MS or PhD degree in Computer Science with a cybersecurity specialization, 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

CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service at WPI

The National Science Foundation has partnered with WPI on the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service initiative. This prestigious program will help to fund graduate students who will commit to government service after graduation.

Cyber Defense Team

Every year, WPI’s Cyber Defense Team battles with the nation’s other top schools to see who can best protect an organization in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The competition pits the Blue Team, which protects an organization's systems and network, against the Red Team, an elite group of security professionals bent on destruction.

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.”


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.’”


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