Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management

College of Professional Studies

Master's Degree, Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
Location(s): Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Arlington Graduate Education Center, Online Learning

Program Overview

The master's degree in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management will provide a focused skill set for working professionals in the justice, public safety, and information technology fields that will enable them to use and oversee information systems in the fight against crime, terrorism, and other pressing security issues. This program will also enhance the cybersecurity leadership skills of current homeland security and criminal justice professionals, thereby preparing the next generation of strategic leaders who work to secure and protect the country's infrastructure. This master's degree represents an academic response to the current demand for comprehensive and strategic knowledge of policy, best practices, and strategies related to information technology, data management and cyber operations as they relate to the homeland security and justice sectors at both private and public levels.

The curriculum was designed by GW's College of Professional Studies in consultation with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, experts from the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, the military, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, leaders from law enforcement in the D.C. metropolitan area, and key private organizations working in the field of Cyber Security as well as Information Management.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall Term:
Campus Locations: Off-Campus Arlington/Ashburn or Online Education
Priority Deadline: April 15
Final Deadline: June 15 (Applications received after June 15 will be reviewed, space permitting)
Spring Term: 
Campus location: Online Education
Application Priority Deadline: November 1
Application Final Deadline: November 30

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations 

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable international credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé 

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.