November 13, 2017

New Master of Information and Cybersecurity Degree, cybersecurity@berkeley, Now Accepting Applications

The UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) is now accepting applications for a new, online Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) program, also known as cybersecurity@berkeley. The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is working in collaboration with the I School and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering to launch this new program.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security professionals is projected to grow 28 percent by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Significant industry growth can be attributed to the demand for more innovative solutions to protect privacy and prevent hacking in an increasingly data-driven environment.

“A crucial part of our mission at CLTC is to enable the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to get out ahead of the evolving threat environment,” said Steve Weber, Faculty Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. “This is a place where research and teaching truly reinforce each other, and we’re honored to be in a position to support both and enhance the synergies between them.”

“Data breaches are an ever increasing threat to today’s public and private entities,” said AnnaLee “Anno” Saxenian, dean and professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley. “This program will not only equip students with core technical abilities, but they will also develop fluency in the business, political, and legal contexts for cybersecurity that will ultimately address national security considerations, ethical issues, and policy frameworks.”

The cybersecurity@berkeley program consists of 27 credit hours, with courses focusing on both the technical and interdisciplinary aspects of cybersecurity, including cryptography, secure programming, and web security. MICS students will interact with faculty, network with other students, and gain exposure to applied research through live online classes and real-world immersion experiences. Classes are taught by UC Berkeley faculty through interactive course content powered by 2U, Inc.

“CLTC is thrilled that the UC Berkeley School of Information is leading the charge to develop a high-level, technical, and engaging cybersecurity master’s degree program,” said Betsy Cooper, Executive Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. “Our corporate and government partners tell us that the hardest challenge they face is hiring good cybersecurity professionals. We’re very happy to support this degree program, which is an excellent step and will actively contribute to closing the cybersecurity skills gap.”

The first application deadline is January 30, 2018, and the first cohort of students will begin classes in May 2018. For more information, visit or contact an admissions counselor at