Online Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing Master’s Degrees


Engage with the latest thinking in cybersecurity and cloud computing by taking courses from world-class faculty with industry-leading experience.

The methods in which organizations approach information security and technology have changed dramatically over the last decade. Whereas organizations once housed the overwhelming majority of their data and applications within their own data centers, they have now shifted much of that information to the cloud, allowing for unprecedented scalability and agility.

At the same time, cybersecurity threats have become far more sophisticated with the rise of complex malware, advanced persistent threats and increased availability of exploit kits. As a result of these challenges, employers need professionals and leaders with well-rounded expertise who have an increased understanding of the technical aspects of cybersecurity and cloud computing, along with management and business process knowledge to guide organizational change.

The George Washington University has developed two cybersecurity master’s degrees as well as a master’s degree in cloud computing management to prepare graduates for addressing these issues from different, but equally important, angles. Our programs include the following:

With a unique blend of engineering, computer science and management courses, the multidisciplinary curricula accommodates students with a wide variety of backgrounds who are interested in starting or advancing their cloud computing or cybersecurity careers.

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Online Cybersecurity Master’s — Cybersecurity Analytics

A Cybersecurity Curriculum for Problem Solvers

The online Master of Engineering in cybersecurity analytics offers practical experience using cybersecurity and analytics tools to identify and mitigate damage from an array of cyberthreats. The curriculum comprehensively covers traditional methods for intrusion detection and assessing information security risks, while also covering new approaches such as semantic analysis of open-source intelligence (e.g., social media).

Some of the key areas covered in the curriculum include:

  • Cyber forensics
  • Network defense
  • Cloud computing security
  • Auditing and intrusion detection
  • Applied cyber data analytics
  • Hardware and software security
  • Security data visualization

The program is designed to establish the foundational technical skills necessary to excel in a cybersecurity career; therefore it is made accessible to individuals who are interested in entering the field. At the same time, experienced professionals will benefit from the opportunity to network with GW’s experienced faculty, share their knowledge with one another and further refine their expertise through practical exercises.

Learn more about GW’s cybersecurity analytics curriculum.

Online Cybersecurity Master’s — Policy and Compliance

A Cybersecurity Curriculum for Tomorrow’s Threats

The online master’s in cybersecurity policy and compliance introduces students to methods and industry best practices in the following:

  • Cryptography
  • Security systems
  • Algorithms
  • Software paradigms

The online format offers the advantage of synchronous or asynchronous delivery, providing students the flexibility to study when and where it best suits their circumstances. Taught by GW’s faculty of expert educators and cybersecurity professionals, the curriculum explores the complex intersections between policy and technology. Students become familiar with industry-recognized frameworks and methodologies as they train to take charge in the fast-paced world of information security.

Learn more about GW’s cybersecurity policy and compliance curriculum.

Online Master’s in Cloud Computing

A Cloud Computing Degree Designed to Build Cloud Leaders

The online Master of Engineering in cloud computing management is a multidisciplinary degree that prepares graduates to manage the unprecedented complexity of business cloud computing systems and services. The program combines knowledge of cloud computing systems and architecture, business process, management, security and data analytics — preparing students to solve challenges related to cloud migrations and answer the question, “What’s Next?” for their organizations.

The cloud computing management master’s program is designed for business and IT professionals who are excited by the potential of cloud computing and want to play a key role in transforming their organizations for the digital, cloud service-driven future.

Some of the key areas covered in the curriculum include:

  • Cloud applications architecture
  • Computer architecture and design
  • Big data and cloud computing
  • Applied machine learning for engineers
  • Cloud migration strategy

The program is designed to help graduates deal with increasingly complex business technology environments, which often consists of the combining multiple cloud services, on-premises infrastructure and numerous interconnection services in order to make data transferable between each of these environments. Graduates will be equipped to guide migration strategies, manage multi-cloud environments, and optimize cloud architecture for performance, security and reliability.

Learn more about GW’s cloud computing management curriculum.

Engage With Cybersecurity and Cloud Experts From Anywhere.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at the George Washington University has been bringing together great minds in industry and government since 1884. Today, GW is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R).

Online cloud computing and cybersecurity master’s students can participate in live class sessions with faculty, while taking advantage of the flexibility to fit courses into their busy schedules. They have access to GW’s wealth of resources, including special opportunities for current and former military service members.

Located in the nation’s capital, GW strives to promote a diverse educational atmosphere and develop uniquely forward-thinking programs by recruiting top faculty and tapping into the expertise of industry and government contacts. The cybersecurity analytics, cybersecurity policy and cloud computing management programs are aligned with the University’s mission to equip professionals with a deeper understanding of the discipline, lead with purpose, be innovative and apply critical thinking, using novel approaches, as career-oriented, lifetime learners.

Learn more about GW’s history of excellence.