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Cyber Security Degree vs. Technology Management Degree

IT professionals are in high demand for leadership and management positions. While it takes years of experience on the job to understand the intricacies of IT systems, understanding the long-term business implications of IT decisions can often be difficult to learn on the job. A master’s program such as a cyber security degree or technology management degree can give you the business foundation and leadership skills to take the next step in your career.

George Mason’s School of Business offers both an MS in Technology Management degree program and an MS in Management of Secure Information Systems. While both programs have similar features, the masters in technology management program targets experienced managers interested in gaining new skills for managing the IT function in any organization. The masters in secure information systems program is geared towards mid-career professionals engaged in the cyber security field.

Cyber Security Degree

The MS in Management of Secure Information Systems at Mason is designed for technology professionals looking to enhance their cyber security management expertise. The cyber security degree provides students with the leadership and management expertise they need while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks.

Program Features

  • January start date
  • Classes held on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Arlington Campus
  • Cohort of up to 35 professionals
  • Capstone project
  • One-week global residency
  • Cross-disciplinary program drawing on the expertise of faculty members within the schools of business, policy,
  • and engineering
  • Total of 36 credit hours completed in 16 months

Class Profile

  • Avg. Work Experience: 14 yrs
  • Average Age: 37
  • Female Students: 18%
  • Minority Students: 49%
  • Hold Security Clearances: 61%

Career Stage

Applicants are mid-career professionals actively engaged in the cyber security field in both the private sector and government who are interested in furthering their careers within the cyber security and information systems arena of an organization.

George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a cyber security masters degree providing a path to enhance professionals in the cyber security field and put them at the forefront of addressing cyber security challenges. This cross-disciplinary program draws on the expertise of faculty members within the School of Business, School of Public Policy, and Volgenau School of Engineering.

Technology Management Degree

The MS in Technology Management degree is for management professionals wanting to transform their knowledge and vision into strategic action. The Tech Management program provides students with an executive-level perspective and the right skill portfolio to manage across all business disciplines.

Program Features

  • January start date
  • Classes held on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Arlington Campus
  • Cohort of up to 35 professionals
  • Capstone project
  • Two tracks: Global Technology Practices and Information Security Management
  • Attendance at the annual Consumer Electronics Show
  • CIO certificate upon graduating
  • Total of 36 credit hours completed in 16 months

Class Profile

  • Avg. Work Experience: 15 yrs
  • Average Age: 38
  • Female Students: 26%
  • Minority Students: 37%
  • International Students: 7%
  • Hold Security Clearances: 32%

Career Stage
Applicants are experienced managers or project leaders who are interested in developing knowledge of business fundamentals and gaining critical tools for managing the IT function in any organization.

The Master’s in Technology Management program has a relevant and focused curriculum, experienced faculty, flexible program design for working professionals, active IT industry and global partnerships, and accomplished students and alumni. Mason’s MS in Technology Management degree program helps you further your technology leadership career, positioning you to take advantage of opportunities as you sharpen your ability to adapt and excel in an ever rapidly changing business environment.

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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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