5 Reasons to Choose Mason’s Cyber Security Degree

As you determine which cyber security degree fits your needs best, there are important factors to consider including business network, type of learning, location, career services and student programs.

Take a look below for a list of 5 reasons why you should choose the Mason MS in Management of Secure Information Systems for your cyber security degree.

Mason Cyber Security Degree Experience

Rigorous and relevant coursework inside the classroom is coupled with high-impact activities outside the traditional classroom setting.

  1. High-Caliber Peers & Deep Business Connections

One of the best aspects of the Mason’s masters in cyber security degree is the opportunity to learn from other professionals—and forge friendships that will last a lifetime. Throughout the program, you take all classes within your cohort consisting of 25-40 colleagues. You immediately form a network of business professionals you can rely on for help within the classroom and in a professional capacity upon graduating.

Our program is also entrenched in the global cyber security community with industry partners including the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-NOVA), ISC2, and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

  1. Experiential Learning

You will engage in an intensive global residency. This trip gives you a firsthand look at how other countries address cyber security issues. Students often rate their residency as one of the most impactful experiences of their program.

You will also complete a capstone project in which you form a small project team with classmates and serve as consultants to address a major cyber challenge of an organization. This is not a theoretical capstone; you will work closely with company executives to gather information and present your recommendations.

  1. Convenient Location

On-site classes are held at our Arlington campus conveniently located near the Virginia Square Metro station (Orange & Silver lines) and are augmented with online learning. Our classrooms feature the latest multimedia technology and other modern amenities. We also offer a lecture theater, office facilities, break out rooms, and a graduate student lounge.

  1. Lifetime Professional Development

You benefit from a dedicated career management staff that offers individualized career consulting, employment and networking opportunities, and online resources. Our strong relationships with the business community affords you a variety of opportunities to connect with and gain valuable insights from area business professionals. As a School of Business alumni, you retain lifetime access to our career consulting staff.

  1. Student-Centered Program Services

Our program team realizes that you have many responsibilities at both work and home, and they are committed to helping you achieve a quality balance during the time you spend in the program. We register you for classes. On class days, we provide breakfast and lunch, as well as breaks. In short, we provide the support you need to successfully manage the many demands on your time.

At George Mason, we prepare business executives for the changes in cyber security and the cyber threats that exist today. 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 cyber security masters program provides students with the leadership and management expertise needed while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks. 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.

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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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