Georgia Tech Launches Online Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity

Georgia Tech will offer a new online Master’s degree program in cybersecurity.

Alison Guillory / WABE

The Georgia Institute of Technology announced Thursday it will offer a new online master’s degree in cybersecurity. Georgia Tech offers two other online master’s programs — in Computer Science and Science in Analytics.

Research shows the university’s online Computer Science program helped expand master’s degrees in the field by 8-10 percent. Dr. Raheem Beyah, a professor and executive director of the new program, hopes for similar results, given the nationwide shortage of cybersecurity talent. 

“Security is a big problem,” Beyah says. “I tell my students in class, ‘Listen, we’ve all been hacked, just some of us know it and some of us [don’t], and that’s the truth. So, we absolutely need as many cybersecurity experts as possible.”

Students in the program will be able to choose one of three specializations: policy, energy systems, or information security. Beyah says the degree is interdisciplinary, so students will be exposed to each specialty.

“Our energy students will learn a little bit about policy, and our policy students will learn a little about info security, which is important,” he says. “We patterned it after the security problem which is inherently interdisciplinary. We wanted to have a program that matched the current security challenges.”

Beyah says the program is flexible. Students can complete courses at their own speed. They could also save money.

Officials estimate the degree program will cost about $10,000. Tuition for the same course on campus is about $20,000 for in-state students, and $40,000 for those who live out-of-state.

The application deadline for the first class of students is October 1. The program begins in January.