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April 14, 2021

WPI launches new cyber security master’s program

Photo | Grant Welker Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is launching a master’s degree program in cybersecurity, the school announced on Tuesday.

Employment in the cyber security industry has increased dramatically in recent years, the school said, both domestically and abroad. The program at WPI will pull from the school’s expertise in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, as well as the mathematical sciences department and its Foisie Business School, according to the announcement.

“We recognize that the workforce needs professionals who can combine technical expertise in security with an understanding of its impact on people and businesses,” said associate professor of computer science, Craig Shue, in a statement. “Our new master’s in cyber security exposes students to each of these topics, ensuring that they can make a real impact.”

Jobs in the field can range anywhere from intrusion detection to security information and cloud computing, the school said. Cyber security is necessary in an array of industries, as well, including finance, insurance, manufacturing and defense, among others.

The program at WPI will include both a standard and advanced track to help accommodate students who may be at different academic levels. That said, applicants will be asked to show they have sufficient background in computing, as well as a background in developing using software tools. Students with different backgrounds will be able to apply as long as they can indicate their readiness through other measures, like the GRE exam, professional certification or technical work experience, according to the announcement. 

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