Be the Firewall against Cybercrime Attacks

The Master of Science in Computer Science concentration in Security at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) provides in-depth knowledge of emerging security threats and solutions to prepare technical leaders to identify, develop, and implement highly secure networks that support organizational goals.

Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • STEM Designated
  • 40 Credits
  • 12–20 Months
  • 17 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT
  • Tuition & Fees Range—Part-Time Study*: $32,500–$34,200

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.

Develop In-Demand Cybersecurity Skills for Your Career

Cybercrime has become easily the most significant threat to organizations and individuals alike. A single hack can affect billions of users or cripple a company, and the problem promises only to become more challenging as the world’s digital content balloons and more devices, machines, and vehicles become “smart.” Cybereconomy research firm Cybersecurity Ventures asserts that by 2021 global cybercrime damages will exceed $6 trillion per year. At the same time, there is dire need for those with the critical applied skills and technological expertise to protect against, detect, and investigate cybercrime. The (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study conducted in 2019 shows a shortfall in talent close to 500,000, and estimates that the workforce needs to grow more than 60 percent to meet today’s demands.

The BU MET Computer Science master’s with Security concentration will prepare you to fill sought-after roles as varied as chief information security officer, IT security director or manager, security architect/engineer, security administrator, or information security analyst—which was ranked #5 in the U.S. News & World Report list of Top Technology Jobs (2020) and shows much faster than average growth.

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A National Center of Academic Excellence

Boston University has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Our information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

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What Do My Career Options Look Like with a Master’s in Computer Science from BU’s Metropolitan College?

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Why Earn a Master’s in Computer Science Degree from BU?

  • Recognized & Certified: Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research. BU MET’s information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s computer science courses ensure you get the attention you need, while introducing case studies and real-world projects that emphasize technical and theoretical knowledge—combining in-depth, practical experience with the critical skills needed to remain on the forefront of the information technology field. In addition, BU’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security (RISCS) offers opportunities to collaborate and participate in research on system reliability and information security.
  • Career Counseling: MET’s Career Development office and BU’s Center for Career Development offer a variety of job-hunting resources, including one-on-one career counseling by appointment for both online and on-campus students.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Computer Science master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty and industry leaders who have hands-on involvement in areas such as cybersecurity, digital forensics, data analytics, database management, cybersecurity, computer networks, software engineering, software development, and many others.
  • Extensive Network: Study computer science alongside peers with solid IT and business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts across several sectors, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • STEM Designated: Eligible graduates on student visas have access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) of 12 months and an extension for up to 24 additional months.
  • Student Support: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty mentors and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus with courses that begin fall, spring, and summer.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET’s Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and is the longest-running computer science department at BU. Over its four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region.
  • Merit Scholarships: US citizens and permanent residents are automatically considered during the application process and nominated based on eligibility. Learn more.

Master the Tools to Excel in Computer Science

The Security concentration is part of BU MET’s Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree program, focusing on developing the specific skills required to successfully develop and implement sophisticated and effective IT security systems.

BU MET’s Computer Science master’s degree prepares you for jobs that are seeing faster-than-average growth and excellent salaries. Amid growing demand for—and reliance upon—big data, cloud computing, machine learning information security, and networking, jobs in the computer science and information technology sector continue to grow at a faster rate than other occupations, with overall projected growth of 11 percent through 2029 and a median annual wage of more than $88K in 2019 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Outlook Handbook). Because of the specialized nature of the work, competition for talent is fierce.

Graduate with Expertise

In addition to the learning outcomes derived from Metropolitan College’s Computer Science master’s degree program, the concentration in Security will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of cybersecurity concepts, models, principles, and practices, and ability to apply the knowledge to identify and solve the cybersecurity problems.
  • Identify and explain social, legal, and ethical issues related to cybersecurity and privacy, and how they guide and apply cybersecurity design, planning, and decisions.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of crypto algorithms and their applications.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of network security and its applications.
  • Identify and develop technologies and tools to prevent, detect, react, and recover from attacks in various contexts using both offensive and defensive thinking.
  • Effectively communicate (verbally and in writing), work in teams, and provide leadership.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics share specific courses with the master’s in Computer Science concentration in Security. Students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate who are interested in transitioning into a master’s degree should contact their academic advisor to declare their interest in this pathway. A new master’s degree application is not required. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at csadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.



A total of 40 credits is required.

Students who are declaring an MSCS concentration in Security must complete the core and required concentration courses.

A minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate program is a C (2.0) but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and to be eligible to graduate.

Core Curriculum

(Five courses/20 credits)

And one of the following:

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program or have relevant work-related experience may request permission from the Department of Computer Science to replace the corresponding core courses with graduate-level computer science electives. Please refer to the MET CS Academic Policies Manual for further details.

Security Concentration Requirements

(Five courses/20 credits)

Plus one course selected from the following:

And no more than one additional course from the following list of General Electives:



Computer Science Faculty

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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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Comprehensive Financial Assistance

Our services include scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans.

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BU MET Programs offer the flexibility of part-time or full-time study. Tuition, fees, and total program cost are determined by enrollment status. If you enroll in 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) in a semester, you are charged the part-time per-credit rate. If you enroll in 3–4 courses (12–16 credits) in a semester, you are charged the full-time semester rate.

MS in Computer Science, Security Concentration (On Campus)

Enrollment Status Part Time Full Time
Courses per Semester 2 courses
(8 credits)
4 courses
(16 credits)
3 courses
(12 credits)
Time to Degree 5 semesters
(20 months)
3 semesters
(12-16 months)***
4 semesters
(16-20 months)***
Tuition* $550-$975
per credit**
$33,335
per semester
$33,335
per semester
Fees per Semester* $60 $478 $478
Total Degree Cost* $32,500–
$34,200
$75,486 $105,399

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition & fee rates.
**Cost per credit is determined by course number (100–599 = $550/credit, 600–999 = $975/credit).
***Summer semester enrollment is not required for international students to maintain F-1 visa status. Enrollment in summer semester coursework will expedite completion of program and reduce total program cost.

International students seeking an F-1 visa for on-campus study must enroll full time and demonstrate availability of funds to cover the Estimated Cost of Graduate Study; those who wish to study online may enroll part-time but are not eligible for a visa. Learn more about International Student Tuition & Fees.

Questions? Please contact us to hear from an Admissions Advisor who can help you determine the best enrollment pathway. For information regarding financial aid, visit BU MET’s Financial Aid page.

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