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Strategic Cyber Operations and Information Management

College of Professional Studies

Master's Degree, Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
Location(s): Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Arlington Graduate Education Center, Hampton Roads Center

Program Overview

The master's degree in Strategic Cyber Operations and Information Management will provide a focused skill set for working professionals in the justice, public safety, and information technology fields that will enable them to use and oversee information systems in the fight against crime, terrorism, and other pressing security issues. This program will also enhance the cybersecurity leadership skills of current homeland security and criminal justice professionals, thereby preparing the next generation of strategic leaders who work to secure and protect the country's infrastructure. This master's degree represents an academic response to the current demand for comprehensive and strategic knowledge of policy, best practices, and strategies related to information technology, data management and cyber operations as they relate to the homeland security and justice sectors at both private and public levels.

The curriculum was designed by GW's College of Professional Studies in consultation with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, experts from the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, the military, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, leaders from law enforcement in the D.C. metropolitan area, and key private organizations working in the field of Cyber Security as well as Information Management.
 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – June 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a current supervisor).  Recommendations must include a separate sheet (preferably on official stationary) addressing the four questions found in the recommendation form.  Detailed answers must be provided addressing the applicant’s professional abilities, personal qualities, career potential, and potential to be successful in a graduate-level program.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé and proof of employment as a safety and/or security professional.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

 

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria VA 22314

Contact for questions:
College of Professional Studies
applycps@gwu.edu
703.299.6782 (phone)
703.299.4144 (fax)
Office Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday