Cybersecurity and Public Policy

Integrate technology and policy at Tufts and focus on international issues and responses in a wide variety of in-depth cybersecurity policy focus areas, ranging from development to national security.

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Medford, MA 02155
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M.S. in Cybersecurity and Public Policy

The Tufts University M.S. in Cybersecurity and Public Policy is an innovative on-campus master’s degree offered jointly by The Fletcher School and the Department of Computer Science in the Tufts School of Engineering. Graduates will be able to help organizations analyze policies for reducing risk and improving security, identify and manage cyber risk, and recover from cyber-attacks. Learn more and view the program brochure.

Watch Susan Landau, Director of the M.S. Program in Cybersecurity and Public Policy, discuss the degree program.


Susan Landau - Professor
Susan Landau
Ph.D , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cyber security policy, Communications surveillance, Privacy
Ming Chow
Associate Teaching Professor
M.S. , Tufts University
Game Development, Online Game Security, Web Application Security, Computer Science Education
Jeffrey Foster - Visiting Professor
Jeffrey Foster
Professor and Chair
Ph.D , University of California at Berkeley
Programming languages, Software engineering, Security, System design and development
Headshot, Carolyn Gideon
Carolyn Gideon
Assistant Professor, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , Harvard University
International Business, International Communications and Public Diplomacy, Science and Technology Policy
Headshot, Jeffrey Taliaferro
Jeffrey Taliaferro
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
International Relations, Security Studies
Josephine Wolff headshot
Josephine Wolff
Assistant Professor, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , MIT
Science and Technology Policy, Cybersecurity Policy, Economics of Information Security, Cyber-Insurance, Data Breaches and Liability

Application Deadlines

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Students with an interest in cybersecurity policy and a background in either policy or technology are encouraged to apply. Prospective students should have a solid background in computer science (major, strong minor, or the equivalent) or an undergraduate or advanced degree in economics, international relations, law, political science, or a related field.

Students must have taken an introductory course in computer programming before enrolling in the program. This is not an admissions requirement to be accepted into the program but is an entrance requirement – if a student is accepted into the program before they have taken an introductory course in computer programming, they must take the course before starting the program. The course can include programming in C++, Python, or Java, but should not be Javascript based. The course needs to teach not only programming, but also introduce algorithmic thinking and data structures.

Application Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo test scores (if applicable)
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation
> GRE scores not required
> Portfolio (optional)

For questions with regards to admissions, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Phone 617.627.3395