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Cyber Security MS Programs for International Students

One of the fields that international students pursue within The Masters of Science degree is Cyber Security. This blog post explores the top programs in the United States and what the expected job outlook and salary may be for an international student on a F1 visa or J1 visa pursuing a Masters in Cyber Security.

Cyber Security

  • Consists of the technological processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from harmful outside forces.
  • Ensuring proper Cyber Security entails melding together many different elements including application security, information security, network security, disaster recovery/business continuity planning, operational security, and end-user education.
  • The global cybersecurity market reached $75 billion for 2015 and is expected to hit $170 billion in 2020.

According to, the top 10 graduate Cyber Security schools are:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University
  2. University of Texas – San Antonio
  3. Norwich University
  4. Syracuse University
  5. Mississippi State University
  6. George Mason University
  7. Drexel University
  8. Rochester Institute of Technology
  9. Stanford University
  10. University of South Florida

However, Cyber Security programs are not limited just to these schools. There are many Cyber Security programs out there and our advice is to do your own research to determine what program is a good fit for you as an international student on an F1 visa or J1 visa.

Shortage of STEM Jobs

With the shortage of STEM jobs, becoming a Cyber Security graduate is an option for an international student, as many companies might be looking to fill STEM job openings.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Information Security Analysts median pay in 2016 was $92,600.
  • The number of jobs in the U.S. in 2014, was 82,900 and that is expected to increase by 18% from 2014 to 2024.
  • As you can see, the MS cyber security salary pays off.

Another great resource for job prospects and salary information is to reach out to specific universities. Many will have in-depth information on job placement rates and salary information of their graduates. This can be very helpful in determining if a certain university is a good fit for you as an international student.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions about a Masters in Cyber Security as an F1 visa or J1 visa student in the comments below! Also, let us know if you’d like a profile on a different program, we’d love to write one up. Thanks!

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Nathan Treadwell

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