We have concluded our admissions process for the EMCS Class of 2021. Information about the next class, which will start Fall 2020, will be available early in 2020. To be notified when the application is available, please complete this form and a member of the EMCS advising team will contact you. We appreciate your interest.

Applications are currently being accepted for the graduating class of 2022, beginning study September 2020.

Applicants who submit their completed program and scholarship applications by the priority application deadlines will receive priority scholarship consideration. Students must be accepted into the program before a scholarship award can be considered.

We encourage those applying for scholarship funds to do so early. After the May 5th deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.


Application DeadlineDecision Communicated
Priority DeadlineMarch 29, 2020May 14, 2020
Regular DeadlineMay 5, 2020June 12, 2020

Applications are currently being accepted for the graduating class of 2021, beginning study September 2019.

Admission Criteria

The Executive Master in Cybersecurity program is for professionals with significant experience in technical or policy areas. They have an established track record of achievement and may already have an advanced degree in a technical or business domain.

Applicants should demonstrate a record of organizational responsibility and professional achievement. Applicants’ records of academic achievement may include post-graduate degrees but there is no formal educational requirement beyond a bachelor’s degree. Applicants are not required to submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam. Where appropriate, applicants may be required to submit TOEFEL scores.

Candidates are selected for the program based on what they will contribute to the peer learning community and their readiness to benefit from the program. The professional diversity of the cohort is a key benefit to the students.

Application Instructions

To complete your application, submit the following via the online applicationFor scholarship consideration (reviewed by a separate committee after application decisions are made), please also complete the scholarship application.
1. Application Form & Fee

Please complete and submit the online application. The application fee of US $200 can be paid by credit card via the online application.

2. Personal Statement

As part of the online application you will need to prepare a personal statement that addresses why you want to pursue the Executive Master in Cybersecurity at Brown, what you hope to learn from the program, and how your participation will enrich the experience of others in the program (approximately 500 words).

3. Description of Critical Challenge

This critical challenge will become the focus of your independent study in the “Critical Challenge Project” course throughout the duration of the program. Describe a critical challenge related to your field and interests, drawing from your own experience and vision for the future.

In your submission (500 – 1000 words) you should address, in four clearly marked sections:

  1. The complexity and challenges of the problem in the current environment,
  2. Technical, organizational, and social barriers and constraints,
  3. The specific work you anticipate completing while a student at Brown that will advance solutions to the problem, and
  4. Deliverables for your project besides a report, if any. (e.g., datasets, interview transcripts, videos, policy manuals, system prototypes)
4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume format can be in Microsoft Word or PDF.

5. Official Transcript(s)

Please submit an official transcript for all programs, both undergraduate and graduate, for which you were awarded a degree, prior to arrival on campus. Please note that unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application, but official transcripts are required for an application to be considered complete.

6. Letters of Recommendation (3)

On the application, you must provide the names and email addresses of three professional colleagues who have agreed to your request to provide a letter of recommendation. One letter should come from your present or past supervisor, or from a more senior executive in your organization.

Please note the referee will be asked the following questions:

  • We would appreciate your opinion on the candidate’s career achievements, strengths and weaknesses, initiative, creativity, their ability to contribute in a peer-to-peer learning environment, and how the program fits with the candidate’s career aspirations.
  • For how long and in what capacity have you know the applicant? If you have experience with the applicant in an academic setting, please comment on their academic performance and potential.
  • Finally, any relevant information you would like to share is welcome.
7. For Team Applications Only: A Letter from the Sponsoring Organization

The sponsoring organization should prepare one letter that identifies all team members with their current roles and responsibilities, and the expected benefits of sending them as a team. On their individual applications, each team member should indicate that they are part of a team, and one team member should submit the letter from the sponsoring organization.

No standardized test scores are required. Graduate Record Exam scores are not required. You may submit GRE scores as part of the online application if you have them. If appropriate, you may be asked to provide TOEFL scores.

The Selection Committee will review complete applications only. You will be notified by email about missing elements in your application, and you may login to monitor whether your file is complete.

Select candidates will be invited to interview. Candidates who are accepted into the program will be notified by the Brown University Graduate School.

Additional Admission Information

Reserving Your Place

Candidates who are accepted into the program must reserve their place with a non-refundable $1,500 deposit payable online by ACH or credit card, or by check to Brown University at:

225 Dyer Street, Box T
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island 02912

The deposit is due within 21 days of notification of acceptance and will be credited to the total program cost.

Degree and Alumni Benefits

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be granted an Executive Master in Cybersecurity degree and alumni status at Brown University. For more information on alumni benefits, visit the Brown Alumni Association.

Team Attendance

Immediate and sustained benefits may be optimized by organizations that sponsor a team of students. By developing a shared experience and vision in the program, an organizational team is poised to transfer this knowledge and to lead transformative change. Senior executives are encouraged to consult with the Program Director as they consider the advantages of sponsoring a team and plan the composition of their team. Each team member must complete an individual application and the team will be considered for admission when all applications are received.

For International Students Considering an Executive Master’s Program at the School of Professional Studies

Executive master’s programs offered by the School of Professional Studies blend low-residential session attendance with online learning, allowing students to work full-time while enrolled in their program. The School of Professional Studies does not issue I-20 certificates for the F-1 student visa, issued only for full-time on-campus study.

If you intend to pursue study at the School of Professional Studies as an admitted degree candidate, neither the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) nor B-2 visa is appropriate. ESTA and B-2 visas are only for international travelers whose main reason for visiting the United States is tourism. Attempting to enter the United States with a B-2 visa to earn credit is a violation of US visa policy and you risk being denied entry to the United States.

B-1 visa holders may not attend any educational activity that earns them academic credit. You risk being denied entry to the U.S. if you attempt to enter on a B-1 visa for the purpose of attending a U.S.-based session. You will not be enrolled in the program if you enter the U.S. on a B-1 visa.

Most other non-immigrant visa holders may attend for-credit professional education programs, seminars, or conferences incidental to their status. We encourage you to seek independent legal advice as to whether your status allows you to participate in our program.

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