Admissions and Financial Aid

We seek dynamic, motivated and creative candidates and consider how each applicant will contribute to — and benefit from — Brown's diverse and collaborative culture. The committee takes a holistic look at each application and factors in your unique talents, accomplishments, energy, curiosity, perspective and identity. We strongly encourage you to apply and look forward to getting to know you.

Admissions Process

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for more information.

Successful Candidates Will Demonstrate:

  • Professional achievements
  • Leadership potential
  • Academic excellence

Basic Admissions Criteria

  • Professional cybersecurity experience in technology, business, education, finance, government, health, legal, security or other sectors
  • Demonstrate a record of organizational responsibility and professional achievement
  • Undergraduate degree
  • GRE/GMAT not required

 Applications are currently closed. Please check back for more information. 

To complete your application, submit the following via the online application system:

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

  • Personal Statement
    As part of the online application you will need to prepare a personal statement that addresses why you want to pursue the ScM 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).

  • 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:

    • The complexity and challenges of the problem in the current environment,

    • Technical, organizational, and social barriers and constraints,

    • The specific work you anticipate completing while a student at Brown that will advance solutions to the problem, and

    • Deliverables for your project besides a report, if any.

  • Letters of Recommendation
    You must give the names and contact information for three professional colleagues who will submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. One letter should come from your present or past supervisor or from a more senior executive in your organization. Please note that you only need to provide their names and contact information, not the actual recommendations, in order to submit your application.

    The referee will be asked:

    • 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.

    • 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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

$95,000 USD*

Tuition and fees for the ScM in Cybersecurity Class of 2022 (beginning study September 2020) are $95,000 USD. Travel and lodging for residential sessions and immersion experiences and any required books and materials are additional.

*Pending approval from the Brown Corporation.

The majority of students enrolled in this program are self-supported and/or supported in part by their employers. We encourage master's applicants to maximize funding sources:

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Scholarship support may be awarded to select candidates who have a record of outstanding achievements and demonstrate the potential to contribute significantly to peer-to-peer learning that is valued so highly in the program.

The scholarship committee will consider scholarship applications from candidates who are admitted to the program, complete a scholarship form, and provide documentation regarding their financial circumstances.

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We encourage you to simultaneously apply for outside scholarships and pursue educational benefits at your organization.

Military applicants are encouraged to research benefits eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill®; Brown University School of Professional Studies is also a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Limited scholarship support may be awarded to select candidates who have a record of outstanding achievements and demonstrate the potential to contribute significantly to peer-to-peer learning that is valued so highly in the program. Candidates from the government and public sector are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship committee will consider scholarship applications from candidates who are admitted to the program.

Applicant Profile

Student selectivity and the professional diversity of the cohort are key benefits of the program.

Our program is for experienced professionals from technical, policy or related areas who have or aspire to have increasing responsibility for cybersecurity. Here are some examples of our applicant profiles:

  • Professional with technical skills who is moving into a managerial or policy role
  • Professional with policy and managerial expertise who needs to acquire knowledge and skills in cybersecurity
  • Lawyer or consultant seeking increased knowledge and experience in cybersecurity
  • Senior manager newly charged with security and privacy responsibilities
  • Current chief security/privacy officer seeking to improve organizational performance
  • Enterprise area leader who works closely with and/or needs to understand IT and security


At this time, we do not offer I-20 certificates for students in the Cybersecurity master's programs due to their blended low-residency/online program formats. Other visa types are not supported for studying in the United States. If you do not require a visa to study in the United States, but received your degree(s) outside of the United States, we require a course-by-course credential evaluation sent directly from World Education Services (WES) to the Brown University School of Professional Studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to our most commonly asked questions.

Outside of the residential sessions on campus, you should anticipate 15-20 hours of online coursework per week.

Typically 2-3 classes are taken at a time. The blended format of our program offers our students the best of both worlds: low-residency, in-person instruction paired with online learning.

Tuition for the Class of 2022, beginning study September 2020, is $95,000 pending approval from the Brown Corporation. The comprehensive tuition covers the 16-month academic program and related fees. It does not include travel, lodging for the residential sessions at Brown University, or any books and materials that may be required for courses.

Yes, a limited number of scholarships are available for students with financial need. If the student is eligible, the scholarship could be up to 10% of tuition.

The ScM in Cybersecurity program includes 8 classes plus your Critical Challenge Project.

ScM in Cybersecurity graduates earn 32 credits.

Your diploma will declare that you have obtained a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Brown University.