Program Structure

The Executive Master in Cybersecurity program blends residential and online learning, allowing participants to work full time and to apply new knowledge and skills immediately in their work settings. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a Master’s degree from Brown University.

Key Program Dates

Class of 2021, beginning Fall 2019

The EMCS Class of 2021 will begin study in Fall 2019. Commencement will take place in May 2021. Specific dates will be announced at a later time.

The program features:

  • 18-months in duration
  • Interactive online and face-to-face learning
  • A cohort of highly accomplished students who progress as a group and form a powerful network
  • Four 1-week residential sessions at Brown University in Providence, RI
  • One week of experiential learning in Washington, D.C. with technology and policy leaders
  • Courses divided among four academic terms
  • Critical Challenge Project, an individual, integrative project drawn from and immediately applicable to the student’s work environment

Before the program starts, students have access to the online program orientation to become familiar with online learning, to get acquainted with their peers, and to prepare for the program with recommended readings.

Students work individually and collaboratively on one course at a time. Each course begins and ends in a face-to-face session, so students fully engage with their peers and faculty in the residential sessions and continuously online. Online learning is asynchronous. Students and faculty log in regularly for meaningful interaction and do so at times that are most convenient for them.

In the Experiential Session in Washington, D.C., students will meet with cybersecurity leaders and other executives to find out how companies are deploying effective cybersecurity systems and policies. Through partnerships with business organizations and under the direction of program faculty, students strategically approach real world cybersecurity challenges using interdisciplinary frameworks forged throughout the program and receive critical feedback from industry leaders.

The Critical Challenge Project runs for the duration of the program and is integrated into every course. Students complete the program in 18 months, and return to Brown in May to receive their degree at the university graduation ceremony.


Tuition for the Class of 2021, beginning study September 2019: $103,500* USD

The comprehensive tuition covers the academic program, related fees, program events and a number of meals during residential sessions. It does not include travel or room and board for the residential sessions at Brown University or the experiential learning session, or for books and materials that may be required for courses. Brown University requires all students to have health insurance from a US provider while on campus. Students who require this coverage may purchase it from the university.

*Proposed tuition is subject to change, pending corporation approval.

Estimated Program Costs

Cost Description
$200 Application Fee
$103,500 Comprehensive Tuition*
$7,042 Estimated Lodging/Meals Cost for In-Residence Sessions
$1,500 Estimated Texts/Books/Supplies
$100 Academic Records Fee**
$112,342 Estimated Total Cost (travel costs are not included)

*The comprehensive tuition, less the included $1,500 program deposit, is split evenly and billed/payable across the four enrollment periods. All costs are shown in US dollars.

**The Academic Records Fee is billed during the first enrollment period. This fee is assessed by the Registrar’s Office and covers costs for all transcript requests.

Paying for your education

The majority of students enrolled in this program are self-supported and/or supported in part by their employers. The University offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows billed costs to be spread out over time. Students entering the program may be eligible for federal loans or veteran’s programs and can receive information and assistance from the Financial Aid Office at Brown University.

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, complete a scholarship form, and provide documentation regarding their financial circumstances. For information about general scholarships, as well as Brown Employee Scholarships, contact a program representative at or call 401-863-2700.