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.

Brown’s cybersecurity master’s degree is designed to be completed in 16 months, spread over four consecutive academic terms. Students enter the program in the fall term, and continue successively in the spring, summer, and fall terms. This structure enables students to complete their degree after the end of their second fall term. Degrees are conferred in February, after the second fall term, and graduates celebrate their achievements by participating in Brown’s Commencement in May. The intensive program is designed to quickly strengthen the cybersecurity expertise of experienced professionals.

Students complete in-person coursework during 4 on-campus residential sessions that are led by Brown’s renowned faculty. There is one residential session per academic term. In-person coursework is the foundation of the program. Students begin their academic journey by taking part in one of Brown’s many great traditions: the Convocation ceremony. At this ceremony, new students are welcomed into the Brown community and celebrated by professors, upper level students, and staff.

Residential sessions are designed to enable students to get to know one another and their professors. The residential sessions deliver coursework over five or six days of lectures, class work, and group projects. Additionally, students will benefit from Brown’s deep network of experts and industry contacts. Each session features specially curated events such as guest speakers, visits to leading companies, social events, and expert panels that enable students to learn from leading cybersecurity practitioners.

The time after a residential session–either one or two weeks–is set aside for post-work: thoughtful assignments that tie courses together and empower students to reflect on key lessons they’ve learned during in-person lectures. During the post-work weeks, students do not have new lessons. This also provides an opportunity for students to transition back to their professional work.

When students are not on campus, they complete coursework through the program’s online portal. The portal allows students to interact with their professors and classmates, complete lessons, and submit assignments. Students work individually and collaboratively on one course at a time. Online learning is asynchronous. This enables students to engage with instructional material within a time span, rather than at set times.

The program is cohort based. Cohort members follow the same path to graduation by taking each course together. This format enables students to develop a deep understanding of the industries their fellow cohort members work in. Importantly, this format also facilitates strong friendships and authentic conversations about serious cybersecurity challenges.

The chart below illustrates a student’s academic progression through the program. After completion of the second term courses, students can register to complete the required Critical Challenge Project course during the summer term or in the final term.

Fall Term

Courses 1 and 2
12 weeks of Online Instruction
1 week in Residence
1 week of Post-Work
nds in late December

Winter Break

Approximately 1 month

Spring Term

Courses 3 and 4
10 weeks of Online Instruction
1 week in Residence
2 weeks of Post-Work
Ends in late May

Summer BreakApproximately 1 month
Summer Term

Course 5
4 weeks of Online Instruction
1 week in Residence
2 weeks of Post-Work
Ends in late August

Fall Term

Courses 6 and 7
10 weeks of Online Instruction
1 week in Residence
2 weeks of Post-Work
Ends in late December

Key Program Dates

Class of 2022, beginning Fall 2020

The Class of 2022 will begin study during the fall of 2020 and Commencement will take place in May 2022.

Key Program Dates: Class of 2022


The program features:

  • A 16-month 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
  • Experiential learning with technology and policy leaders
  • A Critical Challenge Project designed by the student and immediately applicable to the student’s work environment


Tuition for the Class of 2022, beginning study in Fall 2020, will be $95,000.

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.

Class of 2022 Estimated Program Costs

These estimated costs were prepared for the Class of 2022 and demonstrate possible costs that applicants can expect, but the estimated costs should not be relied upon.

$200Application Fee
$95,000Comprehensive Tuition*
$7,042Estimated Lodging/Meals Cost for In-Residence Sessions
$1,500Estimated Texts/Books/Supplies
$100Academic Records Fee**
$103,842Estimated 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.