Program Schedule and Format

Designed for busy, ambitious professionals, our program blends online learning with in-person sessions. Regardless of where you live, Brown’s rigorous curriculum, world-class faculty and dynamic community allows you to build the network and skills vital for advancing your business without interrupting your career.

Program Schedule

Online learning is woven throughout the program. When not on campus, students complete coursework and interact with professors and classmates through an online portal.

Program Format

Brown University’s Master's in Cybersecurity is a 16-month program, spread over four consecutive academic terms, and designed to quickly strengthen your expertise as a cybersecurity professional. The intensive program blends residential and online learning, allowing you to work full time and to apply new knowledge and skills immediately in your work settings.

Students enter the program in the fall, and continue successively in the spring, summer and fall terms. To kickoff your academic journey, students take part in one of Brown’s many great traditions: the Convocation ceremony. This celebration is where new students are welcomed into the Brown community by professors, upper level students and staff. Degrees are conferred in February, after the second fall term, and graduates celebrate their achievements by participating in Brown’s Commencement in May.

In-person coursework is the foundation of the program. Students convene during four on-campus residential sessions — one per academic term — led by Brown’s world-class faculty and provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer collaboration and community building. These relationships are the foundation for the powerful network that develops, creating an environment for a lively exchange of ideas and connections that serve as expert resources during and after the program.

The coursework includes a mix of lectures, class work and group projects. 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 Brown’s deep network of experts and industry contacts.

After each residential session, time 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 this time, students do not have new lessons so it provides an opportunity for you to transition back to your professional work after a period of intense study.

Our program is tailored for professionals with career demands, family commitments and other responsibilities that cannot be put on hold. The online classroom provides a dynamic and engaging environment where students are connected through thoughtfully curated content, meaningful coursework, challenging discussions and collaborative projects, designed to inspire strong and high-impact learning.

When not on campus, students complete coursework and interact with professors and classmates through an online portal. Utilizing state-of-the-art digital tools and learning strategies designed for dynamic distance learning, the online modules are built with a brief introduction, readings or videos and interactive assignments that foster thoughtful, substantive contributions from every participant. Online learning at Brown is asynchronous — so you can log in to view the course material and complete individual and team assignments at your convenience. 

Our program is cohort-based, meaning each student follows the same path to graduation by taking each course together. This learning format forges a collaborative community of engaged and bonded students. Through sharing their personal and professional insight, cohort members create a vibrant and authentic learning experience, while building lifelong professional networks. This multidisciplinary community of peers enables you to develop a deep understanding new industries and broadens your vision for creating innovative and practical solutions to serious cybersecurity challenges.