Cyber Security

The University of Rhode Island offers one of the most comprehensive degree programs in Cyber Security through a Computer Science Department at a major university. This includes a variety of degree and certificate programs for undergraduate students, graduate students and working professionals.

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Completely Online! For working professionals who currently have a four-year undergraduate degree, but are not interested in pursuing a full Masters degree at this time. Choose from courses in Incident Response, Penetration Testing, or Network Defense & Intrusion Detection.


Professional Science Master’s Degree in Cyber Security

The Professional Science Master’s Degree is geared towards working professionals who have already completed a four-year undergraduate degree. This online program allows students to complete their degree within an approved course track in a specific area. The PSM, while equivalent to a full Masters degree, does not require a capstone project, such as a thesis. The individual courses in the PSM do require students to complete graduate-level research projects. The final course in the program has students complete an internship, which may be covered by their existing employment, saving time and effort.

The Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center (DFCSC) at URI is a nationally recognized Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense  (CAE-CD) education. The DFCSC Program Office is available to answer any questions about the Professional Science Masters’ Degree in Cyber Security at

To contact someone from this department, please email the program manager at or Lisa DiPippo, Ph.D, Program Director, 401.874.2701,