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Master of Information and Cybersecurity
University of California, Berkeley
Postgraduate Level
Degree Courses
1.5 years
9 courses
100% online
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The UC Berkeley School of Information's (I School) Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) is an accredited online program that prepares students with the cybersecurity skills needed to assume leadership positions in private-sector technology companies as well as government and military organizations.

Our holistic approach to cybersecurity develops students’understanding of information security technologies as well as the economic, legal, behavioral, and ethical impacts of cybersecurity. Students graduate as competitive candidates in the job market with connections to UC Berkeley alumni and professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area technology hub.

A Leadership-Focused Curriculum

The interdisciplinary MICS curriculum provides students hands-on practical experience with secure systems and applications, an understanding of the legal requirements associated with cybersecurity, and the ability to lead, manage, and contribute to building cybersecurity solutions.

Students master core technical skills and become fluent in the business, political, and legal context of cybersecurity. They can expect to graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the following:

  • Secure coding

  • Government and national security

  • Network and web security

  • Usable privacy and security

  • Cryptography

  • Operating system security

  • Security in context: legal, behavioral, and ethical issues

  • Privacy engineering

  • Cyber risk


The Curriculum includes the following courses:

    Beyond the Code:                            Cryptography for Cyber                                 Government, National Security,                   

Cybersecurity in Context                       and Network Security                                           and the Fifth Domain

    Network Security                           Operating System Security                                 Usable Privacy and Security

    Software Security                               Managing Cyber Risk                                           Privacy Engineering

The online MICS program is nine courses (27 units) and can be completed in 20 months. Students complete foundation courses, electives, and a capstone project. They also attend one in-person immersion on the UC Berkeley campus or in another location relevant to cybersecurity.

The UC Berkeley School of Information's online master's programs offer three start dates throughout the year (January, May and September). Applications are reviewed as they are received, so you are encouraged to submit your compleated application as soon as possible. Admissions decidions are made on a rolling basisi.

May 2022 Admission Deadlines

Early Action Deadline
December 8, 2021
Priority Application Deadline
January 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline
January 26, 2022
Classes Start
May 2, 2022

September 2022 Admission Deadlines

Early Action Deadline
March 30, 2022
Priority Application Deadline
April 27, 2022
Final Application Deadline
May 18, 2022
Classes Start
August 22, 2022

Application Requirements

To complete your application, you must submit the following:

  • Online application

  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended

  • Statement of Purpose and additional admissions statements

  • Two professional letters of recommendation

  • Current resume

  • TOEFL Scores (if applicable)

  • Application fee of USD $120 for domestic applicants or USD $140 for international applicants

  • GRE or GMAT scores (optional)

Admissions Requirements

Applications are evaluated holistically on a combination of prior academic performance, work experience, essays, letters of recommendation, and goals that are a good fit for the program. The UC Berkeley School of Information seeks students with the academic abilities to meet the demands of a rigorous graduate program. To be eligible for the online master's programs, you must meet the following requirements:

A bachelor's degree

You should have a superior scholastic record — normally well above a 3.0 GPA. The recognized equivalent to a bachelor's degree is also accepted, if earned from an accredited institution.

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to the address below as this will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

Cybersecurity (MICS): appsvcs@cybersecurity.berkeley.edu
Data Science (MIDS): applicationservices@datascience.berkeley.edu

If you would like your transcripts to be sent by mail, please use the following address designated for your program of interest below:

Cybersecurity (MICS)

UC Berkeley School of Information (I School)
Application Processing Center
PO Box 30096 018-002
College Station, TX 77842

Data Science (MIDS)

UC Berkeley School of Information (I School)
Application Processing Center
PO Box 30096 018-001
College Station, TX 77842

A high level of quantitative ability

This should be demonstrated by at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Work experience that demonstrates your quantitative abilities

  • Academic coursework that demonstrates quantitative aptitude

A problem-solving mindset

A high level of analytical reasoning ability and a problem-solving mindset as demonstrated in academic and/or professional performance.

A working knowledge of fundamental concepts

For the MIDS program, this includes knowledge of data structures, algorithms and analysis of algorithms, and linear algebra. Applicants who lack this experience in their academic or work background but meet all other requirements for admission will be asked to complete a bridge course before enrolling in the Applied Machine Learning course.

For the MICS program, this includes an understanding of – or, a proven aptitude for and commitment to learning – data structures and discrete mathematics which can be demonstrated by at least one of the following qualifications:

Completed coursework in data structures and discrete mathematics.

  • Work experience that demonstrates understanding of data structures and discrete mathematics.

  • Proven technical aptitude, demonstrated by high level technical work experience or academic coursework.

  • Proven commitment to learning concepts, demonstrated by review of MICS self-assessment and preparatory resources, and clear indication in application of progress made towards gaining this foundational knowledge.

The ability to communicate effectively

This should be demonstrated by at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Academic performance

  • Professional experience

  • Strong essays that demonstrate effective communication skills

Programming proficiency

MIDS: Proficiency in programming languages, such as Python or Java, should be demonstrated by prior work experience or advanced coursework. Applicants who lack this experience in their academic or work background but meet all other admission requirements will be required to take the Introduction to Data Science Programming course in their first term.

MICS: Knowledge of at least one, and ideally two, programming languages, such as C, C++, Python, Java, Javascript, or machine/assembly language as demonstrated by work experience or coursework. Applicants who lack this experience in their academic or work background but meet all other admission requirements will be required to take the Programming Fundamentals for Cybersecurity course in their first term.

Test scores

Not required: GRE/GMAT. As of Fall 2020, we have eliminated the GRE/GMAT requirement. 

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants whose academic work has been in a country other than the U.S., U.K., Australia, or English-speaking Canada

Test Codes

TestCode/DeptValid For
5 years
5 years
18 months
18 months
Test Report Form must be sent directly from IELTS

International Application Requirements

If you are an international applicant, you may be required to provide additional materials to complete your application. U.S. degree equivalency documents – including transcripts and degree conferral certificates – issued in languages other than English or Spanish are required to be accompanied by official translations. Per UC Berkeley Graduate Division requirements, translations must be provided by one of the following:

  • The degree-granting institution;

  • The ministry of education; or

  • A certified translator in the American Translators Association

English Proficiency

UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that applicants who received their degrees in countries other than the U.S., U.K., Australia, or English-speaking Canada submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. This includes applicants with degrees from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries. 

For students taking the TOEFL, UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that your most recent score be at least 90 on the Internet-based version of the TOEFL.

For students taking the IELTS, UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that your most recent score be at least 7.0 out of 9.0 on the IELTS Academic test.

To be valid, the TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken within 24 months of the start of classes. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing authorities. The school code for UC Berkeley is 4833. The department code for the I School is 99.

To qualify for a TOEFL exemption, UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that you have at least one of the following:

  • Received an undergraduate degree from an institution in a country in which the official language is English, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, English-speaking Canada, McGill University, or Concordia University

  • Received a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Have completed at least one year of full-time undergraduate coursework from an accredited U.S. institution with grades of “B” or better in each course

U.S. Degree Equivalency

If you graduated from a recognized academic institution outside the United States, you must hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Equivalency is determined by international evaluators in the UC Berkeley Graduate Admissions Office.

Admissions requirements are the same for both domestic and international students, except for English proficiency documents. International applicants must have the equivalency of a U.S. undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply and may need to provide materials to verify English proficiency to complete their application.

The I School's online students are assessed program tuition fees, which are charged per enrolled unit of coursework, and the Berkeley campus fee, which is charged per enrolled semester. The online master’s programs are 27 units each. Students are also assessed the Document Management Fee, which is a one-time fee charged in the first term of enrollment.

Additionally, for each program there will be a USD$500 immersion fee. Students will also be responsible for the cost of their hotel stay during the immersion and travel to and from the immersion. Fees are subject to change each academic year; new fees typically take effect in the fall term.

For the 2021-2022 academic year (Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022), program fees are as follows:

2021-2022 Fees/TuitionNew StudentsContinuing Students
Program Fees
USD$2,712 per enrolled unit¹
USD$2,712 per enrolled unit¹
Berkeley Campus Fee
USD$699.75 (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022);¹
USD$380 (Summer 2022)¹
USD$699.75 (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022);¹
USD$380 (Summer 2022)¹
Document Management Fee

¹The tuition, fees, and charges displayed here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. Students should expect fees to moderately increase each fall term.

Fee assessment example:

  • A new student who enters the program in Spring 2022 and takes two classes (6 units) would be assessed a total of USD$17,070.75 (consisting of USD$2,712 per unit x 6 units + USD$699.75 Campus Fee + USD$99 Document Management Fee).

  • A continuing student who takes one class (3 units) in Spring 2022 would be assessed a total of USD$8,835.75 (consisting of USD$2,712 per unit x 3 units + USD$699.75 Campus Fee).

The University of California, Berkeley is a world-renowned public research university located in Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Area, California. UC Berkeley was established in 1868. Thailand ranks among the top five universities in the world and is one of the top public universities in the world.

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