Dear students, parents, and partners,

Welcome to the Department of Cyber Security Engineering––the first of its kind in the country.

We are leaders in education in this field, offering both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in cyber security engineering.

Our programs prepare students to tackle some of the most daunting security issues of our day. We teach engineers how to design large, secure systems from the ground up.

Demand for our graduates has never been higher. One group suggests that the global cybersecurity workforce shortage will reach upwards of 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022. Other reports put that number above 3 million. 

From 2018-2020, Mason has had more than 8,000 opportunities posted in Handshake, Mason’s student job and internship platform, for students with a cybersecurity major who wanted to work in job functions related to information technology or web/software engineering.

Our faculty members are world-renowned leaders in education and research, and our students have the opportunity to work with them in some of the best labs in the country.

Our focus is not only on giving students the technical knowledge they need but helping them become leaders in their fields.

We strive to provide our students with a foundation that will serve them for a career of life-long learning while also advancing the frontiers of engineering.

Explore our programs on this website and see for yourself.


Duminda Wijesekera

Chair, Department of Cyber Security Engineering
Co-Director, Center for Assurance Research & Engineering

Duminda in a hallway, leaning against the right wall.

Duminda Wijesekera, department chair for the Department of Cyber Security Engineering.