Executive Master in Cybersecurity

Program Admission

Strategy is the Best Security

Applications are currently being accepted for the graduating class of 2019, beginning study October 2017.

There is no application deadline for this program. The selection committee meets regularly. Applications will be considered and admission will be granted until the program is full.

For further assistance with the application process, the EMCS advising team can be reached at 401-863-2700 or ExecMasters@brown.edu.

Admission Criteria

The Executive Master in Cybersecurity program is for mid-career executives with significant professional experience in technical or policy areas.  They have an established track record of achievement and may already have an advanced degree in a technical or business domain.

Applicants should demonstrate a record of organizational responsibility and professional achievement. Applicants’ records of academic achievement may include post-graduate degrees but there is no formal educational requirement beyond a bachelor’s degree. Applicants are not required to submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam. Where appropriate, applicants may be required to submit TOEFEL scores.

Candidates are selected for the program based on what they will contribute to the peer learning community and their readiness to benefit from the program. The professional diversity of the cohort is a key benefit to the students.

For more information about the application process, please contact:

Alan Usas, Program Director 
Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Brown University School of Professional Studies

Application Instructions

To complete your application, submit the following via the online application system:

  1. Application form and fee
    Please complete and submit the online application. The application fee of $200 US can be paid by credit card via the online application, or by check to Brown University mailed to 200 Dyer Street, Box T, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 USA.
  2. Personal statement
    As part of the online application you will need to prepare a personal statement that addresses why you want to pursue the Executive Master in Cybersecurity at Brown, what you hope to learn from the program, and how your participation will enrich the experience of others in the program (approximately 500 words).
  3. Description of Critical Challenge
    As part of the online application you will need to submit a critical challenge project synopsis. The critical challenge will become the focus of your independent student "Critical Challenge Project" course throughout the 16-month program. In approximately 200 words, describe a critical challenge related to your industry and interests, drawing from your own experience and vision for the future. Address the complexity and intractability of the problem in the current environment, and organizational barriers and constraints that surround it. More information about the Critical Challenge can be found here.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  5. Official transcript(s)
    Please submit an official transcript for all programs, both undergraduate and graduate, for which you were awarded a degree, prior to arrival on campus. Please note that unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application, but official transcripts are required for an application to be considered complete.
  6. Letters of recommendation (3)
    On the application, you must provide the names and email addresses of three professional colleagues who have agreed to your request to provide a letter of recommendation. One letter should come from your present or past supervisor, or from a more senior executive in your organization. Please note the referee will be asked to asses the applicant's strengths and weaknesses in areas such as creativity, initiative and aptitude for advanced study. They will also be asked about the nature of their relationship with the applicant and any relevant information pertaining to merits aiding in successful integration into the program.
  7. For team applications only: A letter from the sponsoring organization
    The sponsoring organization should prepare one letter that identifies all team members with their current roles and responsibilities, and the expected benefits of sending them as a team. On their individual applications, each team member should indicate that they are part of a team, and one team member should submit the letter from the sponsoring organization.

No standardized test scores are required. Graduate Record Exam scores are not required. You may submit GRE scores as part of the online application if you have them. If appropriate, you may be asked to provide TOEFEL scores.

The Selection Committee will review complete applications only. You will be notified by email about missing elements in your application, and you may login to monitor whether your file is complete.

Select candidates will be invited to interview. Candidates who are accepted into the program will be notified by the Brown University Graduate School.

Reserving Your Place

Candidates who are accepted into the program must reserve their place with a non-refundable $1,500 deposit payable online by ACH or credit card, or by check to Brown University at 200 Dyer Street, Box T, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 USA. The deposit is due within 21 days of notification of acceptance and will be credited to the first program tuition payment.

Degree and Alumni Benefits

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be granted an Executive Master in Cybersecurity degree and alumni status at Brown University. For more information on alumni benefits, visit the Brown Alumni Association.

Team Attendance

Immediate and sustained benefits may be optimized by organizations that sponsor a team of students. By developing a shared experience and vision in the program, an organizational team is poised to transfer this knowledge and to lead transformative change. Senior executives are encouraged to consult with the Program Director as they consider the advantages of sponsoring a team and plan the composition of their team. Each team member must complete an individual application and the team will be considered for admission when all applications are received.