October 1, 2020

IUPUI to offer master’s degree in cybersecurity for Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program

INDIANAPOLIS and WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) has announced a partnership with Purdue University’s Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP) to offer its Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity and Trusted Systems online to P-CAP apprentices. The master’s degree will allow students enrolled in Purdue’s innovative apprenticeship program to advance their careers to the highest level.

The M.S. in Cybersecurity and Trusted Systems (MSCTS) program will prepare students to enter the workforce in the rapidly advancing field of cybersecurity and enable them to address the security challenges and risks that industries encounter daily. Cybersecurity is a multidisciplinary area: a combination of information technology, computing, and engineering. This program will provide a solid, comprehensive background in the related topics of cybersecurity engineering and their applications.

“Our graduate program in cybersecurity is unique in that it can be customized to accommodate students from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering, engineering technology, computer and information technology, computer science, management information systems, and a myriad of other undergraduate backgrounds,” said David Russomanno, dean of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.

“We are excited to partner with IUPUI and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology as the provider of an advanced cybersecurity degree. The online MSCTS rounds out our apprenticeship program curriculum which also includes certificates along with associate and bachelor’s degrees. In conjunction with the P-CAP Leadership Academy curriculum, master’s students will gain an advantage by developing advanced soft skills to become next-generation leaders in cybersecurity,”  said Geanie Umberger, clinical professor and executive director of the Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program.

The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is a recognized cybersecurity education provider. The M.S. in Cybersecurity and Trusted Systems program is part of the National Security Agency (NSA) National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and in Information Assurance Research (CAE/IAE and CAE/R). Master’s students will be part of a Purdue graduate program, which consistently ranks in the top cybersecurity programs among universities. Students become a student member of the Purdue CERIAS (Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security) and will have the opportunity to work as research assistants in NSF-funded research and education projects.

Purdue University and IUPUI are configuring a one-of-a-kind cyber competency-based dashboard built using the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, a nationally-focused resource that establishes a taxonomy and common lexicon to describe cybersecurity work, and workers, regardless of where, or for whom, the work is performed. 

As an integral part of the advanced curriculum of Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship program, the online M.S. in Cybersecurity and Trusted Systems from IUPUI increases job security, the potential for higher salaries, and faster growing career options than other sectors. 

To learn more about the M.S. in Cybersecurity and Trusted Systems, visit et.iupui.edu/departments/cigt/programs/cit/grad/cybersecurity.

To apply for the Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program, visit purdue.edu/pcap/candidates

About Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, better known as IUPUI, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus. 

IUPUI’s mission is to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.

The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in a global economy and is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for the quality of its programs and graduates.

IUPUI is a distinctive combination of the best of Indiana’s two major universities: Purdue University and Indiana University. The School of Engineering and Technology offers students degrees from both universities, allowing our academic departments to offer programs in the respective disciplines for which Purdue and IU are known around the globe.

Competing at the highest levels – from groundbreaking research and creative projects, to civic engagement, to outstanding teaching and learning, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is making an impact around the world. Visit et.iupui.edu to learn more.

About Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program

Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP) was developed in response to the federal government’s desire to fill an industry need of as many as 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs by 2021 (The New York Times). A $12 million U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Award granted to Purdue Polytechnic Institute has tasked the University with providing a path to higher education, certifications, and cybersecurity on-the-job-learning through apprenticeships to at least 5,000 students by 2023. For more information, visit purdue.edu/pcap.

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