George Mason University was ranked 11th nationally by Cyber Degrees in its recently released top-20 list of institutions with top cybersecurity programs.
Mason was also ranked fourth nationally for its online cybersecurity bachelor’s program, 10th for its online master’s in information technology program and 12th for its online information technology bachelor’s program.
Daniel Garrison, director of Mason Engineering Online in the Volgenau School of Engineering, said Mason’s regional and national standing in cybersecurity education is one reason Amazon decided to choose Northern Virginia as the site for one of its newest headquarters.
“That signals not only the strength of our region but, in [Amazon’s] decision to partner with George Mason, an affirmation of our leadership in all things computing, including the security of its cyber infrastructure,” Garrison said.
According to the Cyber Degrees website, its rankings are based on Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems data on computer science and engineering program completions, the Ponemon Institute’s report on the best schools for cybersecurity and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency-designated National Centers of Academic Excellence-Cyber Defense report.