Information Security Institute Johns Hopkins University

Information Security Institute Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Cutting-edge technical leadership in security informatics

Securing cyberspace and information infrastructure is of utmost importance to American industry and national security. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers stand athwart the intersection of technology, public health, ethics, and legal and policy issues in this rapidly growing field.

Hopkins offers a Master of Science (MS) degree program in security informatics. DHS and NSA have designated Johns Hopkins University as one of the first National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity Education through its Information Security Institute.

One of the world's premiere universities

The first research university in the Western Hemisphere and one of the founding members of the American Association of Universities, Johns Hopkins has ranked among the world's top universities throughout its history. The National Science Foundation has ranked the university first among US academic institutions in total science, medical, and engineering research and development spending for 35 consecutive years.

"US News and World Report" has ranked Hopkins programs in engineering in the top 10 nationally every year they have done rankings.

John Hopkins University is located in Baltimore, Maryland.

The MS degree program in security informatics at Johns Hopkins

The three-semester program in security informatics combines disciplines of computer science, computer engineering, information technology, management, and policy to immerse students in this rapidly growing field while exposing them to cutting-edge research. Hopkins's proximity to Washington, D.C. allows for ample contact with federal agencies, research institutions and industrial practitioners. Every student in this program participates in research projects with real-world implication. Hopkins was the first US college program to cover information security issues in healthcare systems, and is the only such program supported by the world class medical and health education and research at Johns Hopkins.

Core courses cover a range of topics including security and privacy, cryptography, computer forensics, software vulnerability analysis, intrusion detection, healthcare security management, rights in the digital age, and financial issues in managing a secure operation.

Dual degree and joint degree options at Johns Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute (JHUISI) and the Whiting School of Engineering offer a joint two-year dual master's program combining the Master of Science in Security Informatics (MSSI) and the Master of Science in Engineering in Computer Science (MSECS) degree programs. Students interested in building upon the fundamental relationships between information security and computer engineering find abundant synergies between the fields that are of interest to both government and industry. Graduates receive two degrees.

Similar dual degree programs have been created between the JHUISI and the master's degree program in the Department of Applied Math and Statistics in the Whiting School of Engineering and between the JHUISI and the Bloomburg School of Public Health.

A joint MSSI degree program with a Certificate in National Security Studies is available through the JHUISI and the Krieger school of Arts and Sciences.

Distinguished faculty members in security informatics at Hopkins

Faculty members at Johns Hopkins are among the most eminent and notable members of their fields.

Professor Avi Rubin is an expert on information security in medical settings who has given testimony to Congress, made high level briefings at the Pentagon, and runs his own cybersecurity company. Dr. Rubin enjoys the study of cryptography, network security, and secure internet services.

Associate Professor Giuseppe Ateniese focuses on network security and applied cryptography. He is currently working on secure cloud computing/storage and cryptographic protocols.

Associate Research Professor Susan Hohenberger is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a Google Faculty Research Award and a Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship. An expert in cryptography and computer security, Dr Hohenberger serves on the program committee of several Association of Computing Machinery conferences in the field of cryptography and security.

Assistant Professor Abhishek Jain works in the field of applied cryptography, specifically computing arbitrary functions on private data over the Internet and related problems. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 and was a post-doctoral researcher in computer science at MIT and Boston University.

Assistant Research Professor Stephen Checkoway is a faculty member in the Health and Medical Security lab where he works on a wide array of security problems related to healthcare security, as well as other security topics.

Assistant Research Professor Matthew Green's interests are applied cryptography, privacy-preserving cryptographic protocols and cryptographic engineering. He was formerly a partner in Independent Security Evaluators, a custom security evaluation and design consultancy. From 1999-2003, he served as a senior technical staff member at AT&T Laboratories/Research in Florham Park, NJ.

Access to technology and business leaders in security informatics at JHU

JHUISI Technology and Recruitment Seminar series allows students direct access to leading figures in the world of security informatics. Students hear about the latest trends and challenges in cybersecurity while making valuable contacts in corporate, government, and institutional culture.

Scholarship opportunities in security informatics at Johns Hopkins

Students have many opportunities on the Johns Hopkins campus to participate in paid research, teaching, and working experiences. In addition to these resources, the institute provides several scholarship opportunities.

The CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) awards full tuition, a living stipend, health insurance, and book fees to qualified US citizens in return for accepting a competitively paid federal service position after graduation and during the summer after the first year of study.

The Department of Defense Information Assurance scholarship Program (IASP) awards tuition plus living stipends for candidates willing to work as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense for two years after graduation.

The Information Security Institute itself awards Dean's Fellowships to individuals with outstanding academic credentials.

Location & Contact

Information Security Institute

Johns Hopkins University

3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-2699
United States

Dr. Anton Dahbura

Executive Director

Phone: 410-516-7013
Fax: 410-516-3301

Emily Evans

Graduate Coordinator

Phone: 410-516-6282
Fax: 410-516-3301

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Computer And Information Systems Security Master of Science in Security Informatics (MSSI)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 25
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


54% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 132
    • Accepted 72
    • Acceptance Rate 54
    • Enrolled 30
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $25
    • Application Fee - International $25
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th September 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • Cost Estimation
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • Cost Estimation
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships
    • Cost Estimation

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students57
    • Female Percentage23%
    • Male Percentage77%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students57
    • Part-time Percentage26%
    • Full-time Percentage74%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty6
    • Full-time Percentage0%
    • Part-time Percentage100%
    • Female Percentage0%
    • Male Percentage100%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCritical infrastructure protection, cryptography, information security policy, computing privacy, system and software security, medical information security, computer forensics, application security, risk management
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$838,000