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Identity Management and Cyber Security

Naval Postgraduate School

18 months
12000 USD/year
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The Identity Management and Cyber Security  program at the Naval Postgraduate School provides individuals whose organizations depend upon cyberspace a broad overview of cyber security technology and how to create a balance between risks and benefits based upon the physical and virtual assets requiring protection. 

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The Identity Management and Cyber Security  program at the Naval Postgraduate School ocuses on cyber security as enabling technology for a broad range of enterprise initiatives and is intended for leaders in a wide range of government activities regardless of organizational specialization. The MAIDMCS program consists of 12 courses selected to provide breadth and depth in the latest security technologies.

Designed to accommodate busy individuals, the Master of Arts degree program is offered in a hybrid mode that requires participants to be in residence (at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California or possibly another location to be determined) two weeks each quarter (for a total of 12 weeks). Participants complete the balance of their coursework via network-based distance learning methods. The program can also be taken entirely at NPS and is of shorter duration in this mode. Participants complete an applications project for which a written report is required.


The degree provides participants with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the synergistic nature of many aspects of cyber security. These include the interrelationships between cyber defense, cyber operations, cyber attack, and cyber exploitation, as well as major security objectives for next generation cyber systems.
  • Develop strategies and plans for securing information assets on IT systems in the face of cyber attacks.
  • Understand the impact of acquisition and architectural decisions on the security of information and systems.
  • Appreciate the nature of cyber threats and how coherent and holistic choices can support requirements for sharing and productivity.
  • The MAIDMCS degree is fully accredited and taught by the NPS faculty.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Biometrics
  • Identity Management Operations
  • Applications Project and Research for Identity
  • Management and Cyber Security Studies
  • Identity Management Infrastructure
  • Identity Management Policy
  • Applications Project and Research for Identity
  • Management and Cyber Security Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent, resulting in an academic profile code (APC) of at least 344 is required. While previous academic or practical experience in computer science or a related field is not a prerequisite. 
  • Active/Active Duty Reserve U.S. military, DoD civilian, and US Government civilian personnel are eligible.

Tuition Fee

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    12000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6000 USD per semester during 18 months.

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Living costs for Monterey

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Identity Management and Cyber Security
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