The University of Missouri–St. Louis is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education with respect to the following curriculum paths.


  • Master of Science in Computer Science with Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
  • Master of Science in Information Systems with Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity


  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with an Undergraduate Minor in Cybersecurity

Additionally, UMSL holds a "Security Policy Development and Compliance" focus area designation.

National Security Agency (NSA) Designated Program U.S. Department of Homeland Security Designated Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) site explains that specific 2 and 4-year colleges and universities are designated based on their robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related knowledge units, validated by top subject matter experts in the field.

Beyond demonstrating UMSL's commitment to meeting national standards for cybersecurity education, these designations provide students with additional opportunities.

  1. Students attending CAE-CDE schools typically have access to virtual and physical career fairs specifically designed for designee schools.
  2. Prestiguous industry certifications such as ISC2's CISSP, CISM etc. have work experience requirements. However, a CAE-CDE school's credential could fulfill 1 year of the (typically) 5 year work requirement.
  3. Students may also have access to government scholarships geared toward CAE designated schools.
See list of CAE schools
Learn About the CAE Program