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Student Resources

Cyber Center Students and Faculty

We offer many opportunities for students to become involved with the work of the Auburn Cyber Research Center, including through our cyber curriculum, research assistantships, internships, and the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program which is geared toward undergraduate and graduate students who want to work in the public sector in the area of cybersecurity.

Cyber Curricula

Auburn is among a select group of universities in the country designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a “Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, and Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.

AU's BS in CS degree program provides a solid foundation for pursuing studies in cyber security and by selecting appropriate electives from AU's rich assortment of cyber security courses meets the Program of Study (PoS) for AU's CAE-CDE designation.

Our Graduate Degree Programs include a Ph.D. degree program, three master's degree programs, an accelerated Bachelor's/Master's degree program, and a graduate certificate program. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering program, started in Fall 2018, equips students with the advanced education required to analyze, develop, investigate, protect, and defend computer information systems. In addition, starting in Fall 2019, we offer a graduate certificate program in Cybersecurity Engineering focusing on analysis, development, investigation, protection, and defending of computer information systems.

Research Assistantships

ACRC faculty provide graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience working on research grants and contracts. Students are matched with faculty members who conduct MS/Ph.D. research mentoring in a variety of topics in cybersecurity. 


ACRC can link students with summer internship opportunities in cybersecurity. For example, the center has an existing agreement to implement a Summer Internship Program with the State of Alabama Office of Information Technology in Montgomery.

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

ACRC administers the NSF-funded CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program, a scholarship program for students who want to work the public sector in the area of cybersecurity. The scholarship typically funds two years of study. It pays tuition and fees, a stipend ($34,000 per year for graduate students and $22,500 per year for undergraduates), and a book allowance of $2,000 per year. Scholarship recipients must work in the public sector for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship. More information is available here.

Ethical Hacking Club

The Ethical Hacking Club is a student-run organization that brings together students interested in cybersecurity to learn about the field, practice skills, and prepare for cybersecurity team competitions, such as Capture the Flag events. For more information about Auburn University’s Ethical Hacking Club, see their website at: