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Metro State University Recognized with National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Designation

Posted March 2, 2022

Faisal Kaleem of Metro State/s Computer Science and Cybersecurity program, stands in from of a table in the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda

Metro State University, the Twin Cities' nationally recognized comprehensive urban university, is proud to announce that it has again been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-CD). This is the fourth time Metro State has earned the prestigious distinction.

Created by the National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security, the National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program identifies and honors universities that offer bachelor’s and graduate degree programs that complete in-depth assessments and meet rigorous cyber defense requirements.

Metro State is the only Twin Cities university to offer comprehensive programming in cybersecurity, including a NCAE-CD-endorsed cybersecurity bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in cyber operations, and an accelerated combined bachelor’s and master’s program in cybersecurity operations.  

In 2018, Metro State opened the MN Cyber Institute, which includes Minnesota Cyber Academy and Minnesota Cyber Range. The Cyber Academy provides students with the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to succeed in information technology and cybersecurity. The Cyber Range, the first and only one in Minnesota, is a world-class cybersecurity simulation lab and training facility that puts students technically and mentally in the crosshairs of hyper-realistic security threats.

“Metro State has worked tirelessly with local, state, and national leaders in government, information technology, education, and cybersecurity to build a program that is today the nation’s most innovative interdisciplinary cybersecurity curriculum of its kind,” said Kyle Swanson, dean, College of Sciences. “We are honored to once again receive this recognition, and we are so very proud of our students who have committed to protecting our nation’s critical digital infrastructure.”

Data obtained by Metro State suggests the number of cybersecurity job openings in Minnesota will grow by 28% over the next decade. Visit MetroState's Computer Science and Cybersecurity webpage for more details.