IMCyM – International Master in Cybersecurity Management



Major of the International Master in Digital Transformation

Cybersecurity is becoming more and more relevant in all organisations, due to ever- growing digitalisation of activities in a globally hyper-connected world.
The diffusion of ICT has dramatically increased the risks of a loss of confidentiality, integrity and availability of data, with potential huge financial impacts (and sometimes putting the survival of organisations themselves at risk). Also, Covid-19 (and the consequent lockdown, which imposed a massive use of home/smartworking) clearly showed that business organisations, public administration and end users are often unaware of risks (or, anyway, unable to manage them properly). Indeed, the number of cases of hacking and fraud during the Covid-19 emergency increased dramatically. Hence, companies understood that they need to strengthen this area by acquiring new competences and skills to protect their business from cyber risk. The Master will prepare students for a leadership role that strengthens organisations by understanding cybersecurity risks, the possible impacts on business and possible countermeasures, with important insights into governance, compliance, and regulatory issues. Through experiential learning, case study analysis, and the illustration of leading security technologies taught by expert faculty members, students will develop key management skills for realising a corporate cybersecurity plan.

*In order to fully participate in classes and company visits, presence on campus is strongly suggested, especially since January 2023. In case of visa delays, travel barriers or other specific issues, it will be possible to continue attending online.

Educational partners:

The Master is also developed in close collaboration with:

Location: Milan*

Language: English

Format:  Full Time

Intake: Fall 2022

Length: 12 months

University Requirements: 3-year Bachelor degree (minimum 180 ECTS)

Tuition fee: € 18.500
€ 9.500 for PoliMi MSc Alumni
For further info click here

International Masters Admissions Office
Tel : +39 02 2399 2820
Email: infomasters@mip.polimi.it


In partnership with Bip and SETA.
In close collaboration with
Accenture, Intesa (IBM) and PwC 


Technological & managerial
approach: a perfect balance
between them!


3,5 million

is the number of unfilled
cybersecurity jobs by 2021
according to the Cybersecurity
Ventures’ prediction


of business leaders feel their cybersecurity risks are increasing


  • 1 year: 9 months in class + 3-month project
  • 100% in English
  • In partnership with Bip and SETA
  • The Master is also developed in close collaboration with Accenture, Intesa (an IBM Company) and PwC.
  • 3 reasons why:
    • Hot topic on all top managers’ (and policy makers’) agendas, whose relevance is expected to continue to increase in the future: the cybersecurity market grew by roughly 35x over 13 years;
    • In the future, managers will have as a priority the mitigation of the risk of their business as a key lever for the sustainable long-term success of the company. in this landscape, cyber risk is a priority, not yet fully covered by companies. today, 88% of managers present cybersecurity projects as a priority for their companies;
    • Shortage of skills and competences relating to cybersecurity: a key competence for both consultancy and corporate firms, as the market is requiring the competence of knowing the technology and using it in a managerial and innovative way: a survey highlighted the fact that around one fifth of public sector organisations have a problem of skills gaps in cybersecurity, covered in 85% of cases through external competences;


  • Business school of a technical university: this allows a perfect balance between a technological and a managerial approach
  • Learning from practitioners, through direct contact with companies and managers
  • Innovative teaching methods, with a smart-learning and project-based approach and extensive use of real case studies.


The International Master in Cybersecurity Management is a 12-month International Master programme offered by MIP Politecnico di Milano and in partnership with Bip and Seta, that will increase the students’ technical competences in the cybersecurity area and complement their technical profile with the ability to read business dynamics, understand the implications of decisions for business and operate with the purpose of mitigating the overall enterprise risk level. The Master is also developed in close collaboration with Accenture, Intesa (an IBM Company) and PwC.

The master is taught entirely in English.

Please note that this programme is designed for fresh graduates with ideally no more than 3 years of work experience. Candidates who have have more than 3 years of work experience may also consider our International MBA programs.


The programme includes highly structured career management services thanks to the MIP Career Development Center. Among the services offered:

  • Career workshops integrated into the Master’s programme to develop the career management skills needed to be competitive in the job market
  • Digital tools and artificial intelligence at the student’s service to optimise your CV and measure and improve your hard, soft and digital skills
  • Individual consultation meetings with professional career coaches
  • Free access to the MIP Global Network of Careers Websites
  • Networking events with employers, such as company presentations, company visits, recruiting on-campus events, Career Days
  • Preferential access to internship and job advertisements on Job Teaser, the School’s digital careers platform



  • 3 Career Weeks per year with over 300 partner companies, both national and international
  • Over 30 business workshops and business presentations per year
  • More than 15,000 internships and job opportunities globally accessible thanks to our wide network of international career portals
  • 5-10 Recruiting Days per year, organised by MIP in partnership with individual employers based on the needs and timelines of placement into the company

Who is eligible for the IMCyM Programme?

Students with a bachelor degree of 3 or 4 years in STEM disciplines (minimum 180 ECTS) or higher are eligible to apply.
English knowledge is a compulsory requirement.

How long is the IMCyM Programme?

The programme is 12 months long.

In what language is the programme taught?

The programme is taught in English, although there are opportunities for students to study the native language of the country of study throughout the programme.

Do I need to speak Italian?

No, as the medium for the course is English, students are not required to learn Italian, although they will be given the opportunity to do so.

Is there an age limit for the programme?

No, but the average age of the candidates is 20-25 years.

What type of degree/title will I obtain upon graduation?

Upon graduation, candidates obtain the First Level University Specialising Master from Politecnico di Milano which is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and it is issued under the autonomous responsibility of Politecnico di Milano. With regard to the specific meaning of the 1st level master's degree, as per the Bologna process, this is a 2nd cycle programme intended to provide students with further specialisation or higher continuing education after completion of the first cycle. The first level Master Degree will release 60 ECTS/CFU credits.

Candidates are advised to check with the relevant authorities regarding the validity/recognition of this title in their home countries.

Will I have to buy textbooks?

No, you will be provided with textbooks by the programme, with the cost included as part of the overall programme fee.



Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Since the number of seats in class is limited, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Should the course become fully subscribed before the deadline dates, applications will close earlier.

Non-EU students are encouraged to apply at least three months before the start of the programme in order to allow enough time for the Statement of Comparability of the degree and application of the student visa.

Please note that this programme is designed for fresh graduates with ideally no more than 3 years of work experience. Candidates who have have more than 3 years of work experience may also consider our International MBA programs.

We are looking for students with a clear approach to innovation and entrepreneurship, with a multidisciplinary backgrounds, who are willing to increase or develop their technical competences in the cybersecurity area but complement their technical profile with the ability to read business dynamics, understand the implications of decisions for business and operate with the purpose of mitigating the overall enterprise risk level.

This master is open to all students willing to develop key management skills for becoming cybersecurity professionals. Cybersecurity is becoming more and more relevant in all organisations and the demand for highly skilled professionals is growing significantly. According to Cybersecurity Ventures by 2021, it’s projected that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally.


  • Fill in the form on www.applyformasters.net
  • Upload the following documents:
    • CV in English
    • University Transcripts/Mark sheets
    • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree (if available)
    • Passport or ID
    • Digital Picture
    • Letter of reference (optional)
    • Motivation letter
    • Financial Aid Essay (if applying for one of MIP’s tuition fee reductions)
    • English proficiency certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or equivalent (if available)
  • Pay the Application Fee (EUR 100)


You will be contacted for the Motivational Interview in English, which will take place online.


If the result of the selection interview is positive, you will receive the final admission and scholarship (if any) decision by email.


Upon receipt of the admission offer, you will be required to pay the first instalment of EUR 2500 within 15 days of the date of receipt of the offer letter should you wish to confirm your participation to the programme (a short extension to this deadline can be requested in case you are applying for an education loan, external scholarship etc, or for any other viable reason).


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What is the deadline for applying to the programme?

Please note that the admission process for the master is on a rolling basis, therefore the sooner you apply the more chances you will have of securing your place in the class, as capacity may be reached before the final application deadlines.

Does the IMCyM programme have a letter of recommendation form?

There is no specific form for the recommendation letters; however if you need any further assistance on the ideal template for your application, please contact infomasters@mip.polimi.it and we can provide you with further assistance in this matter.


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The programme costs €18,500. This amount covers the entire length of the programme, although it does not include living and travel expenses.
The tuition fee is €9,500 for alumni who completed a Master of Science programme at Politecnico di Milano in or after 2019.
MIP has partnered with Flywire to accept payments from international students worldwide: for more info, click here.

Applicants for the 2022 intake of the International Junior Specialising Masters can apply for fee reductions. The reductions will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early applications are encouraged. Candidates wishing to apply for financial aid must make their request on the application form at the time of application – later requests for financial aid will not be considered.

For further details about financial aid and contributions you can visit the dedicated webpage.

Please note that we do not offer any full scholarships. The DSU and other scholarships offered by Politecnico di Milano and the Italian Government are not applicable for MIP’s programmes.


The need for cybersecurity professionals with the skills to secure digital infrastructure remains very robust, even in the midst of the worst global pandemic in the last 100 years. (Will Markow, CEO at Burning Glass)


is the cybersecurity employment rate and is projected to remain there through 2021.

(CSO Online)


of organizations will restructure risk and security governance to address the widespread adoption of advanced technologies by 2023..

3.5 mln

is the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs that it’s projected there will be globally by 2021.
(Cybersecurity Ventures)


is the projected growth by 2028 for Cyber and Information Security Specialists jobs vs +12% for general computer occupations.



of big companies increased their cybersecurity budget in Italy during the last year: this market is worth €1.37 bln.

(Osservatori Digital Innovation)

$170.4 bln

will be reached in 2022 thanks to the growth at a five-year CAGR of 8.5% forecasted for the global information security market.


  Considering the new emerging trends and technologies, among the six most requested professions there are the Growth Hacker (according to Adecco) and the Cyber Security Manager (according to ING Group).

The master prepares students for, amongst others, the following roles:


– Ict Security Specialist
– Security Operations Centre Manager
– Security Incident Analyst and Responder
– Security Architect
– Cyber Risk Manager
– Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

The entry level will depend upon previous work experience and academic background.


– Cybersecurity Analyst
– Penetration Tester
– Ethical Hacker
– Cybersecurity Manager
in specialised consulting firms/system integrator

The entry level (e.g. Analyst, Manager, Senior Manager) will depend upon previous work experience and academic background.

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