National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE–C) Program

Are you interested in pursuing cybersecurity in college? Do you want to attend a school with a top cybersecurity degree program? 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) partners with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program to help reduce vulnerabilities in our national and critical infrastructure by promoting higher education and expertise in cybersecurity. The program designates two- and four-year institutions as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), Research (CAE-R), and Cyber Operations (CAE-CO).  Currently, there are over 400 top colleges and universities across 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico designated as NCAEs.

View our Featured NCAE-C Programs.

For Students

Are you interested in pursuing a degree or career in cybersecurity? Many of the most well-known colleges and universities across the country have nationally recognized cybersecurity degree programs where you can obtain hands-on learning experience in cybersecurity. Additionally, select NCAE-C designated institutions also offer cybersecurity scholarships for those interested in working for the government. Check out the 400+ top cybersecurity schools across the country and find an institution near you to apply today!

For Institutions  

CISA and NSA are looking for colleges and universities interested in advancing the study of cybersecurity. All regionally accredited two-year, four-year, and graduate level institutions in the United States are eligible to apply to become a NCAE-C designated institution. For more information on how to become designated, as well as program guidance, requirements, and resources, please visit the NSA’s NCAE website.

Program Highlights

  • Be more competitive when applying for grants and student scholarships
  • Gain access to NCAE-C resources, including faculty development opportunities, specialized curricula, and networking events
  • Have eligible faculty serve as facilitators for government-academic research exchanges
  • Facilitate the development of faculty and research leaders at your institution through NCAE-C resources
  • Join the NCAE-C Community and contribute to the growth of the cybersecurity field