List of Masters in Cybersecurity Programs – Campus & Online

From personal online shopping, to international affairs, knowing that sensitive information is secure can give everyone peace of mind. A graduate cybersecurity degree can provide you with detailed technical knowledge of cryptography, privacy, and network management and security, just to name a few.

Depending on the program, you can also dive into digital forensics, databases, software, security mechanisms, and more! With a master’s degree in cybersecurity, you can be prepared to hold positions like Cybersecurity Manager, IT Director, or Chief Information, Technical, or Information Security Officer.

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Masters in Cybersecurity Programs with Dr. James Curtis

If you want to further explore Cybersecurity programs, listen to this episode of the YesCollege Podcast. Scott explores Masters in Cybersecurity programs with the help of Dr. James Curtis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Math & Computer Science at the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University. Click here to view this episode’s show notes.

 

Where Can I Earn My Masters in Cybersecurity Degree?

While you’re listening to the podcast, check out our list of schools with cybersecurity programs in the US. For each school, we provide a few highlights, including program offerings, course breakdown, and accreditation.

Click on the links below to jump to a specific state’s programs. You can also skip ahead to our Quick Facts about a master’s degree in cybersecurity, or information about degree types and accreditation.

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“The online Master of Information Technology degree with a concentration in Information Assurance and Security is a team-based program that combines the technology and Internet security portions of the coursework with key information management courses to ensure success in the job opportunities that you may pursue. The curriculum for this program incorporates Flash technology and interactive multimedia, ensuring graduates will be at the forefront of collaborative learning skills, computer knowledge and professional development principles.”
Boston College
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“A 10-course degree program, Boston College’s M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance teaches you to help organizations protect their data, identify and manage cyber risk, and recover from cyber attacks. Offered during the evenings as a full-time or part-time course of study with hybrid and online course options, the M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program is flexible and tailored to the needs of IT managers, professionals, and practitioners, and to individuals seeking knowledge and skills to advance their careers.”

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“The Master of Science in Computer Science – Computer Systems Security concentration courses provide the foundation and focused knowledge for those interested in the systems security field. This concentration presents an overview of computer systems security, together with the opportunity to attain education competencies necessary to develop a security policy, formulate an implementation plan, design and implement security measures, and monitor and manage computer systems security.”
Liberty University
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“The Master of Science in Cyber Security through Liberty University will equip students to manage operations critical to ensuring the integrity of an organization’s cyberspace infrastructure. Upon completion of this program, students will be ready to work in a variety of fields such as the government, business, military, and other areas.”

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“The Master of Science in Cybersecurity at Northcentral University will expose students to the latest tools, practices, methods and procedures used to manage and protect critical information infrastructures and other sensitive assets. This comprehensive program investigates the current trends and emerging threats in the industry. You will learn how to use monitoring systems, intrusion detection functions and forensic tools to identify cyber threats. You’ll also learn how to secure networks and systems and prevent subsequent attacks.”

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“The MS in Information Technology, Information Security and Assurance concentration, program is designed to provide you with an integrated design and technology background. In this program, you can have the opportunity to explore everything from fundamentals such as viruses, worms, and other malicious software to more high-level aspects of IT security like network defense, ethical hacking, and computer forensics.”
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“This MS in Cybersecurity program satisfies the dual needs of preparing graduates to (1) fill the need for information security and assurance professionals to work in a wide variety of capacities, and (2) conducting advanced research and in information security and assurance. Students focus on the technical aspects of information security, examining ways to provide secure information processing systems by utilizing operating systems, database, software, and network and distributed systems security, and more.”

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“You can earn a MS in Cyber Security degree completely online at SNHU. This is a 12-course, 36-credit program that provides an in-depth learning experience, with a core focus on network management and security, knowledge management and web fundamentals, and a strong emphasis on intelligence, computer forensics and cyber operations. This degree can help prepare you to become a chief security officer, information security analyst, cyber security manager, or other highly sought-after positions within the IT secuity sector.”

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Alabama

Auburn University Mongomery
Accredited by SACS
“Master of Cybersystems and Information Security program include courses like: Network Security & Reliability-Quantitative Metrics, Secure Software Systems, and Computer Systems Modeling & Simulation. Upon graduation, a student in this program will be able to perform the following tasks: Identify and respond to information security challenges; Evaluate and recommend technological tools and protocols; Integrate the use of encryption technology; and Design and conduct research in the area of cybersystems and information security.”
“The MS-CBS degree is an interdisciplinary program of study among three colleges: Business, Engineering, and Science. Due to this collaboration between the colleges, students will be exposed to a diversified core curriculum with a choice of 3 different elective tracks; having in-depth curriculum in their track while gaining familiarity in the other two. Upon graduation, students will be able to perform: Cybersecurity Analysis of vulnerabilities and threats to network environments, Network Penetration Testing, Auditing for Certification & Accreditation, and Technical Project Management in Information Technology.”

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Arizona

“The Master of Science in Cybersecurity at Northcentral University will expose students to the latest tools, practices, methods and procedures used to manage and protect critical information infrastructures and other sensitive assets. This comprehensive program investigates the current trends and emerging threats in the industry. You will learn how to use monitoring systems, intrusion detection functions and forensic tools to identify cyber threats. You’ll also learn how to secure networks and systems and prevent subsequent attacks.”
University of Arizona
Accredited by HLC
“The University of Arizona’s online Master’s in Cybersecurity is designed for working professionals who want to gain technical mastery in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. In this online program, students learn how to assess, prevent, and manage information and systems security-related risks by applying systems security management and post-breach practices through hands-on, interactive classes. The 33-credit, interdisciplinary cybersecurity program enables students to complete a common core of courses and then select either the Information Systems or Physical Systems track.”

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Arkansas

John Brown University
Accredited by HLC
“The M.S. in Cybersecurity program is a 30-hour program offered completely online, and it aims to equip students to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity experts across all industries. The program is designed for working professionals seeking to develop an understanding of digital threats, laws, compliance, and securing the assets that guard private information. At JBU, you’ll have the opportunity to work with firewalls, intrusion detection systems, vulnerability assessment tools, and numerous other tools.”
“The Master of Science in Computer and Information Science (MCIS) programwith a Cyber Security and Privacy option that focuses on security analytics (such as penetration testing and digital forensics), cyber defense and privacy compliance. Students are expected to have familiarity with computer systems and applications to pursue this option. Key career options include: security/privacy architect, forensic specialist, security/privacy compliance analyst, or pursuing doctoral studies.”

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California

“The UC Berkeley School of Information’s (I School) Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) is an accredited program designed to train students with professional experience for a career in cybersecurity. Delivered online, MICS provides the technical skills and contextual knowledge students need to assume leadership positions in private sector technology companies as well as government and military organizations.”
University of San Diego
Accredited by WASC
“The University of San Diego’s 100% online Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership (MS-CSOL) degree program is designed to serve the needs of a diverse set of individuals who are currently in cyber security roles as well as those interested in pursuing a career in cyber security. With its curriculum dedicated exclusively to critical aspects of cyber security, this cyber security masters program will deliver an immersive and unique career-building, career-enhancing educational opportunity.”

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Colorado

“The Master of Science in Computer Science – Computer Systems Security concentration courses provide the foundation and focused knowledge for those interested in the systems security field. This concentration presents an overview of computer systems security, together with the opportunity to attain education competencies necessary to develop a security policy, formulate an implementation plan, design and implement security measures, and monitor and manage computer systems security.”
University of Denver
Accredited by HLC
“The MS in Cybersecurity program focuses on teaching you how to think strategically, ask the right questions and address cybersecurity challenges in any context. Courses in the MS in Cybersecurity provide you with comprehensive understanding and tools across the cybersecurity domain. A previous background in computer science or cybersecurity is not required to apply. If you have previous coursework in computer science theory and systems, it will take you less time to complete your degree.”

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Connecticut

Sacred Heart University
Accredited by NEASC
“Through the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, you will: become proficient in products and applications that prohibit cyber threats; learn effective technology risk management practices; identify new and existing threats and determine methods for mitigation; build secure and defendable systems; analyze cybersecurity risks and apply real-world solutions; perform cybersecurity research; and gain hands-on experience with security tools.”

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Delaware

University of Delaware
Accredited by MSCHE
“The M.S. Cybersecurity Degree at the University of Delaware degree program requires 30 credit hours in either a thesis, non-thesis option, or online offering. The non­-thesis option requires all 30 credits to be completed through coursework, while the thesis option requires 24 credit hours of coursework and six credits of master’s thesis. The curriculum requirements for the thesis and non­thesis options are: 15 credits of fundamentals courses, and 15 credits of electives in a chosen concentration. The concentration areas are: Secure Software, Secure Systems, Security Analytics, and Security Management.”

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Florida

“The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program designed for students with a background in computer science, computer engineering, or information technology. The program aims to develop the skills needed for employment in the information technology industry or for further graduate study. Core courses offer three complementary perspectives: (1) a practical, hands-on study of current “best practices” in cybersecurity; (2) a study of the principles of the growing science of cybersecurity; and (3) a study of the broader human context of cybersecurity.”
Saint Leo University
Accredited by
“This MS in Cybersecurity program satisfies the dual needs of preparing graduates to (1) fill the need for information security and assurance professionals to work in a wide variety of capacities, and (2) conducting advanced research and in information security and assurance. Students focus on the technical aspects of information security, examining ways to provide secure information processing systems by utilizing operating systems, database, software, and network and distributed systems security, and more.”

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Georgia

“Three Georgia Tech schools offer the MS in Cybersecurity, each offering a unique specialization: 1) The School of Computer Science (CS) offers the MS in Cybersecurity degree with a technology specialization. 2) The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers the MS in Cybersecurity degree with a cyber-physical and energy systems specialization. 3) The School of Public Policy (PUBP) offers the MS in Cybersecurity degree with a policy specialization.”

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Illinois

“The online Master of Information Technology degree with a concentration in Information Assurance and Security is a team-based program that combines the technology and Internet security portions of the coursework with key information management courses to ensure success in the job opportunities that you may pursue. The curriculum for this program incorporates Flash technology and interactive multimedia, ensuring graduates will be at the forefront of collaborative learning skills, computer knowledge and professional development principles.”
“The MS in Information Technology, Information Security and Assurance concentration, program is designed to provide you with an integrated design and technology background. In this program, you can have the opportunity to explore everything from fundamentals such as viruses, worms, and other malicious software to more high-level aspects of IT security like network defense, ethical hacking, and computer forensics.”

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Indiana

“The MS in Cybersecurity Risk Management degree program from Indiana University will give you the unique, and valuable, ability to identify and mitigate a wide range of cyber threats in your chosen career path. Students can earn concentrations within the MS, or they may take a more ‘general’ track. Your holistic training will prepare you to: protect privacy and intellectual property, promote information and systems security, and address cyber threats to national and international security.”

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Iowa

Iowa State University
Accredited by HLC
“The Masters of Science in Information Assurance is a multidisciplinary degree supported by six departments from three Iowa State colleges. These are: Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Management Information Systems; Mathematics; and Political Science. Students can take courses from various participating departments and use Iowa State’s advanced research labs specifically designed for experimenting with network security.”

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Kansas

Fort Hays State University
Accredited by HLC
“All courses for the MPS in Cybersecurity degree program are available on campus and through the Virtual College. This program consists of 9 Core credit hours, 12 Major credit hours, 6 Cognate credit hours, and 3 Culminating Experience credit hours.The Master of Professional Studies degree is a multi-disciplinary master’s degree designed to meet emerging workforce development needs.”
Friends University
Accredited by HLC
“The Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCS) is designed to prepare leaders like you to be on the front line of defense against hackers determined to do harm. MSCS graduates will display outstanding achievement as highly-skilled, hands-on practitioners of the cutting-edge knowledge needed to serve others in defending the critical information infrastructure of our nation’s businesses, government and military.”

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Kentucky

Kentucky State University
Accredited by SACS
“The MS in Computer Science Technology, Cybersecurity option, focuses on advanced concepts in information and network security, enterprise management and cryptography. Students elect to complete either program as ‘Thesis’ or ‘Non-Thesis’. The non-thesis track requires the completion of either 6 hours of COS796 (Project), or 2 additional electives. All of our graduate classes are offered in the evenings or online.”

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Maine

Thomas College
Accredited by NEASC
“A Master’s in Cybersecurity at Thomas will provide you with a comprehensive understanding and skills to secure, protect, and defend valuable data. The program draws on current best practices, framework, and knowledge domains supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Cybersecurity Framework), NSA, and DHS (Center of Academic Excellence), ISC² (CBK for the CISSP and CCSP), and ACM (Security).”

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Maryland

Johns Hopkins University
Accredited by MSCHE
“Students in the Cybersecurity program can become proficient in ensuring the confidentiality, availability and integrity of data, in preserving and restoring systems, and in developing risk management skills. Upon completing the degree program, students will: 1) Demonstrate proficiency in assessing enterprise security risk and formulating technical recommendations in the areas of both hardware and software. 2) Demonstrate proficiency in four major areas of cryptology: Encryption, Hash Functions, Signature Schemes, and Authentication.”
“The Master’s of Professional Studies in Cybersecurityis a ten-course graduate program that integrates both technical and non-technical courses in Cybersecurity to prepare Computer Science, Information Systems, and other professionals to fill management, analytical, investigative, operational, and/or technical leadership roles in the Cybersecurity profession. Students are free to select electives based on their individual interests or professional requirements in the discipline. Students in the Master’s in Cybersecurity program must complete 10 courses (30 credits) as follows: 6 required (18 credits), 4 electives (12 credits).”

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Massachusetts

Boston College
Accredited by NEASC
“A 10-course degree program, Boston College’s M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance teaches you to help organizations protect their data, identify and manage cyber risk, and recover from cyber attacks. Offered during the evenings as a full-time or part-time course of study with hybrid and online course options, the M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance program is flexible and tailored to the needs of IT managers, professionals, and practitioners, and to individuals seeking knowledge and skills to advance their careers.”
Northeastern University
Accredited by NEASC
“Our Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity combines an understanding of information security technology with relevant knowledge from law, the social sciences, criminology, and management. The MS in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity program is designed for working professionals and recent graduates who want knowledge they can apply in their workplaces to assess and manage information security risks effectively.”

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Michigan

“The MS in Cybersecurity program is available as an accelerated master’s degree. The curriculum’s foundation is information confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Students pursue cross-disciplinary studies in science, engineering, and technology, combining theory and applied research to specialize in Trusted Software Engineering (TSE), Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), and Network Security Management (NSM).”
Oakland University
Accredited by HLC
“The Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSC) degree program is designed to provide a strong foundation and detailed technical knowledge in information security, computer security, network security, software security as well as an appreciation of the social, policy, ethical and legal aspects of security and privacy. The MSC program offers two tracks: a research track and a professional track. The program is run in collaboration with Oakland’s School of Business Administration.”

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Minnesota

“Through Saint Mary’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity, you’ll build on your technology expertise with hands-on coursework in network security, risk management and more, and you’ll cultivate the leadership skills crucial to landing a top-paying position and preventing the next cyber-attack.”

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Mississippi

Mississippi State University
Accredited by SACS
“The M.S. degree in Cyber Security and Operations is a 31 credit hour program. Like all graduate programs at Mississippi State University, students must complete a majority of the coursework at the 8000 (full graduate) level. Students can pursue a concentration in Cyber Defense or Cyber Operations, and required classes for both concentrations include: Information and Computer Securit,y Introduction to Cyber Crime and Forensics, Cryptography and Network Security, Advanced Network Security, Cyber Law and Policy, and Graduate Seminar.”

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Missouri

Missouri State University
Accredited by HLC
“Missouri State’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program is offered in both a traditional and accelerated format. This program provides a 30-hour graduate-level experience in the field of Cybersecurity, and a hands-on labs and exercises to teach aspiring Cybersecurity professionals how to secure and defend Information Systems from malicious attackers and serve in senior management roles sometimes referred to as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or Chief Security Officer (CSO).”
Webster University
Accredited by HLC
The MBA in Cybersecurity degree program at Webster University is designed to provide students with an understanding of business as a whole, and give students the tools necessary to advance their careers in cybersecurity. Students pursuing the Cybersecurity Concentration will need to complete a minimum of 39 credit hours, and can take classes like Cybersecurity Infrastructures, Cybersecurity Threat Detection, and Cybersecurity Law and Policy. Webster University also offers a MS in Cybersecurity degree program.

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Nebraska

Bellevue University
Accredited by HLC
“Bellevue University’s Master’s degree in Cybersecurity online or in-class provides active learning of information assurance techniques, network security technologies, and computer forensics based on real-world scenarios. This degree is offered in both traditional and accelerated formats, and prepares you to: prevent network attacks, detect and mitigate cyberattacks, manage information security risk, identify system vulnerabilities, develop a business continuity plan, and implement digital forensics investigative techniques.”
“Students enrolling in the MS in Cybersecurity degree program will be given the choice between two tracks: systems or management. The systems track is geared towards those who want to approach Cybersecurity from a more technical computer science perspective. The management track is geared towards a Management Information Systems perspective and revolves around policy and management in the realm of Cybersecurity. This program also provides a choice between a thesis option and capstone option.”

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New Hampshire

“You can earn a MS in Cyber Security degree completely online at SNHU. This is a 12-course, 36-credit program that provides an in-depth learning experience, with a core focus on network management and security, knowledge management and web fundamentals, and a strong emphasis on intelligence, computer forensics and cyber operations. This degree can help prepare you to become a chief security officer, information security analyst, cyber security manager, or other highly sought-after positions within the IT secuity sector.”

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New Jersey

“The MS in Cyber Security and Privacy (CSP) creates a strong foundation and detailed technical knowledge in security, privacy, and cryptography applied to computer systems, networks, and web applications. Graduates will have broad expertise in all these areas, with an option to cover not only technical but also legal, policy, and ethical aspects of security and privacy. In addition to in-depth knowledge of security mechanisms, standards, and state-of-the-art capabilities, they will also be able to design new systems and infrastructure-level security solutions.”
Saint Peter’s University
Accredited by MSCHE
“The Master’s in Cyber Security from Saint Peter’s University can be completed in as little as a year and a half, and you’ll learn how to defend information systems from cyber attacks, recover compromised systems, architect secure systems, and so much more. Students can work on research projects with cutting-edge blockchain and cryptotechnologies.”

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New Mexico

University of New Mexico
Accredited by HLC
“The Master of Science in Information Systems and Assurance is a 33 credit hour, customized program that combines the interdisciplinary fields of Information Systems and Information Assurance. Students can pursue a concentration in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Types of firms and organizations that hire MS-ISA graduates include law enforcement, national labs, financial services, Fortune 500 companies, educational and healthcare organizations, and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments.”

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New York

New York University
Accredited by MSCHE
“At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, our MS in Cybersecurity program curriculum is rooted in the belief that theory and research must translate into real-world solutions. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be ready for a career as a developer of security products, security application programmer, security analyst, and penetration tester. You can also pursue work as a security researcher, vulnerability analyst, or security architect, or continue your studies toward a doctorate. This program is also offered online.”
Utica College
Accredited by MSCHE
“Utica College’s online M.S. in Cybersecurity teaches students to proactively address ever-changing attack and infiltration techniques. The online M.S. in Cybersecurity offers students advanced knowledge and hands-on experience in intelligence, critical infrastructures, and investigative principles as they relate to cybercrime. The cybersecurity program offers five specializations targeted to students with different interests in this field: Intelligence, Computer Forensics, Cyber Operations, Electronic Crime, and Malware Analysis.”

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North Carolina

“The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is designed to equip students with the latest knowledge and skills in cybersecurity and privacy. Graduates of the program are employable by both businesses and governments that have important information assets to be protected from increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks. The program requires students take four core courses, three concentration courses, and three elective courses.”

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North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Accredited by HLC
“The Master of Science in Cyber Security program prepares students who have a strong interest related to the field of cyber security. This degree program is offered jointly with the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. Students will have the option to choose an all course based M.S. program (30 credits) or an M.S. program with a thesis component, in which 6 credits out of the 30 credits will be thesis.”

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Ohio

Wright State University
Accredited by HLC
“The Master of Science in Cyber Security degree program is designed to develop students’ skills to identify and resolve Cyber Security threats. You can complete this degree online or on campus. We give you the flexibility to work this degree into your schedule. You will develop the knowledge and skills applicable to protecting computer systems and networks. The on campus courses take place in well-equipped computer engineering laboratory facilities. Our state-of-the-art Virtual Cyber Security Lab (VCSL) allows you to work in a safe environment while practicing what you learn.”

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University
Accredited by HLC
“The Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) program at Oklahoma State University (OSU) offers a unique blend of managerial coursework and hands-on applications that enables graduates to understand information assurance in the business. Topics include telecommunications, risk, offensive and defensive practices, and legal issues. OSU is a designated Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. Our IA curriculum is recognized and approved by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.”

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Pennsylvania

Drexel University
Accredited by MSCHE
“The Master of Science (MS) in Cybersecurity can be completed on-campus or online, and is an interdisciplinary program. The program is designed for students with backgrounds in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering or other related technical fields, and strives to provide deeply technical and specialized training to develop professionals who understand, adapt, and develop new techniques to confront emerging threats in cybersecurity.”
Lasalle University
Accredited by MSCHE
“La Salle University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity is 100% online, and is ideal for professionals with a background in technology, security, compliance, risk assessment, business management, or criminal justice. Our compressed program format allows you to concentrate on one subject area at a time while progressing through the program in less than two years. The program educates students in theoretical and practical knowledge of cybersecurity, and develops competencies in cybersecurity management as well as breach detection, mitigation and prevention.”

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Rhode Island

Brown University
Accredited by NEASC
“The Brown University Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) is an 18-month program for professionals designed to cultivate high-demand, industry executives with the unique and critical ability to devise and execute integrated, comprehensive cybersecurity strategies for nations and industries across the globe. Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, the program blends face-to-face and online learning, and features hands-on assessments of cyber vulnerabilities, attacks, and defenses.”
University of Rhode Island
Accredited by NEASC
“The Professional Science Masters in Cyber Security degree is geared towards working professionals who have already completed a four-year undergraduate degree. This online program allows students to complete their degree within an approved course track in a specific area. The PSM does not require a capstone project, such as a thesis, but it does require students to complete graduate-level research projects. The final course in the program has students complete an internship, which may be covered by their existing employment, saving time and effort. The degree requires 36 credits which consists of nine 4-credit courses.”

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South Carolina

College of Charleston
Accredited by SACS
“The Cybersecurity specialization in the accredited Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences is designed to address the increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals. The curriculum provides an understanding of the latest technologies and tools, and encompasses the behavioral, managerial and technical aspects of cybersecurity. It is designed specifically for working professionals and matriculating undergraduate students interested in key roles in industry, government agencies, academia and other institutions.”

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South Dakota

Dakota State University
Accredited by HLC
“You can help secure and protect information, prevent digital attacks, and develop security strategies for any organization with a Master of Science in Information Assurance and Computer Security degree. You’ll take classes in data privacy, computer forensics, hacking, and intrusion detection. You’ll learn how to lead strategic technical efforts and consider all aspects of a network as it relates to your chosen industry. But best of all, you’ll be challenged every day, and come away from the program as an expert in the exciting field of cyber security.”

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Tennessee

Tennessee State University
Accredited by SACS
“The M.S. in Computer Science, Cyber-Security and Networking Concentration, program provides recent college graduates, or college graduates who have had several years of professional life, an opportunity to enhance their careers.This program offers the non-thesis and thesis options. All students are required to complete a total of 33 credit hour that include 9 credit hours of major core courses, 12 credit hours of concentration core courses, 6 credit hours of electives, and 6 credits hours of design-based courses (for non-thesis option) or 6 credit hours of thesis (for thesis option).”

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Texas

University of Dallas
Accredited by SACS
“The MS in Cybersecurity degree is a 30-credit-hour program that provides an in-depth education with a leadership and ethics focus. Going beyond programming and network administration, the cybersecurity master’s program covers the critical topics facing organizations today, including data protection, legal and compliance, operational and strategic Cybersecurity management, penetration testing, and digital forensics. Students who complete this degree often pursue careers in areas such as threat analysis, cyber defense, network security, penetration testing and digital forensics. This program may be completed 100% online.”
University of Texas Tyler
Accredited by SACS
“Prepare for management roles in information security across all industries with an online Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Cyber Security from UT Tyler. This MBA program is geared toward professionals who want to serve as facilitators between management and the IT/cyber security team.UT Tyler’s specialized program is designed to prepare a broad range of students for leadership roles in data protection- not only those with IT or technical backgrounds, but also professionals from business, finance, marketing, military or defense backgrounds.”

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Utah

Utah Valley University
Accredited by NWCCU
“The MS in Cybersecurity is intended for individuals who desire to acquire additional cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to pursue new or advance existing careers in cybersecurity. This is a two-year, part-time program with required courses in the areas of cybersecurity operations, law, ethics, and privacy in cybersecurity, penetration testing and vulnerability assessment, advanced network defense and countermeasures, and cybersecurity management. The program offers elective tracks in advanced network forensics, reverse engineering and malware analysis, secure coding, and web and mobile application security.”

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Vermont

Champlain College
Accredited by NEASC
“The online Master of Science in Information Security Operations, the first advanced online cyber security degree program designed for information security professionals who are involved in the day-to-day operations of running systems and networks in mid-to-large sized enterprises. This degree is much more than a traditional MS in cybersecurity, our MS in Information Security Operations is designed to develop strategic thinking in the prevention and response to cybersecurity incidents, such as system compromise, data loss, malware attacks, cyber warfare and cybercrime, while increasing technical skills and industry acuity.”

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Virginia

George Mason University
Accredited by SACS
“George Mason’s MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is a cyber security masters degree, providing a path to enhance your leadership career and be at the forefront of addressing cyber security challenges. Our cyber security masters program provides you with the leadership and management expertise you need while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks.”
Liberty University
Accredited by
“The Master of Science in Cyber Security through Liberty University will equip students to manage operations critical to ensuring the integrity of an organization’s cyberspace infrastructure. Upon completion of this program, students will be ready to work in a variety of fields such as the government, business, military, and other areas.”

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Washington

“The Master of Cybersecurity & Leadership (MCL) at the University of Washington Tacoma develops leaders who can effectively identify and promote solutions that protect an organization’s cyber systems. It is designed for professionals and military personnel with a technical background and work experience. This is a master’s degree that will enhance technical and leadership skills for career advancement in the field of cybersecurity.”

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West Virginia

University of Charleston
Accredited by HLC
“The MS in Cyber Security will enable you to step up as a leader in the field. You will be able to develop strategic implementation of security programs, policies and information management, and be able to analyze the demands of a system’s security. You’ll learn practiced methods for protecting data integrity and confidentiality, and how to synthesize a variety of challenging organizational, legal and technological concepts in relation to cyber security. Our program will help you position yourself for a leadership position in the field, with the knowledge and skills to secure a fulfilling career.”
West Virginia University
Accredited by HLC
“WVU’s MS in Business Cybersecurity Management degree is a 12-month online program. Our online flexibility encourages students to demonstrate managerial expertise in understanding and investigating complex cybersecurity ideas, evaluate data security of businesses from a data and systems security perspective, use appropriate tools to mitigate cybersecurity threats and communicate the analysis and findings of a comprehensive security audit initiative to enhance the protection and security of an organization.”

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Masters in Cybersecurity Quick Facts

Here is a brief snapshot of what to expect and look forward to with a master’s degree in cybersecurity.

Quick Facts
Common Pre-Enrollment Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree (1 – 3 professional experience also often preferred)
Common Core Subjects Covered: Cybersecurity Policy, Network Security, Information Assurance, Applied Cryptography
Non-Classwork Required: None (internship strongly recommended, and thesis may also be required)
Expected Time to Complete Master’s Degree: 1 – 2 years
Common Next Steps: Intermediate/Senior-Level Position, Doctoral Degree
Most Common Career Fields: Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Information Technology, Security/Privacy Compliance Analysis, Network Security
 

Exploring Degree Types and Accreditation

Here are the most commonly offered cybersecurity graduate degrees:

  • MS in Cybersecurity – an advanced degree that focuses solely on cybersecurity and often provides students with hands-on experience with preventing, assessing, and managing security-related risks to digital information and systems to prepare them specifically for careers in cybersecurity
  • MBA in Cybersecurity – an advanced business degree with courses in cybersecurity, and is designed to prepare students for a broader range of careers where they can apply both their business and cybersecurity skill sets
  • Executive/Professional MBA in Cybersecurity – this is similar to, but more advanced than, a standard MBA in Cybersecurity degree, and usually requires students to have at least seven years of applicable professional working experience prior to being admitted into the degree program
  • MS in Information Assurance/Security – an advanced degree that focuses general information security, not limited to digital, and often provides students with hands-on experience with preventing, assessing, and managing security-related risks to information and systems

Accreditation is important for all degrees, ensuring you receive a qualified education. The accrediting bodies featured in our list are:

  • CIHE – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • DEAC – Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • HLC – Higher Learning Commission
  • MSA – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • MSCHE – Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NCA – North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • NWCCU – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • WSCUC – WASC Senior College and University Commission

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