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Masters Degree Programs

Cyber Degree Programs Offered State By State from 69 different schools

 

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana

Programs:

Online Master of Science in Cyber Security

Courses: 6 elective courses with core courses that can be chosen by the student according to their career goals.

Credits: Total 36 credit hours must be completed within 5 core courses, a class comprising of communication, 6 electives and a capstone project.

National University

La Jolla, California . NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Focus: Ethical hacking and penetration testing, information assurance and security policy.

Courses: 9 courses covering topics like threat modeling and intelligence, wireless and mobile security, ethical issues, and net defense and cloud security.

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Cyber Security (MCBS)

 

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico. NSA CAE

Programs:

The Master of Science in Information Systems and Assurance

Courses: The program is flexible, allowing students to choose one area of concentration or take multiple courses from multiple focuses.

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS in Computer Science – Information Assurance

Courses: Students have the option of choosing customized courses for the program.

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Programs:

Information Assurance, MSIA

Credits: 34 credit hours

Focus: Information security planning, cryptography, project management and risk mitigation, security for applications and networks, computer forensics, and legal and ethical issues in security

Courses: Students must choose an elective in wireless and mobile security, information assurance or banking and financial security along with core courses.

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Michigan. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Assurance

Courses: Total of 8 core courses with 2 electives focusing on cybersecurity

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Programs:

Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

 

University of Advancing Technology

Tempe, Arizona. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Assurance

Credits: 36 credit hours

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS in Management Information Systems With Emphasis in Information Assurance

Courses: A total of 8 courses with 3 electives.

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky

Programs:

Master of Science in Cyber Security 

Duration: 18 months

Focus: Information security assessments, monitor and audit networks and implementations.

Courses: Total of 12 courses based on topics like as data mining and distributed computing, evaluating emerging security technologies, business continuity and disaster response, applied digital forensics, and cyber warfare and espionage.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Computer Science – Secure Systems Path

Master of Science – Cybersecurity

Master of Science in Enterprise Security and Risk Management

Credits: 30 credit hours

Courses: 7 core courses and 3 electives

Our Lady of the Lake University – San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Systems And Security (MS-ISS)

Duration: 12 months

Credits: 30 credit hours

Courses: Core courses include  computer information systems and security  with 5 electives focusing on information assurance

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security

Master of Science in Digital Forensics

Credits: Total 36 credit hours with 18 credit hours put in specified courses and 18 in elective courses.

Courses: Database security, organization system security, business continuity management with various other courses available to pick according to choice in information assurance and security.

University of Dallas

Irving, Texas. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Credits: 30 credit hours

Focus:  Data protection, penetration testing and vulnerability assessment,compliance and legal issues, and operational and strategic cybersecurity management.

Oklahoma State University – Main Campus

Stillwater, Oklahoma. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Telecommunications Management – Information Assurance Emphasis

Credits: 32 credit hours

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Cyber Security (MCBS)

Courses: 7 core courses with 2 elective courses. Topics covered in the program are applications of cryptography and cryptanalysis, security system engineering, and assurance in cyberspace.

Excelsior College

Albany, New York. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Focus: Information assurance, medical data security, policy administration or general.

Credits: 30 credit hours

Courses: IT risk assessment, digital crime and cyber attacks, information assurance ,communication security, and ethical and legal issues.

Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry, New York. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Courses: Local area networks, database management systems, cryptography, operating systems, and statistics.

Credits: Total of 30 credits with 18 in core classes

New York University

New York,New York. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Focus: computer forensics and incident response management, critical infrastructure protection and cyber crime, cyber law and international perspectives on cyberspace, vulnerability management, or project management.

Credits: Six – 6 Credit courses

Pace University – New York

New York,New York. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Internet Technology – Security and Information Assurance Concentration 

Master of Science in Computer Science – Network and Security Concentration

Master of Science in Information Systems – Security Planning and Auditing Concentration

Master of Science in Computer Science – Web Security Concentration

Master of Science in Information Systems – Security and Information Assurance Concentration

Credits: 30 credit hours

Courses: Students must complete 3 core courses with 2 electives and capstone project

Focus: Network security, internet security, computer and internet forensics, and information security management.

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS in Information Management – Information Security Management Focus

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

MS in Telecommunications and Network Management – Information Security Management Focus

Credits: 30 credit hours

Duration: 15 months

Courses: Computer security, internet security, assurance foundations, design and analysis of algorithms, and operating systems.

Utica College

Utica, New York. NSA CAE

Programs:

Online MBA in Cybersecurity

Online Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis

Online MBA in Cyber Policy

Credits: 30 credit hours

Focus: Computer forensics, cyber operations or intelligence.

Maryville University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Programs:

Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Focus: Students must possess technical skills in security for the cloud, mobile device hacking and wireless network security.

Duration: 18 months

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) specialization in Information Security and Assurance

Credits: 21 credit hours in a total of 5 core courses and electives.

 

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Engineering (MENGR) in Information Assurance

Master of Science (MS) in Information Assurance (IA)

Credits: 24 credits + 6 credits in research for thesis for Information Assurance and 27 + 3 credits in creative component for MS Information Assurance.

 

Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science degree in Information Assurance

Credits: 24 credit hours in core courses with 12 credit hours in restricted electives.

 

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Systems – Information Assurance

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Credits: 36 credit hours

Courses:  digital forensics, ethics, network security, cryptography, security software engineering, and ethical hacking.

 

Marymount University

Arlington, Virginia. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS Cybersecurity

Master of Science in Information Technology with concentration in Computer Security

Courses: computer security, cryptography, law and ethics, information security management, and technology leadership

 

Norfolk State University

Norfolk, Virginia. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS in Computer Science – Information Assurance Emphasis

MS Cybersecurity

 

Strayer University

Arlington, Virginia

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Assurance

Master of Science in Information Technology- Computer Forensic Management

Master of Science in Information Systems: Computer Forensic Management 

Courses: 12 courses in any of the degrees must be completed

University of Fairfax

Roanoke, Virginia

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Security Management (MSISM)

Courses: 6 core courses with 2 in research methods and 4 in any area of selected specialization.

Georgetown University

Washington, Washington D.C.. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Professional Studies in Technology  Management: Information Security

Courses: 4 core courses including topics like system requirements, managing technology, financial analysis, and ethics.

 

Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Professional Studies – Information Assurance Management

Master of Professional Studies – Cybersecurity

Focus: Information assurance management or cybersecurity.

Courses: advanced routing, advanced switching, web security and network security.

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS – Information Assurance & Cybersecurity

MBA in Cybersecurity

Focus: Students will learn to address threats to cybersecurity and to implement strategies to defend against attacks.

 

Florida International University

Miami, Florida

Programs:

Master of Science in Computer Engineering with a concentration in Network Security

Duration: 10 months

Credits: 30 Credit hours including 24 credit hours in computer engineering core courses and 6 credit hours in math elective courses.

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. NSA CAE

Programs

Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS)

Credits: 36 credit hours

Duration: 12 months

 

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida

Programs:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Credits: 36 credit hours

Courses: Database security, software security, risk management, ethical hacking, security management, and advanced networking and protocols

 

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Technology – Cybersecurity Specialization

Master of Science in Computer Science – Cybersecurity Focus

Courses:  Database security, secure software development,Java programming and software engineering. Specialization courses cover software assurance.

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

Programs:

Digital Forensics MS

Courses: 4 core classes focusing on computer and digital forensics and 2 focusing on computing. 1 course focusing on criminal justice, science and legal studies or electronic discovery.

University of South Florida – Main Campus

Tampa, Florida

Programs:

Master Degree in Cybersecurity with concentration in Cyber Intelligence

Focus:  Computer security fundamentals.,cyber intelligence, digital forensics, or information assurance.

Courses: 4 core courses, 5 concentration courses. 6 of these should be from cyber intelligence focus.

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Cyber security

Credits: 15 credit hours in core courses and 18 credit hours in technical electives with 12 credits in other electives.

 

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS Information Security 

Credits: 30 credit hours

 

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master’s of Professional Studies in Information Sciences – Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

MS in Information Systems and Technology – Security Focus

Information and Cyber Security Credit Certificate

Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security- Information Security and Forensics Option

Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences, with an option to study in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Focus: Students can choose from 5 specializations that focus on information assurance, cybercrime and fraud investigation, cyber operations, homeland security and emergency management, and network forensics and intrusion investigation.

Credits: 19 credit hours in core classes, 9 credits in statistics and criminology classes and 21-24 credit hours in the selected specialization

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Programs:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Courses: 4 courses from concentration areas and 4 courses in electives. Students have the option of taking more courses should they wish to gain more knowledge in different focuses.

Depaul University

Chicago, Illinois. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Computer, Information and Network Security

Courses: 4 core courses, 4 concentration courses, 4 electives according to student’s goals.

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS)

Online Master of Science in Computer Science (Cyber Security Concentration)

Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) Online Program

Focus: Management or technical concentration

Credits: 35 credit hours

Courses: Intrusion detection, data networking, operating and distributed systems

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Programs:

Information Assurance, MSIA

 

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Michigan. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Assurance

 

Dakota State University

Madison, South Dakota. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Assurance and Computer Security (MSIA)

Focus: Banking and financial security. The students can also create their own specialization by selecting different elective courses from information assurance, information systems and computer sciences.

City University of Seattle

Seattle, Washington. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Security

Courses: 5 core courses and 16 electives

Focus:  cybersecurity environment, information security audit, breaking and securing code.

Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Security Operations

Master of Science in Digital Forensics

Focus: Students will learn strategic and tactical aspects of information security systems administrators, systems analysts, and systems and network engineers

Norwich University

Northfield, Vermont. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance

Focus: Computer forensics and incident response management, critical infrastructure protection and cyber crime, cyber law and international perspectives on cyberspace, vulnerability management, or project management.

Credits: Students must complete 6-6 credit hour courses

 

Capitol college

Laurel, Maryland. NSA CAE

Programs:

 

Master of Science in Information Assurance

Credits: 36 – 39 including 24 credit hours in core courses.

Focus: Students will learn to specialize in network security engineering, information assurance management, or wireless security.

 

Towson University

Towson, Maryland. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS in Computer Science with Focus on Security

MS in Applied Information Technology: Information Assurance and Security

Credits: 33 credit hours with 15 credit hours reserved for graduate certificate and 18 for graduate level electives.

University of Maryland-University College

Adelphi, Maryland. NSA CAE

Programs:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation

Master of Science in Information Technology – Information Assurance

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy

Master of Science in Information Technology – Homeland Security Management

Courses: Science, forensics, management, business and psychology, protecting cyber assets., law and technology.

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota. NSA CAE

Programs:

 

Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security – Healthcare Security

Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security – Digital Forensics

Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security – Network Defense

Credits: 48 credit hours

Courses: Digital forensics, network defense and health care security.

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Programs:

Executive Master in Cybersecurity

Credits: 30 credit hours

Courses: Six core courses including IT risk assessment, communication security, digital crime and cyber attacks, information assurance, and ethical and legal issues.

 

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

Programs:

Online Master of Science In Security Studies: Cybersecurity Concentration

Courses:  Cyber forensics, human behavior,computer network security principles. 7 courses are mandatory including  scientific and technological dimensions of national security, and designing and building a cybersecurity program,intelligence analysis. 3 electives must be taken in cybersecurity concentration

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts. NSA CAE

Programs:

MS in Computer Information Systems with Concentration in Security

MS in Computer Science with Specialization in Cyber Security

MS in Computer Engineering Specialization in Cyber Security

MS in Computer Science with Concentration in Cyber Security

Courses: 5 classes in Core CIS and five courses in Security area. A four hour credit prerequisite course is also required.

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Programs:

Master of Science in Information Security

Credits: 30 Credit hours

Courses: Fundamentals and four electives that will help students gain knowledge on specific skills. Includes topics like data communications, TCP/IP protocol, networking, maintaining and planning core infrastructures.

 

 

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska. NSA CAE

Programs:

 

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Duration: 14 months

Courses: 9 core courses and 3 electives

 

Atlantic International University

Honolulu, Hawaii

Programs:

Master of Network Administration and Security (MS)

Courses: Every student has the ability to customize their program with the help of academic advisors who will help them take on courses according to their background and work/life experiences.

 

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia

Programs:

 

Master of Arts in National Security Studies – Capstone Option

 

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Studies

Credits Required: 36

Focus: Students will learn to prevent and respond to cyber attacks. A capstone project is required at the end.

Master’s Degree In Cybersecurity Overview

 

Master’s degree in cybersecurity is there to help you learn more about advanced skills associated with IT security in order to protect a company’s assets. Depending on your interests, you may wish to take specific subjects and majors that have their own set of challenges and knowledge to learn. The degree can ultimately take up to 2-3 years to finish.

 

Do you really need a Master’s degree though? It completely depends on your choice. Most jobs will require at most a technical bachelor’s degree unless you opt for a very high level position in an organization.

 

A Master’s is perfect if you:

 

  • Want to jump to the next level of your career within an organization
  • Want to get into a managerial position
  • Want to enter cybersecurity field without a BS in Cybersecurity, Computer Science or any other related technical degree
  • Want to do extensive research on cyber security topics

What are the different kinds of Master’s Degrees in cybersecurity

 

MS in Computer Science

 

A lot of universities offer the computer science option instead of cybersecurity degree. You can opt for a specialization within this degree that tackles issues with cybersecurity. But you will still have to have knowledge in technical skills like programming, operating systems, software engineering etc to get into a Master’s.

 

MS in Cybersecurity

 

Relatively new field in the industry means that cybersecurity specialized degrees are still very few in number. But it is a degree that ultimately expands on the Bachelor’s version. You may have to deal with data integrity, businesses continuity and risk management. Courses can easily deal with new technologies or tools that are commonly used in organizations.

 

MS in Information Assurance

 

Information Assurance deals with both managerial and technical aspects of cybersecurity like protecting and controlling the information on information systems. Courses like auditing, forensics, intrusion detection are commonly seen in this degree.

 

MS in Computer Engineering

 

Computer engineering is very similar in nature to computer science. You can choose to specialize in cyber security. The degree is concerned mostly with both hardware and software development. If you choose to take security as your major, you will be covering topics like embedded systems, microprocessors, security software development and advanced data structures.

MS In Information Technology

 

Information technology degree is less technical and a little more theoretical. It is best used as a qualification for managerial posts where you have to lead a team instead of developing or doing the hands on job. You will deal with courses like security risks, IT best practices, regulatory issues and organizational objectives.

Curriculum Overview

Schools tend to keep their courses different from other schools in the industry. But most of the course work still revolves around computer security when it comes to a cybersecurity degree. We have compiled a list of common courses that are usually present in all degrees.

Year 1 Samples

  • Network security
  • Systems Security
  • E-Commerce Security
  • Security governance and compliance
  • Algorithm analysis
  • Application security
  • Software engineering
  • Information security strategy and policy
  • Information Security Management
  • Cyber Ethics, Legal issues and Privacy

Year 2 samples

  • Advanced networking and protocols
  • Penetration testing and vulnerability analysis
  • Digital Forensics
  • Biometrics
  • Business Continuity and Recovery Planning
  • Capstone Project
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Security Architecture and Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Thesis

Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

Following are the common standards set by universities when making decision over admission:

  • Student should have a bachelor’s degree in a technical subject from an accredited university
  • The GPA should be good. A lot of universities accept students with GPA 3.o or more
  • At least 1-2 years of experience in calculus
  • Must have theoretical knowledge of math courses like differential equations, linear algebra and more
  • Must have theoretical experience in computer science courses like computer architecture, programming and data structures
  • Application should include official transcripts
  • Application fee
  • Letters of recommendation

 

 

 

 

 

 

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