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MS in Cybersecurity

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Develop advanced technical and leadership skills with our Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program as you prepare to protect the nation's critical information infrastructure.

TESU’s unique master’s program in cybersecurity prepares you to meet the growing need for leaders who can protect the cyber infrastructure and information assets of organizations in the public and private sectors.

The program is designed to prepare students for new careers in cybersecurity as well working professionals to further advance their careers.

  • Interdisciplinary Approach: Curriculum combines technology with relevant human, legal, policy and ethical aspects of cybersecurity needed to protect cyber infrastructure and information assets in a systematic and holistic manner.
  • Relevant and Timely: Cutting-edge curriculum designed with input from leading cybersecurity experts.
  • Hands-On Experience: Immersive lab experiences utilizing an online remotely accessible laboratory environment to gain a real-world hands-on experience.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Taught by leading scholar-practitioner faculty who are experts in the field of cybersecurity.
  • Additional Credential: Earn an additional credential to advance your career by adding a certificate to your graduate degree course planning.

As the number and severity of cyberthreats that organizations face continue to rise, the demand for trained cybersecurity professionals has increased exponentially. However, the number of qualified entrants into the cybersecurity workforce has not kept pace with this demand, leading to a critical shortage of professionals to fill the gap. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28 percent growth in U.S. employment for cybersecurity consultants from 2016 to 2026. This pace of growth is much higher than the average job growth in the United States.

Be ready to meet this demand by earning your master’s degree in cybersecurity at Thomas Edison State University.

As a graduate of TESU’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program, you will be prepared for both technical and leadership roles in major cybersecurity areas such as cybersecurity engineering and architecture, network security, application security, digital forensics and cyber investigation, cyber risk management, cyber policy and compliance, cyber strategy and governance, security administration, and cybersecurity consulting.

Through your course work, you will be able to:

  • Employ cyber prevention, defense and mitigation tools and techniques against cyberthreats to protect the enterprisewide information infrastructure and assets.
  • Secure data and information using modern cryptographic protocols, tools and techniques.
  • Assess and analyze software, hardware and firmware vulnerabilities and implement appropriate prevention and mitigation measures.
  • Apply digital forensics and cyber investigation techniques in response to cyberattacks against networks and computer systems.
  • Apply cybersecurity risk management methodologies and frameworks to defend information systems and assets.
  • Consider the human, legal, privacy, ethical and governance aspects related to protecting critical cyber infrastructure.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree consists of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses. The first half of this program provides students with a strong foundation in network security, operating systems security, cryptography and secure software development to prepare them for more advanced courses in the program. The second half of the program focuses on emerging trends and more advanced themes in cybersecurity including digital forensics, cyber-risk management, cyber-incident response, cybersecurity strategy, governance and ethics.

  • Applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. View transcript requirements.
  • Recommended Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above. Applicants with less that 2.75 will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Applicant must provide a current resume with their completed application.
  • All statements of background and goals must be completed and submitted with a completed application and will be evaluated critically and used to assess an applicant's ability to succeed in and benefit from the graduate program. View statement of background and goals requirements.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) www.ets.org/toefl is required of all applicants whose primary language is not English. A score of 550 on the written; 213 on the computer version; or 79 on the Internet version is required.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in non-cybersecurity disciplines are welcome.

Dr. Amjad Ali

Amjad AliDr. Amjad Ali, associate dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology, oversees our cybersecurity programs. Ali has made significant contributions to the development and launch of major cybersecurity programs and has an extensive background as a technology consultant to both public and private sector organizations.

About the MS in Cybersecurity Program

Credits:

30


Estimated Cost of Degree:

$20,388

Based on:

  • $50 application fee
  • $668 per credit
  • $298 graduation fee

Excludes books or other fees
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Format:

Entirely Online


Transfer Credits:

Up to 12 Credits

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