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MBA: Cybersecurity Specialization

Pair Your Business Expertise with Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Advance in a Rapidly Growing Field

Curriculum Focused on Cyber Intelligence

Industry-Experienced Faculty

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $700
  • Credit Hours 30

Program Benefits

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • ACBSP accredited
  • In-demand skills for a fast-growing field
  • 100% online coursework

High Paying, High Demand

Utica College’s fully online Master of Business Administration allows you to pair your business education with a specialization in the basics of Cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is one of the nation’s fastest-growing fields, with up to 28 percent growth projected for Information Security Analysts by 2026—a rate four times the national average.1 This demand is in response to the flurry of cyberattacks that make daily appearances in the news, with high-profile targets such as Yahoo!, Equifax, Target, the city of Atlanta, the United States’ Democratic National Committee, and more.

Each cyberattack represents lost revenue for businesses affected, as well as lost trust from clients and consumers. A data breach, for example, costs the company affected an average of $3.8 million2 and requires an average of 50 days to resolve.3

Harness Utica College’s MBA with a specialization in Cybersecurity to communicate the business rationale for protecting your organization’s most important data.

Acclaim for Utica College

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014–2019.

Our cybersecurity programs have also been recognized for their excellence by the:

  • Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3)
  • EC-Council, one of the premier certifying bodies in cybersecurity

Learn more about why Utica College is your best choice for a cybersecurity education.

Career Outlook

Spending on cybersecurity grew by nearly 3,500 percent ($3.5 billion to $120 billion) from 2004 to 2017 and is projected to exceed $124 billion in 2019.4,5 As hackers get more sophisticated, attacks will increase alongside spending.

That demand means more opportunities and bigger salaries for cybersecurity management professionals, with 26 percent of employers offering higher salaries to MBA-holding candidates with specializations in technology.6 Plus, it’s projected there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs nationwide by 2021.7

An education from Utica College can help you compete for some of the highest-paying cybersecurity jobs.

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: CYBERSECURITY ANALYST

As a cybersecurity analyst (also known as a cyber threat analyst), you’d take complicated technical concepts and explain them to senior-level executives and officials. You would also work to assess your organization’s data-security readiness through penetration testing and simulated cyberattacks. Employed as a cybersecurity analyst, you could earn a $75,840 average annual salary.8

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: CYBERSECURITY CONSULTANT

As a cybersecurity consultant, you would assess your client or company’s vulnerability using penetration testing. You’d respond to cyberattacks with forensic analysis and assist in risk analysis and mitigation techniques. Your business administration skills would be helpful in this position as you communicate with clients, manage projects, and educate colleagues about policies and procedures. Employed as a cybersecurity consultant, you could earn an $83,472 average annual salary.9

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Information Security Officer
  • Information Security Program Manager
Jobs and Income

Curriculum: Key Cybersecurity Skills

Through 18 foundational credits and 12 specialization credits, Utica College’s MBA specialization in cybersecurity provides you with an advanced understanding of the history and evolution of cyber intelligence. You will also explore the impact of cybersecurity networks, protocols, and systems on institutions, business and government applications, and our privacy.

When you specialize your MBA in cybersecurity, you’ll possess key skills in cybersecurity analysis and cybercrime investigation and response.

Course Spotlight: CYB 673 – Principles of Cybercrime Investigations

Learn the technical aspects of computer cybercrime investigations. You will analyze the different types of attacks used by terrorists and criminals against our computers and understand corresponding defense strategies.

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Course Spotlight: CYB 633 – Critical National Infrastructures and National Security

Examine America’s critical infrastructures and issues pertaining to safeguarding against and managing cyber threats. You will analyze key asset identification, threat vulnerabilities, and technologies to support the planning, mitigation, response, recovery, and prediction of cyber threats.

More Options for Your Degree

MBA: Data Analytics

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MBA: Entrepreneurship

Specialize your MBA in entrepreneurship. This customized program is ideal for strategic early-career or mid-career professionals who are motivated to bring a communication, information, or media business idea to fruition.

MBA: Finance/Accounting

Specialize your MBA and explore economic forces, how they relate to profitability and growth, and gain an introduction to managerial accounting and contemporary issues in cost management.

MBA: Health Care Management

Specialize your MBA in Health Care Management and graduate ready for the challenges of patient-centered care, plus gain a thorough understanding of the complex ethical and legal issues involved from an organizational level.

MBA: Insurance and Risk Management

Specialize your MBA and gain a thorough understanding of non-speculative risks faced by businesses and individuals, as well as how to mitigate those risks. By receiving a B or better in approved courses, you can waive up to two chartered property casualty underwriter (CPCU) exams, saving time and money and getting you closer to earning CPCU designation — the most trusted credential in risk and insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

You can complete the MBA program in just 2 years. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The total estimated tuition for the MBA is $21,000. You can review all tuition costs here.

Utica College’s MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

The first step toward applying for the MBA program is to start your application. Then, you should start to gather required application materials such as a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and a résumé. You can learn more about admission to the MBA here.

You’ll complete 10 courses in the MBA business core, and the remaining number of courses will depend on the specialization you select. You can review courses now.

Yes, you can choose to complete this program 100% online or in a blended format through recorded lectures and in-person or live virtual classrooms. This flexibility gives you the opportunity to get immediate instructor feedback in live sessions, 24/7 access to material through online content, and the ability to learn when and where it’s convenient for you. Read more about the MBA.

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Sources

  1. Information Security Analysts. (2018, April 13). Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm
  2. Mason, J. (2018, June 22). 21 Interesting Cyber Security Statistics (2017-2018). Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://thebestvpn.com/cyber-security-statistics-2020/
  3. Sobers, R. (2018, May 18). 60 Must-Know Cybersecurity Statistics for 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.varonis.com/blog/cybersecurity-statistics/
  4. Morgan, S. (2018, April 18). 2018 Cybersecurity Market Report. Retrieved from https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-market-report/
  5. Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Information Security Spending to Exceed $124 Billion in 2019. (2018, August 15). Retrieved February 12, 2019, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogeraitken/2018/08/19/global-information-security-spending-to-exceed-124b-in-2019-privacy-concerns-driving-demand/#14a69e5c7112
  6. Corporate Recruiters Survey Report 2017 (Rep.). (n.d.). Graduate Management Admission Council. Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.gmac.com/-/media/files/gmac/research/employment-outlook/2017-gmac-corporate-recruiters-web-release.pdf
  7. Morgan, S. (2017, June 06). Cybersecurity labor crunch to hit 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021. Retrieved from https://www.csoonline.com/article/3200024/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html
  8. Average Cyber Security Analyst Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Cyber_Security_Analyst/Salary
  9. Average Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Security_Consultant%2C_(Computing_%2F_Networking_%2F_Information_Technology)/Salary