Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy & Risk Analysis

Program Overview

Oversee the safekeeping of networks and data.

Utica College's online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis prepares you to responsibly oversee cyber policy and practices in modern organizations. You'll graduate ready to become a cyber policy professional and government decision-maker who understands oversight in today's ever-changing online environment.

Utica College's online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis prepares you to responsibly oversee cyber policy and practices in modern organizations. You'll graduate ready to become a cyber policy professional and government decision-maker who understands oversight in today's ever-changing online environment.

Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

30

Cost Per Credit

$775

Time to Complete

2 years

 
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          Excel in a Growing Field

          This two-year, 30-credit master's program incorporates the most current insights from this emerging field. You'll dig into coursework that blends policy and practice and builds a coherent set of underlying principles and procedures that are both legal and ethical. You'll help your organization avoid and manage security risks to their networks, data, and other critical assets.

          There's an immense opportunity awaiting cyber policy professionals. Through our results-driven approach to current trends and regulations, you'll complete this program with the right degree at the right time.

          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 cybersecurity bodies

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

           

          Career Outlook

          Organizations everywhere — both private and public sector — need cyber policy professionals who can take on issues that aren't easy to analyze and manage risk in a complex environment. You'll gain the foresight to develop tomorrow's cyber policy and excel in competitive workplaces using data-driven decision-making.

          The global cybersecurity market grew by almost 3,500% from 2004 to 2017, from $3.5 billion to $120 billion.4 The U.S. government alone spent almost $20 billion on cybersecurity in 2017.4 There is an enormous opportunity for professionals with the expertise you'll gain in this MPS in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis.

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Know Your Enemy

          Our master's in cyber policy and risk analysis is flexible, non-technical, and comprehensive.

          First, you'll learn foundational theories in cyber law, public policy, and ethics; next, you'll focus in depth on policy and professional responsibility, with cutting-edge skills in espionage, surveillance, and cyber data fusion. Ultimately, you'll know how to analyze data, policy, and intelligence to understand your adversaries and predict their next move.

          This professional studies program gives you core competencies in:

          • Cyberspace and cybersecurity
          • Complex organizational issues
          • Foundations of security and privacy
          • Risk assessment and management

          All of your coursework will be dynamic and based on current industry standards. You'll even turn theory into practice and tap into such game-changing case studies as the Edward Snowden revelations, the hack on Sony Pictures, and more.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Curriculum: Know Your Enemy

          Our master's in cyber policy and risk analysis is flexible, non-technical, and comprehensive.

          First, you'll learn foundational theories in cyber law, public policy, and ethics; next, you'll focus in depth on policy and professional responsibility, with cutting-edge skills in espionage, surveillance, and cyber data fusion. Ultimately, you'll know how to analyze data, policy, and intelligence to understand your adversaries and predict their next move.

          This professional studies program gives you core competencies in:

          • Cyberspace and cybersecurity
          • Complex organizational issues
          • Foundations of security and privacy
          • Risk assessment and management

          All of your coursework will be dynamic and based on current industry standards. You'll even turn theory into practice and tap into such game-changing case studies as the Edward Snowden revelations, the hack on Sony Pictures, and more.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Admissions Requirements

          Here's what you need to apply:

          • Completed application
          • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.7
          • Two letters of recommendation
          • Official transcript
          • Personal statement
          • Work experience is recommended but not required

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          This 30-credit program costs $775 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty: Work Directly With Experts

          Utica College is a private university with small class sizes and faculty who are devoted to your success. In this program, you'll receive one-on-one help from your professors to address your academic needs.

          Our faculty members have unparalleled experience in the cyber policy and cybersecurity fields. They're sought after by private organizations, law enforcement, and national and local institutions to speak at industry forums and offer their guidance on cybersecurity policy and practice.

          As a student in this program, you'll receive extraordinary personal attention from your instructors and benefit from their insights and expertise.

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          Why Learn Online
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          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          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 a program manager.

          The program should take an estimated two years when you take one class every 8 weeks. However, you can complete the program more or less quickly depending on how many credits you are able to take each term.

          More organizations are seeking cybersecurity professionals who understand both the technical and policy-making sides of this field, and you'll be person they need with this degree. Prepare for positions like:

          • Cybersecurity Analyst ($75,908 average annual salary)
          • Incident Manager ($77,371 average annual salary)
          • Chief Information Security Officer ($156,007 average annual salary)

          The field of cybersecurity as a whole is experiencing astronomical growth, too. The global cybersecurity market grew by 35x from 2004 to 2017, from $3.5 billion to $120 billion, and even more growth is expected in the coming years as the number and ferocity of cyberattacks increases.

          Learn more on our career outlook page.

          That's OK. A technical background is not required for admission to this program. Learn more about admission requirements.

          This 30-credit program costs $775 per credit hour, for an estimated tuition of $23,250. Note that this estimate does not include fees and other assorted costs you'll incur. Details at our tuition page.

          It's up to you. You can take this program as a full- or part-time student. Students taking six credits or more per 16-week semester are considered full-time, while students taking at least three credits are considered part-time.

          The curriculum for our master's in cyber policy and risk analysis consists of our core cyber policy courses, as well as a professional development capstone course where you'll present a position paper or policy statement on a current cybersecurity issue.

          In this 30-credit curriculum, you will develop core competencies in cyberspace and cybersecurity; complex organizational issues; the foundations of security and privacy; and risk assessment and management.

          Learn more about courses you'll take in this professional studies program.

          SOURCES:

          1PayScale (2019 January). Average Cybersecurity Analyst Salary. Retrieved on January 9, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Cyber_Security_Analyst/Salary
          2PayScale (2019 January). Average Incident Manager Salary. Retrieved on January 9, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Incident_Manager/Salary
          3PayScale (2019 January). Average Chief Information Security Officer Salary. Retrieved on January 9, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_Information_Security_Officer/Salary
          4Morgan, C. (2018 May). 2018 Cybersecurity Market Report. Cybersecurity Ventures. Retrieved on January 9, 2019, from https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybersecurity-market-report/