Master's in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis: Career Outlook

Meet the need for cyber leadership in a booming job market.

Every new advance in technology creates both opportunities and risks. Companies around the world need skilled experts who have both cybersecurity expertise and experience with policymaking and responsible oversight, so they can better protect their most important data. Our Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis prepares you to meet that need.

  • 35x ($3.5 billion to $120 billion) market growth from 2004 to 20171
  • $20 billion spending on cybersecurity by the U.S. government in 20171
  • 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs projected by 20212
  • $82,000 average salary for cybersecurity leadership positions3

You'll graduate ready to become a cybersecurity professional and government decision-maker who can blend policy with practice in today's ever-changing technological environment. You'll explore coursework that's built on the most current insight from the field, drawing on wisdom from real-world case studies so you can transform theory into practice.

Learn the ins and outs of national cybersecurity and build a thriving career with an education from Utica College — 100-percent online and at your own pace. We've been designated as a National Center of Excellence by the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and more.

Cybersecurity Analyst


As a cybersecurity analyst (also known as a cyber threat analyst), you'll take complicated technical concepts and explain them to senior-level executives and officials. You'll also work to assess your organization's data-security readiness through exercises and simulated cyberattacks. The most important qualification for this position is a solid understanding of information security and cyber intelligence principles — knowledge you can gain from this program.4

Chief Information Security Officer


Take a seat in the boardroom as a Chief Information Security Officer, one of the highest-earning cybersecurity positions. You would be responsible for implementing, overseeing, and maintaining any security-related processes and initiatives that compromise your organization's operational cybersecurity. The nationwide average for this salary is $155,578, and top-earning CISOs make up to $350,000 annually in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C.5,6

Additional roles for cybersecurity experts:

  • Incident Manager
  • Overwatch Officer
  • Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Surveillance Analyst
  • Cyber Policy Analyst
  • Cyber Intelligence Analyst
  • Cyber Fraud Investigations Manager

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          Key Skills Employers Need

          • Understand the foundational concepts of cybersecurity — including privacy, risk management, and ethical issues.

          • Perform in-depth risk analysis, both for a complex organization and a governmental agency.

          • Understand the global landscape of cyber policy, cyberpolitics, and international relations.

          • Exhibit an awareness of the constitutional, legal, and public policy issues associated with the field of cybersecurity.

          Beyond the Degree

          We have the tools to help you make your next career move:

          One-on-One Mentors

          Work with your program director and professors for professional mentorship and support.

          Job Search Assistance

          Build your résumé, do mock interviews, and find new opportunities in your area.

          Career Counseling

          Have our experts review your résumé and LinkedIn and learn to stand out from the crowd.

          UC Career Connect

          Register for events, create a visual profile for employers, and apply for jobs and internships through our online portal.


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          2Morgan, S. (2017, June 06). Cybersecurity labor crunch to hit 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021. CSO. Retrieved January 2, 2019, from
          3PayScale (n.d.). Master of Science (MS), Cybersecurity Degree. Retrieved January 2, 2019, from,_Cybersecurity/Salary
          4PayScale (n.d.). Average Cyber Security Analyst Salary. Retrieved January 2, 2019, from
          5PayScale (n.d.). Average Chief Information Security Officer Salary. Retrieved January 2, 2019, from
          6Morgan, S. (2016, January 09). Top Cyber Security Salaries In U.S. Metros Hit $380,000. Forbes. Retrieved January 2, 2019, from