Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Program Overview

Direct the fight against cybercrime and data theft.

As data breaches dominate daily headlines, experts who know how to defend sensitive data are in high and growing demand. Utica College's Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is designed to equip you with the skills and know-how to lead cybersecurity efforts in business, government agencies, or investigative units.

As data breaches dominate daily headlines, experts who know how to defend sensitive data are in high and growing demand. Utica College's Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is designed to equip you with the skills and know-how to lead cybersecurity efforts in business, government agencies, or investigative units.

Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

30

Cost Per Credit

$895

Time to Complete

2 years

Specializations

7

 
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          Earn $150,000+ on the Front Lines of Data Security

          This 30-credit program offers a carefully created curriculum that will give you the technical ability to protect sensitive systems from the criminals determined to corrupt them while providing soft skills like critical thinking, ethics, and decision-making that are vital to success in the field.

          You'll also participate in a two-day online virtual residency during which you'll interact with your professors and classmates and work together in a truly immersive experience. Equipped with this sought-after skillset and real-world knowledge, you'll graduate prepared to lead in the field of cybersecurity in less than two years.

          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 Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) through academic year 2024.

          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

          The top 10 percent of Information Security Analysts earned more than $158,860 in 2019, with the number of job opportunities expected to grow a whopping 32 percent between 2018 and 2028.1

          With your master's degree in cybersecurity, you'll be ready to join the top tier of this workforce and earn more while making an impact on data security.

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Take the Next Step Toward Certification

          Master the technical skills you'll need on the job and prepare for industry certifications like CompTIA A+, Security+, and CISSP—among others—while developing practical knowledge of cybercrime investigative techniques. Not only will you have the competencies you need to sit for these certifications, but you'll also receive a generous discount on certain CompTIA exams.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Curriculum: Take the Next Step Toward Certification

          Master the technical skills you'll need on the job and prepare for industry certifications like CompTIA A+, Security+, and CISSP—among others—while developing practical knowledge of cybercrime investigative techniques. Not only will you have the competencies you need to sit for these certifications, but you'll also receive a generous discount on certain CompTIA exams.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Available Specializations

          You'll choose from seven specializations. Each will provide you with the most up-to-date skills and know-how to hit the ground running in the industry segment of your choice.

          Admission Requirements

          Making the next step in your cybersecurity career an advanced education at Utica College is simple. Previous cybersecurity work experience is recommended but not required.

          • Completed application
          • Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
          • Two letters of recommendation
          • Transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended
          • Personal statement
          • Résumé

          Don't have a bachelor's degree? Consider Utica's B.S. in Cybersecurity program.

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          This 30-credit program costs $895 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: Experts From the Front Lines

          You'll benefit from the years of hands-on experience each faculty member in our M.S. in Cybersecurity program brings to class.

          Our instructors have diverse backgrounds from throughout the cybersecurity industry, and many are still engaged in the field. The faculty of this program is made up of experts in intelligence, counter-terrorism, information assurance, and forensics.

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          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          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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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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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 M.S. in Cybersecurity program is designed to be completed in less than two years by taking two classes per 16-week semester. Through 30 credit hours, you'll develop both a foundational understanding of cybersecurity principles, ethics, and critical thinking related to cybersecurity, and specialize in any of seven areas: Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Forensics, Malware Analysis, Electronic Crime, Cyber Operations, Cyber Policy, and Data Analytics.

          The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) through academic year 2024.

          Our cybersecurity programs have also been recognized for their excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and EC-Council, one of the premier international certifying cybersecurity bodies.

          When you graduate with a new set of expert-level skills in cybersecurity, information assurance, and computer forensics, you'll be in high demand wherever you're interested in protecting data and deterring cybercrime.

          In-demand jobs are available in corporate, governmental, analytical, or investigative environments. Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow much faster than average 12 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

          See our M.S. in Cybersecurity Career Outlook page for detailed information about the career paths, jobs, and earning potential that may be possible for you after graduation.

          No. While previous experience in computer and information security may provide valuable context to your studies, work history in the field is not required for admittance to the program. See our full list of admissions requirements for the M.S. in Cybersecurity program.

          The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is a 30-credit-hour program at a cost of $895 per credit hour, for a total estimated tuition cost of $26,850. Dual-specialization students will require 42 credit hours for a total of $37,590.

          For a detailed list of all related expenses and fees, see the M.S. in Cybersecurity tuitions and fees page.

          In order to complete the program, you'll be required to complete 30 credit hours, which will include a foundational set of courses as well as your chosen specialization. Dual-specialization students will require 42 credit hours. See the full M.S. in Cybersecurity curriculum for detailed information.

          SOURCES:

          1Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017 May). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Information Security Analysts. Retrieved February 6, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-1.