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Master of Science in Cybersecurity Operations Management

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Discover a Cybersecurity Degree Focused on Leadership

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No technical background required

Prep for CompTIA ® Project+ and Security+ certifications

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  • Duration 2 Years
  • Cost per Credit $895
  • Credit Hours 30

Program Benefits

  • No GRE or GMAT score required
  • Integrate business operations, finance, and cybersecurity
  • Capstone course offers real-world experience with hands-on opportunities
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The Utica University Cybersecurity Difference

Learn what sets the Utica University M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations Management apart in this video from the program director, Dr. Andrew Carr.

Apply Expert Project Management Skills to Your Cybersecurity Career

Designed to help you fill the cybersecurity leadership skills gap, this online master’s degree delivers foundational technical skills while exploring expert project management concepts. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take the CompTIA ® Project+ certification exam and advance your career in a growing, in-demand field.

Career Outlook: The Cybersecurity Field is Growing Fast

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the computer and information technology field is growing at a pace of 15 percent. This expansion is expected to create more than 682,000 new jobs by 2031.1 CyberSeek reports a 35% gap in the number of workers needed to fill cybersecurity jobs across the U.S.2

As a graduate of Utica University’s online cybersecurity operations management degree, you’ll have the technical expertise and the project management skills to make an impact as a leader in these dynamic roles.

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The online master’s in cybersecurity operations management degree offers a curriculum that integrates finance and accounting skills as a part of the cybersecurity risk framework. With support from industry-experienced faculty, you’ll understand operationally and strategically how cybersecurity fits into a total organizational strategy. Explore principles of organizational management and risk analysis, and gain crisis response skills to address cyber breaches.

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Program Outcomes

The online Cybersecurity Operations Management master’s degree was developed by industry experts to help you advance your career. When you complete the program, you’ll be fully equipped to:

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Admission Requirements

To apply for the online M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations Management degree, you’ll need the following:

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Tuition and Financial Aid

This 30-credit master’s degree program costs $895 per credit hour. Utica University is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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Study With Experts at the Forefront of Cybersecurity

Our faculty have built their expertise on the front lines of cybersecurity. With diverse backgrounds in the industry, many faculty members are still engaged in the field and have expertise in information security, digital forensics, incident response, attack methodology, and more.

As a student of the online cybersecurity degree program, your instructors will provide you with personalized instruction, mentorship, career advice, and a network of opportunities.

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Faculty Spotlights: Learn From Industry Experts

Get to know our faculty of cybersecurity and leadership professionals as they share their perspectives and expertise. Their industry-tested insights can help you succeed as you learn to apply expert management skills to the fast-growing field of cybersecurity.

Jack D. Givens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cybersecurity

Professor Givens teaches undergraduate courses on digital forensics and information security at Utica University. He has also taught graduate courses on critical infrastructure protection, cyber incident management, and network security. Jack is currently completing work on a book about public-private sector partnerships for Marine Corps University Press and co-authoring a textbook on homeland security with Oxford University Press.

Prior to entering academia in 2011, he served in various information technology-related roles for the Department of Homeland Security and in the private sector. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Ph.D. King’s College London
  • M.A. Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jack is co-author of the 2014 book The Business of Counterterrorism: Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security and advises the U.S. military on strategic defense issues.

Salvatore C. Paladino, III, M.B.A, CISSP, PMP

Adjunct Professor, Cybersecurity

Salvatore “Sal” Paladino, MBA, CISSP, PMP, joined Utica in 2010 and has worked as a cybersecurity professional with more than 15 years of experience capturing and leading multi-million-dollar cyber research, development, engineering, and testing efforts. He is currently Director of Account Management at Assured Information Security, where he manages a portfolio of technologies exceeding $100 million in value.

Paladino has authored numerous technical papers and testified as a cybersecurity expert witness before judicial bodies such as the New York State Commission of Investigation. In 2005, he was formally recognized for his contributions to the investigative mission of the United States Secret Service. Paladino has trained or educated more than 3,000 individuals from government, law enforcement, private industry, and academia. He has led the development of three patented technologies, and his technical teams have delivered accredited capabilities that are in operational use by multiple agencies across the Department of Defense.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Board member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) – Erie Canal Chapter
  • DoD Top Secret (TS) with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI),
  • DHS Personnel Suitability Certifications and Training
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • CompTIA+ certified in A+, Security+, and Network+
  • Ethical Hacker Training (EC-Council)
  • Certified Steganography Investigator (WetStone Technologies)
  • Basic and Advanced Data Recovery and Analysis (National White Collar Crime Center, NWC3)
  • B.S. in Computer Security, Utica University (formerly Utica College)
  • MBA in Technology Management, SUNY Polytechnic

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 an enrollment manager.

The online M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations Management degree can be completed in as little as 2 years.

Tuition for the online M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations Management degree costs $895 per credit. There are 30 credits total for this program.

Utica University (formerly Utica College) and its programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

The application process for the online M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations Management can be completed online. Start your online application.

Admission requirements for the online M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations Management program include the following:

  • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from professionals references.
  • Submit a resume and personal statement.

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The online M.S. in Cybersecurity Operations Management degree consists of 10 courses, totaling 30 credit hours. Learn more about the curriculum for this program here.

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Sources and Disclaimer

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Sept. 8, 2022). Computer and Information Technology Occupations. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on February 17, 2023, from
  2. CyberSeek (n.d.). Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map. Retrieved November 9, 2022, from