M.S. in Cybersecurity: Data Analytics Specialization

Program Overview

Learn to Generate New Insights and Actionable Information

Through skills gained in the online cybersecurity and data analytics master's program, you'll be able to launch a career collecting, analyzing, and protecting data for a business or organization.

Through skills gained in the online cybersecurity and data analytics master's program, you'll be able to launch a career collecting, analyzing, and protecting data for a business or organization.

Prepare for the Future of Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity field will continue to depend heavily upon data analysis skills. Gain the expertise you need to succeed with the master's in cybersecurity and data analytics from Utica College. Throughout this online program, you'll work with our expert faculty to organize and generate knowledge from data, and apply data-driven solutions to meet an organization's challenges.

The master's in cybersecurity with data analytics specialization focuses on theoretical models and real-world processes, including:

  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Creating and implementing solutions based on patterns in data
  • Communicating data and solutions in ways that are accessible to stakeholders or customers

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).

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          Career Outlook: Drive Business Growth as an Expert Data Storyteller

          Nearly every business, organization, nonprofit, or other enterprise relies on big data. Recently, the widespread use of cloud computing, app development, and information security have contributed to exponential growth in data collection, and faster than average job growth for computer and technology occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in computer and technology occupations is expected to grow 12 percent through 2028, adding over 546,200 new jobs.¹ With your online master's in cybersecurity with data analytics specialization from Utica College, you can pursue in-demand positions.

          Career Spotlight: Information Security Analyst


          As an information security analyst, you would create systems to protect sensitive data, infrastructure, and business processes from cyberattacks. You would work to prevent damage from ongoing attempts to steal or corrupt data while anticipating future threats.2

          Career Spotlight: Data Security Analyst


          In a data security analyst role, you would build firewalls and switches, track the performance of network devices, respond to network and security escalations, and troubleshoot security issues. A data security analyst is typically employed within the IT sector of a company.3

          Career Spotlight: Data Analyst


          Data analysts collect, analyze, and report data to meet customer needs. In a data analyst position, you would survey populations of stakeholders, determine technical issues, design data-driven reports, utilize data analysis software, and maintain databases.4

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Cybersecurity Engineer
          • Security Operations Center Analyst
          • Intelligence Analyst
          • Chief Information Security Officer


          Curriculum: Develop Advanced Data Collection and Analysis Techniques

          Our 30-credit cybersecurity degree with data analytics master's specialization teaches appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods, data collection techniques, statistical models, and data visualization. You'll also work with various data sources and innovative data analytics software.

          Courses in the cybersecurity master's data analytics specialization include:

          Course Spotlight: DSC 607 – Data Mining

          Develop an understanding of theoretical concepts and methods in the field of data mining. Explore data mining methods used for prediction and knowledge discovery in databases by using programming software to analyze real-world data.


          Course Spotlight: DSC 609 – Machine Learning

          Understand machine learning algorithms and applications to real-world problems. Learn theoretical foundations and empirical applications of machine learning with hands-on programming assignments and projects.

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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.


          1Computer and Information Technology Occupations. (2020, April 10). Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm
          2Average Information Security Analyst Salary. (2020, May 31). Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Security_Analyst/Salary
          3Average Data Security Analyst Salary. (2020, March 9). Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Data_Security_Analyst/Salary
          4Average Data Analyst Salary. (2020, May 31). Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Data_Analyst/Salary