M.S. in Cybersecurity: Intelligence Specialization

Program Overview

Graduate ready to protect our nation from cyberattacks.

The online world is the newest battlefield in the fight against terrorism and espionage. Gain the skills to combat these crimes through the Intelligence specialization of Utica College's online Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

The online world is the newest battlefield in the fight against terrorism and espionage. Gain the skills to combat these crimes through the Intelligence specialization of Utica College's online Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

Blend Intelligence Tactics to Defend Critical Data

In this specialization, you'll learn to protect and maintain homeland and national security through cyber intelligence and counterintelligence, cyber counterterrorism, and cyber counter sabotage. Graduate with the knowledge to create and leverage systems to protect our nation's critical data and help ensure security for all.

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          Career Outlook

          When you graduate from the M.S. in Cybersecurity with the Intelligence specialization, you'll possess the comprehensive skills to make an impact in a variety of government agencies.

          Examples of some of the organizations that seek out our graduates include the U.S. Army, Interpol, U.S. Marshalls Service, U.S. Postal Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Homeland Security, and more.

          Career Spotlight: Intelligence Analyst


          As an intelligence analyst, you would be responsible for coordinating and conducting research efforts as they pertain to potential security threats. Professionals in this position analyze information to determine its accuracy and significance, helping organizations make informed decisions in critical situations.1

          Career Spotlight: Intelligence Officer


          As an intelligence officer, you would act as an advisor concerning the collection methods and analysis of critical information. You'd be responsible for facilitating counterintelligence investigations while keeping the collected information secure, helping to neutralize cyber threats.2

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Computer Network Analyst
          • Cyber Operations Exploitation
          • Advanced Counter Intelligence Analyst
          • Dark Web Cyber Researcher


          Curriculum: Learn to Keep Systems Safe

          Through 18 core credits and 12 specialization credits, you'll learn to translate homeland and national security policies to the cyber realm. You'll gain the skills to proactively design secure systems to protect sensitive computer-based information and operations from attacks and unauthorized observation. A sample of the courses you could take to complete this specialization include:

          Course Spotlight: CYB 615 – Cyber Counterintelligence

          Develop a broad understanding of the history and evolution of cyber counterintelligence. From passive and active measures to principles and processes, you'll learn about the ethics of counterintelligence and how to evaluate successes and failures. You'll also explore topics including counterintelligence missions, defensive and offensive counterintelligence, and counterespionage.


          Course Spotlight: CYB 667 – Critical Incident Command, Response, and All Hazards

          Learn about the key elements of crisis planning and information management and how to develop levels of preparation, including role-playing and other methods of analysis to test the key elements of a crisis plan. Multi-jurisdictional issues relating to cyber conflict and SCADA systems will also be reviewed.

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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.


          1PayScale (n.d.). Average Intelligence Analyst Salary. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Intelligence_Analyst/Salary
          2PayScale (n.d.). Average Intelligence Officer Salary. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Intelligence_Officer/Salary