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M.S. in Cybersecurity: Intelligence Specialization

Graduate Ready to Protect Our Nation from Cyberattacks

Develop Data Protection Expertise

Skills for Homeland and National Security

Industry-Experienced Faculty

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

Program Benefits

  • Protect our nation’s critical data
  • Participate in a virtual two-day immersive residency
  • Study at a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD)

Blend Intelligence Tactics to Defend Critical Data

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.

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.

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

$67,066/year

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

$85,519/year

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
Jobs and Income

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.

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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.

More Options for Your Degree

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Computer Forensics

Pursue your passion for collecting and preparing evidence for computer crimes such as fraud, child pornography and cyber espionage with courses that emphasize a comprehensive understanding of the forensic tools and techniques used to investigate and analyze network-related incidents and preserve digital evidence.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Operations

Understand the policies and practices of cybersecurity so you can become a leader in this emerging field. You’ll graduate ready to help organizations manage security risks and protect assets.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Cyber Policy

Understand the policies and practices of cybersecurity so you can become a leader in this emerging field. You’ll graduate ready to help organizations manage security risks and protect assets.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Data Analytics

Explore concepts in business intelligence, data analytics, and data science. Learn how to analyze big data to make strategic decisions, and advance in this fast-growing field.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Electronic Crime

Master the technical, legal, and ethical aspects of electronic crime, white collar crime and fraud investigation with a focus on risk and compliance, legal issues, fraud management, and advanced fraud analysis techniques.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Malware Analysis

Pursue your interest in the technical aspects of malware analysis with courses that focus on the basics of malware, identification of malware, and mitigation of the effects of malware.

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 counselor.

The online M.S. in Cybersecurity program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time, which allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

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 the 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

Read more about the M.S. in Cybersecurity.

The first step toward applying to the M.S. in Cybersecurity is to start your online application. Then, you’ll need to gather official transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a résumé. Read more about admission requirements for the M.S. in Cybersecurity.

Yes, the M.S. in Cybersecurity offers these specializations:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Cyber Operations
  • Cyber Policy
  • Data Analytics
  • Electronic Crime
  • Intelligence
  • Malware Analysis

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Yes, as part of the M.S. in Cybersecurity, you’ll complete a two-day online virtual cybersecurity residency. Learn more about the curriculum.

The M.S. in Cybersecurity prepares you for industry certifications like CompTIA A+, Security+, and CISSP—among others.

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Sources

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