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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

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Direct the Fight Against Cybercrime and Data Theft

Newly Rebuilt Curriculum Taught by Industry Leaders

Tailor Your Degree to Support Your Goals

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

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

Program Benefits

  • A top 15 ranked Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity (Fortune Education, 2022)
  • Three specializations to customize your degree
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • NSA/DHS designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD)
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The Utica University Cybersecurity Difference

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

Earn $160,000+ on the Front Lines of Data Security

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

As a leader in economic crime programs for more than 25 years, Utica designed the online master’s in cybersecurity program to combine state-of-the-art practices in intelligence, forensics, and cyber operations.

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. You’ll learn how to combine a focus on cyber defense, cyber offense, and digital forensics and incident response with soft skills like critical thinking, ethics, and decision-making, which are vital to success in the field. The M.S. in Cybersecurity degree also features three career-focused specializations to enhance your skill set.

Specialization options include:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Cybersecurity Operations
  • Cybercrime and Fraud

Equipped with this sought-after skill set and real-world knowledge, you’ll graduate prepared to lead in the field of cybersecurity in less than two years.

Earn a Nationally Recognized Cybersecurity Degree

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

In addition, the M.S. in Cybersecurity was ranked a Best Online Master’s in Cybersecurity by Fortune.com in 2022. Learn more about why Utica University is your best choice for your online master’s in cybersecurity.

Prepare for In-Demand Cybersecurity Careers

The top 10% of Information Security Analysts earned more than $165,920 in 2021, with the number of job opportunities expected to grow 35% through 2031.1 CyberSeek’s industry heat map showed over 700,000 cybersecurity job openings were active from October 2021-September 2022. Meanwhile, there’s a 35% gap in the number of workers needed to fill cybersecurity jobs across the U.S.2

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

Cybersecurity is always evolving. Working IT security professionals who have theoretical and foundational knowledge from the online master’s in cybersecurity program and practical network and security skills have an advantage in the field over those without both.

Cybersecurity professionals must stay up-to-date on vulnerabilities, exploits, and incoming attacks. Job responsibilities might also include:

  • Serving as the primary point-of-contact for all management and technical areas in response to zero-day attacks.
  • Deploying internetworking technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems, and virtual private networks (VPNs) to improve the organization’s external security posture.
  • Collaborating with the program and technical leadership team to evaluate staffing requirements for current and emerging projects.
  • Sustaining mission-critical and business-critical requirements, managing ad hoc triage and response teams internally and on coordinated inter-department or inter-agency cyber threat responses.
  • Developing and maintaining complex and risk-adjusted project schedules and complete detailed variance analyses.
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Curriculum: Take the Next Step Toward Certification

The master’s in cybersecurity online program gives you advanced knowledge and hands-on experience in intelligence, critical infrastructures, and investigative principles as they relate to cybercrime.

Master the technical skills you’ll need on the job and prepare for industry certifications like Cloud+, CYSA+, and PenTest+. Because Utica is a CompTIA academic partner, you’ll also receive a discount on certain exams.

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Available Specializations

As a student, you’ll choose one of three specializations. Each is designed to provide the most up-to-date knowledge and skill sets so you can hit the ground running in the industry segment of your choice.

Debating Between Two or More Specializations?

Use our compare programs feature to see differences and similarities easily and find the right option for your career goals.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Digital Forensics

Pursue your passion for collecting and preparing evidence for computer crimes such as fraud, ransomware 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: Cybersecurity Operations

Examine defensive and offensive modes of cyber operations as you become a cybersecurity expert. You’ll graduate ready to detect, investigate, and prevent cybercrime for employers ranging from defense contractors to financial services to critical infrastructure.

M.S. in Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and Fraud

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.

Admission Requirements

Taking the next step in your cybersecurity career with Utica University is simple. Previous cybersecurity work experience is recommended but not required. To apply, you’ll need:

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

Technology Requirement: PCs are more commonly used in cybersecurity than Macs. You cannot complete the cybersecurity program using a Mac, Chromebook, Surface Pro, iPad, or similar tablet device.

*Individuals with an unrelated bachelor’s degree may be accepted on a case-by-case basis with 2-3 years of cybersecurity work experience.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

This 30-credit 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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Steven Gerhart
“The program perfectly balanced research components and engaging hands-on labs, allowing me to delve deeply into theoretical concepts while applying them in practical, real-world settings. The faculty, comprised of professionals from various sectors of the cybersecurity industry, brought diverse perspectives and profound insights into the classroom. The focus on the latest tools and technologies currently dominating the field ensured that, as students, we gained familiarity and proficiency with the most relevant and advanced resources, equipping us for immediate entry into the workforce. Additionally, the program excelled in providing opportunities for collaboration.”
– Steven Gerhart, Senior Solutions Architect at Cisco Systems

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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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 master’s in cybersecurity 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.

Our M.S. in Cybersecurity is ranked #13 for Best Online Master’s in Cybersecurity Degrees in 2022 by Fortune Education.

Additionally, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica University 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:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Cybersecurity Operations
  • Cybercrime and Fraud

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No, there is no residency component for the M.S. in Cybersecurity. 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 and Disclaimer

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022 September). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Information Security Analysts. Retrieved February 22, 2023 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm#tab-1.
  2. CyberSeek (n.d.). Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map. Retrieved November 9, 2022, from https://www.cyberseek.org/heatmap.html.