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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

If you can envision yourself helping to ensure the security, confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, control, availability, and utility of the world’s computing and information systems infrastructure, National University’s MS in Cybersecurity program will give you the technical and managerial skills you need to achieve your career aspirations.

In this rigorous online curriculum, we challenge our students to design, build and implement the computing and systems that address the major issues our society is wrestling with. It’s a professionally focused degree for those who endeavor to help secure the world’s computer and information systems infrastructure.

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Course Details

Core Requirements

  • 9 Courses; 40.5 quarter units

Examines the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity and the associated technology. Includes securing the environment, security technologies in the environment, security threats, and security responses. Ethical and legal aspects of cybersecurity are also examined.

PrerequisiteCYB 600 with a minimum grade of B.

An introduction to the tools and techniques utilized in cyber defense and offensive cyber operations. Use of technical tools will be demonstrated in virtual lab environments.

PrerequisiteCYB 601

Analysis and evaluation of threat modeling and cyber threat intelligence to reduce risk and enhance organizational Cybersecurity posture. Development and use of threat models to identify threats to systems and applications. Methods for collecting and utilizing threat intelligence to identify organizational threats are also covered.

PrerequisiteCYB 602

Concepts covered include a comprehensive wireless and mobile security overview including the design, planning, installation, and maintenance of wireless network security infrastructures. Emphasis is placed on information warfare countermeasures relative to government, military, terrorist and rogue, and private enterprise demographics.

Prerequisite: CYB 604

An introduction to the concepts of network security monitoring and incident response. Students will conduct an analysis and evaluation of network security monitoring tools and techniques. Students will examine the methods for conducting incident response.

Prerequisite: CYB 606

An introduction to the concepts of cloud computing. This course will examine the security implications of operating in a cloud computing environment. Tools and techniques to implement DevSec ops will be introduced.

Prerequisite: CYB 608 and completion of one specialization area.

A Master’s level project dealing with a student’s area of specialization in the Cyber Security and Information Assurance program. The students will create an original project with practical applications using cybersecurity policy, regulatory, and testing frameworks. The project will integrate the concepts of cyber security and information assurance taught throughout the program. Project management techniques and collaboration will be emphasized along with the ethical and legal aspects of the project. Grading is H, S, U only.

Prerequisite: CYB 699A

Master’s level project dealing with a student’s area of specialization in the Cyber Security and Information Assurance program. The students will create an original project with practical applications using cybersecurity policy, regulatory, and testing frameworks. Project management technqiues and collaboration will be emphasized along with the ethical and legal aspects of the project. Grading is H, S or U only.

PrerequisiteCYB 699B with a minimum grade of S. Students to successfully complete CYB 699B

Master’s level project dealing with a student’s area of specialization in the Cyber Security and Information Assurance program. The students will create an original project with practical applications using cybersecurity policy, regulatory, and testing frameworks. Project management techniques and collaboration will be emphasized along with the ethical and legal aspects of the project. Project results will be presented to a panel for review. Grading is by H, S or U only.

Students must select one area of specialization


Specialization in Enterprise Cybersecurity Management

This specialization requires 18 graduate units at National University.

Program Requirements
  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

PrerequisiteCYB 607

This class focuses on the legal and regulatory requirements, ethical issues, basic methodology and technical tools to conduct cybersecurity audits and assessments. Students will explore the frameworks, tools, and techniques to conduct a cybersecurity assessment.

PrerequisiteCYB 608

Students will explore the development of cybersecurity policy for commercial and government organizations. The legal and regulatory requirements for cybersecurity policy development will be examined.

PrerequisiteCYB 612

An examination of the functions and processes to implement and monitor cybersecurity controls across an organization. An exploration of commercial and government compliance requirements.

PrerequisiteCYB 613

An examination of the methods and frameworks for implementing and managing an enterprise cybersecurity program. Students will explore various frameworks and tools to develop and manage a cybersecurity program that supports an organization’s mission.

Specialization in Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing

Program Requirements
  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

PrerequisiteCYB 607

This class focuses on the legal and regulatory requirements, ethical issues, basic methodology and technical tools to conduct cybersecurity audits and assessments. Students will explore the frameworks, tools, and techniques to conduct a cybersecurity assessment.

PrerequisiteCYB 608

Students will apply principles of penetration testing to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in networked and cloud based information systems and make recommendations for mitigation.

PrerequisiteCYB 632

Red Teaming, or Alternative Analysis, is the practice of viewing a problem from an adversarial or competitor’s perspective. The objective of Red Teams is to enhance decision making, practices of secured system protection applicable by establishing countermeasures of defense. Students will learn to employ actively open-minded/problem solving and unbiased thinking to conduct red team assessments.

PrerequisiteCYB 633

Students will analyze and utilize advanced penetration testing tools and techniques. Web application attack tools and techniques will be examined.

Specialization in Digital Forensics and Incident Response

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

PrerequisiteCYB 607

Develop advanced skills in threat hunting and incident response to promptly and effectively identify and mitigate threats. Learn the threat hunting cycle and techniques for proactive, reactive, and continuous hunting. Utilize tools like SIEMs, EDRs, and threat intelligence feeds for real-time threat identification and response. Gain practical knowledge applicable to real-world scenarios.

PrerequisiteCYB 640

An introduction to the field of digital investigations, including the techniques, tools, and methodologies used to investigate cybercrime and other digital incidents. Students will learn how to collect, preserve, and analyze digital evidence from a variety of sources, including computers, mobile devices, and the cloud. The course will also cover the latest trends in digital investigations, such as the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. In addition, the course explores the legal and ethical considerations involved in digital investigations, including the use of digital evidence in criminal and civil cases, and the rules of evidence in digital investigations.

PrerequisiteCYB 641

Gain in-depth understanding of cloud forensics and incident response, focusing on techniques, tools, and methodologies for investigating and responding to security incidents in cloud environments. Explore challenges and considerations specific to cloud computing. Covers the entire investigation process, including evidence collection, analysis, and incident response activities.

PrerequisiteCYB 642

Gain a comprehensive understanding of network forensics and its techniques, tools, and methodologies for investigating cyber incidents on network infrastructure. Learn principles of network traffic analysis, intrusion detection, and network-based attacks. Explore legal and ethical considerations. By the end of the course, be able to conduct effective investigations, gather evidence, and present findings.

Specialization in Cloud Security

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

Prerequisite: CYB 607

An examination into the critical aspects of risk management in cloud computing environments. The curriculum addresses both theoretical and practical aspects of risk management in the cloud. Students will explore the challenges, methodologies, and best practices associated with managing risk when using cloud computing environments. Various frameworks and risk management for zero trust environments will be covered in this class.

Prerequisite: CYB 650

Explore secure cloud architecture design and implementation, covering principles of cloud security, zero trust architecture, and vulnerabilities in cloud service models. Learn to design secure architectures for cloud environments that offer comprehensive protection against threats.

Prerequisite: CYB 651

Learn DevSecOps principles and practices for secure and resilient applications. Emphasis on integrating security within the DevOps framework, emphasizing collaboration, automation, and continuous improvement.

Prerequisite: CYB 652

Explore methods and techniques for assessing security in cloud environments, focusing on unique challenges, evaluating security controls, and identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities.

Degree and Course Requirements

All students who seek to enroll in the MS Cybersecurity (MS CYB) program must interview with the Faculty Advisor prior to enrolling in the first course of the program.

To obtain the Master of Science in Cybersecurity, students must complete 58.5 graduate units. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another regionally accredited institution, as it applies to this degree, and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. All students must complete the nine core requirements and choose an area of specialization.


The Enterprise Cybersecurity Management specialization focuses on programmatic management and governance skills for organizational cybersecurity. In addition to foundational knowledge and tools for securing network, cloud and wireless systems, you’ll learn to assess and manage the vulnerabilities and protections of these IT environments. This specialization focuses on larger organizations (often in government) that have codified standards, policies, and practices for their information systems.

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The Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing specialization focuses on testing enterprise systems by probing network and information security components with simulated attacks. These exercises and simulations prepare professionals for: developing rules of engagement, preparing cybersecurity tool kits, discovering and exploiting system vulnerabilities, ethically conducting penetration tests, and preparing penetration test documentation. Red-Teaming practices and Red vs. Blue team exercises will be executed and assessed as an important part of the coursework.

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The specialization of Digital Forensics provides a greater focus on investigation and analysis of computers and networks. Students will be able to examine digital summaries of indications, investigations of digital forensics and preserve digital evidence.

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The specialization in Cloud Security prepares students to effectively secure cloud environments. The specialization focuses on risk management, secure cloud architecture, DevSecOps, and cloud computing assessments. Students learn to formulate risk management strategies, design secure cloud architectures, integrate security practices into DevOps, and conduct security assessments in cloud environments. Legal, regulatory, and compliance considerations are also covered. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills to address cloud security challenges, communicate security concepts, and implement continuous monitoring and improvement practices. Graduates are prepared to meet the increasing demand for cloud security professionals in various industries.

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A master’s in cybersecurity degree opens doors in a variety of industries, including finance and insurance, manufacturing, information services, health care, administrative support services, and scientific and technical services. Whether you’re looking to change your career path or start your career in IT, the skills you gain in National University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity can give you the edge you need to stand out in the job market.

Cybersecurity is a field that’s rapidly expanding and in need of professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills. For example, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is dramatically faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It can also be a lucrative career move, with a median annual wage of $102,600 and the top 10 percent earning more than $165,920.*

Employers in the cybersecurity field are looking for workers with skills in communications, management, operations, leadership, infrastructure, information technology, innovation, integration, and research. With this master’s degree from National University, you’ll be prepared to seek a variety of roles in cybersecurity, including:**

  • Information Systems Security Manager
  • Director of Information Security
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Consultant
  • Penetration & Vulnerability Tester
  • IT Auditor
  • Cybersecurity Architect

To learn more about career opportunities in the field of cybersecurity, read our post: Is a Cybersecurity Degree Worth It?


**SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: May 3, 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

The field of cybersecurity is robust and offers numerous pathways to difference-making careers. To provide the industry with highly skilled professionals on the cutting edge of the market’s current and expected needs, National University’s MS in Cybersecurity offers two career-focused specializations:

Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing – In this specialization, you’ll focus on ethical hacking and penetration (Pen) testing where you will probe network and information system security components by conducting simulated attacks on systems. It’s designed to provide you with the unique applications involved in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (CSIA). You’ll also learn how to develop rules of engagement, prepare a toolkit, discover and exploit system vulnerabilities, ethically conduct a penetration test, and prepare penetration test documentation.

Enterprise Cybersecurity Management – The specialization in Enterprise Cybersecurity Management provides study in the professional domain of cybersecurity that focuses on the programmatic management and governance of cybersecurity for organization. This arena particularly involves larger organizations, often in government, that have codified standards, policies, and practices for this field.

National University students are encouraged to joint our Cyber Team Nucl3@r. The cyber team apply the knowledge and skills they gain in class by competing in challenging cyber competitions like the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense CompetitionCollegiate Pentest CompetitionNational Cyber League, and Cyberforce Competition. These competitions also allow students to demonstrate their skills to potential employers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of National University’s master’s in cybersecurity program, graduates will be able to:

  • Devise a mitigation plan against both external and internal vulnerabilities to enterprise computer infrastructures and sensitive digital assets
  • Analyze and evaluate multiple risk assessment methods and strategies
  • Compare and contrast the legal and ethical aspects of cybersecurity at the federal, state, and international level
  • Assess and summarize the legal and ethical requirements of a cybersecurity professional
  • Integrate project management skills to produce a cybersecurity solution
  • Evaluate the results of a security assessment to assess the security status of a network or computer system
  • Conduct in-depth research into a specific CSIA topic, including finding and integrating relevant research results of others
  • Integrate systems-level infrastructure thinking into CSIA problem identification and resolution and effectively communicate the solution

Our four-week courses and online options work with your schedule to get the most out of our MS in Cybersecurity program. You could start as early as next month!

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