Ivan F.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Ivan F.
Class of 2020, Military Veteran
Rico M.

Help Protect the World’s Computing and Information Systems

The MS in Cybersecurity is a hands-on, career-focused program incorporating opportunities to apply your learning to real-world scenarios. In four-week classes, you will learn from experts in the field and gain the skills and techniques necessary to be successful in the growing job market.

If you’re looking to learn to ensure the security, confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, control, availability, and utility of the world’s computing and information systems infrastructure, the MS in Cybersecurity program will give you the technical and managerial skills you need for success in the industry.

The online cybersecurity degree program includes required core courses and a required specialization option. Core courses are designed to support you, no matter what education or professional background you may bring to the program. In core courses, you will gain the necessary knowledge for going in-depth into this field of study.

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MS in Cybersecurity Specializations

Specialization in Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing: The Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing specialization is designed to provide you with the unique applications involved in Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA). In this specialization, you will focus on ethical hacking and penetration (Pen) testing where you will probe network and information system security components by conducting simulated attacks on systems.

This specialization prepares you to develop rules of engagement, prepare a toolkit, discover and exploit system vulnerabilities, ethically conduct a penetration test, and prepare penetration test documentation.

Specialization in Information Assurance and Security Policy: The specialization in Information Assurance and Security Policy provides you with knowledge and skill in the professional domain of cybersecurity and information assurance, focusing on the organizational and informational portion of the field. This arena particularly involves larger organizations, often in government, that have codified standards, policies, and practices for this field.

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 classes 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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Whether you’re looking to change your career path or start your career in IT, the skills you gain in National University’s master’s in cybersecurity program can give you the edge you need to stand out in the job market.

To learn more about career opportunities and benefits of a master’s in cybersecurity, read our post: Is a Cybersecurity Degree Worth It?

All students who seek to enroll in the MS Cybersecurity Information Assurance (MS-CSIA) 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.

Please refer to the graduate admissions requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation. Reach out today to speak to an admissions counselor directly or download the Course Catalog for additional course requirements and elective options.

9 courses; 40.5 quarter units

Course Description Prerequisite
CYB 600 Cybersecurity Technology N/A
CYB 601 Cybersecurity Toolkit Utilization CYB 600 with a minimum grade of B
CYB 602 Threat Modeling & Intel CYB 601
CYB 603 Cybersecurity Ethical Issues CYB 602
CYB 604 Wireless and Mobile Security CYB 603
CYB 606 Net Defense & Cloud Security CYB 604
CYB 699A Cybersecurity Project I CYB 608 and completion of one specialization area.
CYB 699B Cybersecurity Project II CYB 699A
CYB 699C Cybesecurity Project III CYB 699B with a minimum grade of S

All students must choose ONE specialization option. For specialization course offerings, please see the course catalog.

Christopher Simpson

Christopher Simpson

Academic Program Director, Master of Science in Cybersecurity

“The MS Cybersecurity provides a challenging, hands-on learning experience that gives students the knowledge and skills to succeed in the cybersecurity field.”

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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