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

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.

In this industry-current program, you’ll have a choice of two specializations – Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing or Information Assurance and Security Policy. Whichever path you choose, NU’s MS in Cybersecurity is designed to address the pressing need for open jobs worldwide.

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Watch our video to learn more about the MS in Cybersecurity from Dept. of Engineering and Computing Chair, Dr. Ronald Uhlig.

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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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: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm

**SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (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.

Information Assurance and Security Policy – In this specialization, you’ll develop knowledge and skills 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.

For degree and specialization requirements, please visit our course catalog.

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.

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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.”

Jonathan Race., Class of 2018

Jonathan Race

Class of 2018

“The MS Cybersecurity program was an awesome technical experience! It was great to get actual real-world experience for the skills you are learning, as well as the key business components that relate to the such as project management, presentation, and teamwork.”

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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 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.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

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**Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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