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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Lead the Fight Against Cyber-Attacks.

Learn to protect important assets with a powerful combination of technology expertise and business leadership skills

  • 100% online
  • Complete your degree in just 2 years
  • Prepare for CISSP + CISM certifications
  • Total estimated cost of $23,940 (just $665 per credit)
  • Does not require a bachelor’s in computer science or technology

Nearly every day brings news of a cybersecurity attack.

Global cybersecurity spending grew 7 percent to $86.4 billion in 2017*, driven by data breaches, app testing and an urgent need to protect vital data. Previously unaware of their vulnerabilities, large and small businesses alike now grasp how quickly they need to act to protect important assets.

In addition, the cybersecurity industry has far too few skilled professionals and a pressing demand for more. ISACA, a non-profit information security advocacy group, projects there will be two million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2020. Forbes reports 40,000 new cybersecurity jobs go unfilled every year.

Through Saint Mary’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity, you’ll build on your technology expertise with hands-on coursework in network security, risk management and more, and you’ll cultivate the leadership skills crucial to landing a top-paying position and preventing the next cyber-attack.

We won’t just make you an expert. We’ll make you a leader.

Program Highlights

  • Acquire Expert Insights. In partnership with Saint Mary's, real-world cybersecurity experts designed this program from the ground up. Course by course, these professionals, hiring managers, information security executives and government officials crafted this curriculum to give you the experience, knowledge and skills to stand out to professionals like them.
  • Lead the Field. Our Masters in Cybersecurity online will add business communication, negotiation and applied ethics to your skillset. With these strengths, which are crucial to advancing your career, you'll graduate ready to manage fellow cyber-experts, explain your ideas to non-cyber leaders and lead the way in cybersecurity.
  • Prepare for CISSP and CISM. Saint Mary's drew inspiration from the CISSP and CISM certifications while designing this program. You'll earn not only a master's degree in cybersecurity, but graduate with the knowledge needed to immediately excel at these exams.
  • Apply Real-World Skills. Many cybersecurity programs emphasize theory over application. Ours goes in-depth on issues faced by modern, real-world companies, gives you application-based coursework, and prepares you with coursework on risk management, network security, intrusion detection and more. Go hands-on with technology.
  • Save Time & Money. Saint Mary's Masters in Cybersecurity has a total estimated cost of $23,400 (just $650 per credit) and a 100% online curriculum that requires no campus visits or residency. This is a savings of up to $15,000 compared to other cybersecurity programs.
  • Grow with Saint Mary's. You'll benefit from the credentials, prestige and welcoming community of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Our private, non-profit, Lasallian Catholic University has more than 100 years of history as an educational institution.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the business management skills relevant to administering information security programs in organizations.
  • Apply leadership skills in information security planning.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in communicating technical information.
  • Balance business needs and overall information security architecture planning.
  • Evaluate risk management frameworks, methods and strategies.
  • Plan for cyber-attacks on networks and computer systems.
  • Protect enterprise-wide information assets.

Comprehensive Leadership – From Ethics to Operations

“Employers simply aren’t looking for recruits who can maintain firewalls and mitigate risk. They want well-rounded professionals who can apply their security expertise across the business in order to yield bottom-line results.” – Todd Thibodeaux, “5 Soft Skills Young Cybersecurity Professionals Need to Get Ahead”

Our online Master of Science in Cybersecurity was expertly designed to give you a broad understanding of this complex field.

Beyond technology fundamentals, you’ll learn a range of skills that are crucial to advancing your career. That includes communication, negotiation and interrelation, so you can promote your initiatives to your superiors, manage teams of specialists and stand out to high-level employers.

“You must be able to speak succinctly and make the complex understandable via meaningful business terms. If you can’t do that, you are not going to make it.” – Patrick Joyce, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Medtronic

“Being able to take the technical side of [cybersecurity], and the soft skills, and melding them together. That is what makes a dynamic leader and executive.” – Kate Kortsch, President & CEO, KII Consulting

Explore the curriculum of the online Master of Science in Cybersecurity:

Computer Networking Requirement

Students who have not taken a foundational computer networking course and/or lack previous experience in the networking technology field may be required to take CYBR 590 Computer Networking (3 cr.) as part of their program. 

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE (3 credits per course)
CYBR600 Foundations of Cybersecurity (required first course)
CYBR605 Security Architecture
CYBR610 Network Security and Intrusion Detection
CYBR615 Cybersecurity Change Management
CYBR620 Operational Security Policy
CYBR625 Risk Management
CYBR630 Communication for Cybersecurity Professionals
CYBR635 Data Privacy
CYBR640 Leadership and Ethics
CYBR645 Incident Response and Investigation
CYBR650 Ethical Hacking and Defense
CYBR690 Security Operations and Leadership (Capstone course)

Career Outlook – Meet the Demand

  • 2 million cybersecurity professionals needed by 2020
  • 3X the job growth of standard IT jobs
  • 53% of organizations wait 6 months or more to find qualified candidates

According to Burning Glass, the median salary for top-tier cybersecurity positions was $110,000 at the beginning of 2018.

Employers as varied as Booz Allen Hamilton, AT&T, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Boeing and Lockheed Martin are all on the lookout for cybersecurity leaders. You’ll graduate from Saint Mary’s with the business leadership skills and technology fundamentals you need to stand out to these high-level employers.

Have a look at cybersecurity career paths and their 2016 median incomes, according to U.S. News & World Report and

Information Security Analyst $69,000
Information Security Specialist $75,000
Information Security Officer $85,000
Security Engineer $86,000
Information Security Manager $100,000
Security Architect, IT $112,000
Chief Information Security Officer $135,000

Let’s Get Started.

Get the tech fundamentals and leadership skills you need to succeed with a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. To learn more, contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954 or request more information and we’ll reach out to you.


* SOURCE: TechCrunch, August 16, 2017.