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Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Below, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity. If you have more questions, reach out to an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954 or request more information.

We’re here to help make this important step in your career and education as smooth as possible!

What makes Saint Mary’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity different from other cybersecurity programs?

This program was crafted by real-world cybersecurity professionals who understand the needs of this fast-growing field to ensure this program from Saint Mary’s meets those needs. In addition, you get a mix of both the technical skills you need to prevent cyberattacks and the business leadership skills to promote your initiatives and communicate with non-cyber leaders.

You will graduate as a well-rounded cybersecurity professional who’s ready to be the solution to cyberattacks in a business environment.

Is this program accredited? 

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Does this program prepare me for CISM and CISSP certifications?

Yes, we’ve created the program with these certifications in mind, and in addition to possessing this advanced credential, you will be prepared to sit for these exams when you graduate.

What will my fellow students in this program be like?

Your fellow students will have a broad range of business and IT experience and enrich your learning environment with perspectives in multiple disciplines. Individuals with military experience or an inclination for public service are particularly drawn to this field. There’s great interest in information security from veterans and military personnel.

What are some examples of jobs I can get with this degree?

Example jobs include Information Security Analyst, Security Engineer, Chief Information Security Officer, Security Architect, and IT, and according to Burning Glass, the median income for this field was $110,000 in 2018.

For more information on career paths and opportunities, visit our Career Outlook page.

Is this program entirely online or does it require on-campus residencies?

This program is 100% online and does not require on-campus residencies.

What type of support is available to me? What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?

All of the support systems available to Saint Mary’s on-campus students are available to online learners, too, including academic support. A team of advisers is ready to assist you, and your professors are just a phone call, email, or Skype session away. You will also be paired with a dedicated student services specialist who will ensure your educational and professional goals stay on track.

If you have a technical question, support is available to online students 24/7 at our Personal Support Center, 877-308-9954, ext. 3.

I don’t have an iPad. Is one required to pursue this degree?

All coursework can be completed through Saint Mary’s interactive website, but every online Saint Mary’s student is issued their own iPad (included in tuition). You’ll have the world’s most innovative online learning experience at your fingertips.

Is this a self-paced program?

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

Will my degree say that it is from an online program?

No. It’s also important to note that your degree is of the same quality and possesses the same prestige as an on-campus degree from Saint Mary’s.

Does this program have industry-specific accreditation?

This is a new program and does not currently have industry-specific accreditation. However, as a new program, it’s designed to give you fresh perspectives and stand at the leading edge of cybersecurity trends and hiring manager needs.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

How long does the program take?

The program is made up of 12 courses and 36 credit hours. You can complete it in two years.

What is the cost per credit in this program, and what is the total estimated cost?

Credit hours in the cybersecurity program are $650, and the program has a total estimated cost of $23,400. That estimate doesn’t include fees or supplemental costs such as textbooks.

Can I transfer credits from another university and graduate program?

It is possible to transfer credits from another university if the course descriptions match the descriptions of Saint Mary’s courses. The program director will review any possible credit transfers.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

Is there prerequisite coursework for this program?

Students must have an undergraduate or graduate computer networking course completed before taking the first course in this curriculum. We provide a foundational course, CYBR590 Computer Networking, for those who need the prerequisite knowledge. Note that this foundational course does not count toward your 36-credit degree.

What are the admissions requirements?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Official transcripts are required from each institution attended.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for your undergraduate degree.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Submit an up-to-date copy of your résumé or CV along with your application.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Provide two recommendation letters from a colleague or supervisor who has seen your work in action and can communicate why you are a good fit for this program.
  • Personal Statement: Provide a personal statement that explores your professional and personal accomplishments and explains why Saint Mary’s is your choice for an advanced degree in cybersecurity.

Do I need a GRE or GMAT score to apply?

You don’t need a GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score to apply to this program.

When are the next start dates?

The program launches this fall, and you can start taking online classes at the start of any semester thereafter: spring, summer, or fall.

How do I get started?

Call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor, or request more information and we’ll reach out to you. You can also Apply Now.

To learn more about Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's online Master of Science in Cybersecurity, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.