We are witnessing growing concern about cybersecurity in our interconnected society. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, commanding an average salary of $116,000. But, we are experiencing a large talent gap in this field of cybersecurity – in Colorado alone there are 12,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs today. At the national level there are expected to be 1.5 million unfilled openings by 2019.

At the Ritchie School our program is built to help you kickstart your career toward the growing Cybersecurity field all within a one-year format. 

The University of Denver is designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, ensuring that employers understand the strength of your preparation for the challenges in the cybersecurity landscape. 

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Total Credit Hours

The MS in Cybersecurity requires 48-64 quarter hours of graduate-level course work, including 0 – 4 foundational courses: COMP 3001, 3002, 3003, and 3004. The number of required foundation credits is dependent upon placement exam results. The total number of degree credits is 48 credits plus 4 times the number of necessary bridge courses.

Program Structure

As a part of the one-year MS in Cybersecurity program you will be fully immersed into the field of Cybersecurity. This program will be hands-on where you are working side-by-side with local industry partners on real world problems. You will also be immersed into the theoretical (non-lab) work – for the course planning framework please click here.

Industry Partners






Candidates must have a four-year undergraduate degree and a minimum score of 154 in the quantitative section of the GRE.  A degree in computer science is not required, however candidates without the prerequisite coursework will be required to pass a pre-assessment or take "bridge" courses prior to the start of the program. Sample problems to prepare for the pre-assessment can be found here.  


Tuition for 48 Credit MS in Cybersecurity for the 2016-2017 school year is $30,192 (a 50% discount). This does not include bridge courses or fees. Please click here to learn more about DU tuition and fees. We know this is a big decision so please consider all funding opportunities available to you. Several scholarship opportunities exist. If interested in learning more about what scholarships you may qualify for, please contact Meredith Corley.