While increased access to technology enhances our lives, it also presents significant threats to personal information and confidential data. That increased access, along with the speed at which technology develops, has made cybersecurity one of the world's most important emerging industries. Our MS in cybersecurity program focuses on teaching you how to think strategically, ask the right questions and address cybersecurity challenges in any context. Courses in the MS in Cybersecurity provide you with comprehensive understanding and tools across the cybersecurity domain, including:

  • Protecting security information systems and infrastructure
  • Detecting, countering, recovering, and preventing cyber incidents
  • Ensuring availability and integrity of data resources
  • Assessing security risk across information systems
  • Understanding and affecting cybersecurity policy

Your learning will be reinforced with practical, hands-on projects with industry partners, giving you several opportunities to apply your skills in real-world settings. A previous background in computer science or cybersecurity is not required to apply. If you have previous coursework in computer science theory and systems, it will take you less time to complete your degree. With industry experts predicting 1.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2019, our graduates come out of school ready to enter the workforce and impact the field.

Details about the MS in Cybersecurity

  • Curriculum

    Given how quickly technology evolves, our program focuses on teaching you how to think strategically, ask the right questions and address cybersecurity challenges in any context. Courses in the MS in Cybersecurity provide you with comprehensive understanding and tools across the cybersecurity domain, including:

    • Protecting security information systems and infrastructure
    • Detecting, countering, recovering, and preventing cyber incidents
    • Ensuring availability and integrity of data resources
    • Assessing security risk across information systems

    Your learning will be reinforced with practical, hands-on projects with industry partners, giving you several opportunities to apply your skills in real-world settings. A previous background in computer science or cybersecurity is not required to apply. If you have previous coursework in computer science theory and systems, it will take you less time to complete your degree. Once admitted, you will take a placement exam to ensure you have mastery of the foundational concepts to ensure success in the program. If you do not have previous coursework in these subjects, you’ll take four bridge courses that will serve as a foundation for your cybersecurity courses. Passing the bridge courses with a 3.0 GPA is required to continue on in the program. 12 Courses (48 Credits)

    Cybersecurity Coursework Requirements - Ten Courses – 40 Credits

    • COMP 3731 Computer Forensics
    • COMP 3361 Operating Systems
    • COMP 4355 Advanced Systems Programming
    • COMP 4370 Algorithmic Problem Solving
    • COMP 4384 Secure Software Engineering
    • COMP 4621 Computer Networking
    • COMP 4721 Computer Security
    • COMP 4722 Network Security
    • COMP 4723 Ethical Hacking
    • COMP 4724 System Security Management

     

    Cybersecurity Development Coursework Requirements - 8 Credits from a combination of the following:

    • COMP 3904 Internship/Co-Op in Computing 1-8 credits
    • COMP 4995 Independent Research 1-8 credits
    • COMP 4991 Independent Study 1-8 credits
    • COMP 4799 Capstone Project* 4 credits

     

    *Capstone Project – Required

     

    Choose from a variety of electives, including: Introduction to Databases, Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms, Data Privacy, Data Mining, Network Administration, Applied Cryptography, IoT Security, and various special topics courses. Bridge (16 credits if required)

    • COMP 3001 Bridge Course I: C++ I
    • COMP 3002 Bridge Course II: C++ II
    • COMP 3003 Bridge Course III: Computer Organization
    • COMP 3004 Bridge Course IV: Discrete Math/Algorithm

     

    With an impressive mix of full-time university faculty, you’ll learn from instructors who are on the front lines of cybersecurity.

  • Career

    As concerns escalate across all sectors of the U.S. economy – corporate, nonprofit, government – about cyberattacks and cyber warfare, the cybersecurity field is booming.  Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, commanding an average salary of $116,000. Yet, a large talent gap continues to persist in the field, with a projected  1.8 million unfilled openings globally by 2022 There is no better time to consider a career to cybersecurity.  After completing your MS in Cybersecurity, you’ll be prepared for a range of rapidly growing positions, including roles in security planning and strategy, programming, and analysis with titles such as Security Analyst, Information Security Engineer, or Threat Intelligence Analyst. With projected job growth of 74% in the field, you’ll be well positioned to meet the growing demand.

  • Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition for all students in the MS in Cybersecurity degree is reduced from the full rate of tuition and is calculated on a per credit hour basis. For the 2018-2019 academic year, DU’s cost per credit hour is $1,426. Thus, the cost per credit hour for the MS in Cybersecurity is $713.

    At this rate, tuition for the full MS in Cybersecurity degree in 2019-2020 is roughly $34,224-$45,632 depending on the number of bridge classes needed as determined by the admitted student’s performance on a pre-assessment prior to enrollment.

    Federal student loans are available for domestic students. As tuition is already reduced on a per credit hour basis for all admitted students, we do not provide additional scholarships, assistantships or financial assistance.

    Credit Hours Full Tuition MS Cybersecurity Tuition Amount of Reduction
    1 $1,426 $713 $713
    4 $5,704 $2,852 $2,852
    8 $11,408 $5,704 $5,704
    12 $17,112 $8,556 $8,556
    16 $17,112 $11,408 $5,704
       

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    Heather McPherson, Alum

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