MS in Cybersecurity at the University of Denver

Master strategic thinking, problem-solving, and tackling cybersecurity challenges in any context. Gain a comprehensive skill set covering risk assessment, incident prevention, and protecting information systems against cyberthreats in our Master’s in Cybersecurity program.

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Program Overview

Flexibly designed to advance your career goals

The University of Denver is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE). As a graduate of a CAE institution, employers will trust that you have received a high-quality education and are prepared for the job.

Our program is accepting applicants from a wide range of backgrounds for the Fall 2024 quarter (classes begin in September). Classes meet on-campus in the evenings, giving you flexibility to balance coursework with your ongoing professional and personal commitments.

  • Complete your degree in 18-24 months.
  • 12 course requirements (48 credit hours).
  • In-person program with small class sizes, providing a cohort experience.
  • Flexible enrollment: full or part-time options.
  • Evening classes taught by full-time faculty members and industry experts.
  • Engaging capstone projects - no thesis requirement.

No GRE requirement to apply. A computer science background is a plus, but not required.

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Accelerate Your Cybersecurity Career

Apply by May 15, 2024 to meet our priority admissions deadline, and we accept applications until our August 15, 2024 final submission deadline.

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Curriculum Details

We teach technical underpinnings that build a strong foundation

Your coursework will be reinforced with practical, hands-on projects with industry partners, giving you several opportunities to apply your skills in real-world settings. Our MS in Cybersecurity program provides you with tools and knowledge that are applicable to virtually any industry, 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  

Our degree requires 12 courses (48 credits) that can be completed in under two years. Upon admission, you will take a pre-assessment exam to demonstrate your mastery of foundational concepts to ensure success in the program. If you do not have previous coursework in these subjects, our 3 foundational courses will serve as a basis prior to the 12 coursework requirements. More information on degree plans and full course descriptions are available on the University of Denver's Graduate Bulletin.

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Career Opportunities

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    Meet the Demand

    Projected growth rate of 35% in cybersecurity jobs from 2021-2031.

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    Competitive Salary Prospects

    Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, commanding an average annual salary of $119,860.

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    Unlock Your Versatility

    You will be prepared for a range of rapidly growing positions, including roles in security planning and strategy, programming, and analysis with titles like Security Analyst, Information Security Engineer, or Threat Intelligence Analyst.

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    Career Support

    We offer extensive services to help support and accelerate your career, including coaching, job search support, interview training, and networking opportunities.


Tuition is heavily discounted from regular graduate tuition at the University of Denver. Therefore, we do not provide additional departmental scholarships. Federal student loans are available for all domestic students. More information on financial aid, including private loans for international students can be found on DU's financial aid website.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, tuition is $806 per credit. 

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Application Information

Our application materials require transcripts from every college or university you have attended, 2 letters of recommendation (3 preferred), a personal statement of at least 300 words, and a resume (or C.V.). View additional standards for international applicants and non-native English speakers

Elevate your cybersecurity career and start your application today. Additional admissions criteria and application materials requirements are available in the following steps:

Fall 2024 Priority Deadline (Domestic Students)

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Kevin Alt

Graduate Admissions Manager, Cybersecurity, Systems Engineering

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