MS In Cybersecurity

Kickstart your career in 12 months. In one year, you can learn what it takes to protect companies, governments and individuals from the growing threat of cyberattacks.

Program Length: 9-12 Months (All Students Graduate in August)

2017/2018 Tuition: $31,680-$42,240 (depending on academic background)

Next Start: September 2018

Priority deadline for Fall 2018: 11/03/2017

Final submission deadline for Fall 2018: 06/01/2018

Applications will be considered after the Priority deadline provided space is available.

Students with a Computer Science background who pass the pre-assessment may have the option to begin in January 2018.

Kickstart your cybersecurity career with an MS in Cybersecurity from a US News and World Report top 100 university.  Our innovative, accelerated 9-12 month full-time program is ideal for early career professionals looking for a dynamic and lucrative career path.

Regardless of whether you come from a computer science background or you’re starting fresh, with an MS in Cybersecurity from the University of Denver you’ll have what you need to build a successful career in cybersecurity.  You will be well prepared to help fill the massive talent shortage plaguing the industry today—more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are currently unfilled.

The University of Denver is designated as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, one of only 200 universities in the country with this designation.   As a result, our cybersecurity curriculum meets important guidelines that ensure you will graduate with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to thrive in a cybersecurity career.  The CAE designation is also important to future employers, as it indicates you graduated from a top cybersecurity program.

*This accelerated program of 16 credits per quarter takes advantage of DU’s flat rate billing along with an additional 25% scholarship to represent a total discount of 50% relative to a typical Master’s Degree in Computer Science at DU.


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 rather than specific software and programs that could become obsolete.

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, you can complete your degree in just nine months. 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, and you can complete the program in 12 months. If you plan to enroll in the bridge courses, you won’t take the placement exam until after completing this coursework.

12 Courses (48 Credits)

  • COMP 3361: Operating Systems
  • COMP 3731: Computer Forensics
  • COMP 4384: Secure Software Engineering
  • COMP 4621: Computer Networking
  • COMP 4721: Computer Security
  • COMP 4722: Network Security
  • COMP 4723: Ethical Hacking
  • COMP 4799: Capstone Project in Cybersecurity
  • COMP 3904: Cybersecurity Co-op 1
  • COMP 3904: Cybersecurity Co-op 2
  • Cybersecurity Elective 1
  • Cybersecurity Elective 2

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: Computer Science Theory Basics
  • COMP 3002: Computer Science Theory Advanced
  • COMP 3003: Computer Science Systems Basic
  • COMP 3004: Computer Science Systems Advanced

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

“The current state of cybersecurity can be compared to the state of computing 60 years ago when the compilers, operating systems and hardware was very primitive and poorly understood. This is an opportune time for anyone to enter this important field which is vital for personal and national security and make a lasting and impactful contribution.” —Ramki Thurimella

“Cybersecurity is so much more than just a general know-how of computers and programming; it brings exposure to how computer systems operate and communicate at low levels.” —Rinku Dewri



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 our one-year 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.


We’re looking for analytical, creative and solution-focused individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

The admission requirements to be considered for the MS in Cybersecurity are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the recognized equivalent from an international institution)
  • Minimum quantitative GRE Score of 154
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

To apply, submit the following materials:

  • Application Form and $65 Fee
  • Transcripts
  • GRE or GMAT Score
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Professional Resume

Additional Requirements for International Applications

  • Passport

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2017/2018 Tuition: $31,680-$42,240 (depending on academic background)

Federal student loans are available for domestic students.

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