MS In Cybersecurity

Pursue your degree full or part-time and learn what it takes to protect companies, governments and individuals from the growing threat of cyberattacks.

Overview

  • Who Should Apply: Analytically-minded individuals at any career stage. No computer science background required! 
  • Enrollment Options: Full or Part-Time
  • Location: On-Campus
  • Class Schedule: Evening Classes
  • Program Length: 9-24 months depending on academic background and full or part-time enrollment
  • Next Start: September 2019 (Fall Quarter Start Only)
  • Priority Deadline: January 15th, 2019
  • Final Application Deadline: August 15th, 2019*
    *Due to faculty schedules and availability during interterms, holidays and school breaks, applications completed after the final deadline may not be considered or receive an admissions decision in time to register for the upcoming term. Applicants are thus STRONGLY encouraged to ensure applications requirements are met prior to the August 15th deadline. This includes ensuring references have been submitted by recommenders and transcripts and test scores have been received by DU’s Office of Graduate Education. 

Kickstart your cybersecurity career with an MS in Cybersecurity from a US News and World Report top 100 university. Our on-campus program is now available for full-time or part-time degree seekers with classes offered during the evening hours. 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.

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)

  • 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

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.

Admission

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)
  • Competitive Applicants Typically Earn a 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

  • TOEFL/IELTS
  • Passport

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Tuition and 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 $1,372. Thus, the cost per credit hour for the MS in Cybersecurity is $686.

At this rate, tuition for the full MS in Cybersecurity degree in 2018-2019 is roughly $32,928-$43,904 depending on the number of bridge classes needed as determined by the admitted student’s performance on a pre-assessment prior to enrollment.

The MS in Cybersecurity is not simultaneously eligible for DU’s flat tuition rate for students taking 12-18 credit hours a quarter.

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 $1,372 $686 $686
4 $5,488 $2,744 $2,744
8 $10,976 $5,488 $5,488
12 $16,464 $8,232 $8,232
16 $15,464 $10,976 $5,488

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