The Master of Science in Cybersecurity: A Professional Science Master’s degree is a fully online program that uniquely combines technical courses, MBA-level business courses and real-world experience. Prepare for advancement in the cyber industry by gaining more experience in security management, risk analysis, network protocols, incident response, encryption algorithms, ethical hacking, intrusion detection and much more.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated CSUSM as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
CSUSM also offers certificates of advanced study in Cybersecurity Technologies and Cybersecurity Management, Risk and Governance. The courses in these certificates can be applied toward this Master of Cybersecurity program.
Please note: To be considered for admission you must reside in an approved state.
The review committee looks for courses in:
Please view the Work Experience Questions for Applicants to see if your work experience will satisfy some or all of the required prerequisites.
Fall Semester 1
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|Fall Semester 2||9||
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*Unit rate for this program is $825
**University semester fees not included. View complete breakdown of Extended Learning fees. Semester tuition subtotals based on sample program sequence. All quoted tuition rates are based on previous academic years and are subject to change without notice.
View course descriptions and specific program requirements on the Cybersecurity Catalog Page.
Please note: This program has a set schedule of courses that you are expected to follow as part of your cohort.
Fall Semester 1
MCS 500 (2) - Intro to Cybersecurity
MCS 511 (3) - Secure Features in Operating Systems
MIS 522 (2) - Information Systems and Security Management
MGMT 521 (2) - Organizational Behavior and Leadership for Security Management
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MCS 510 (3) - Security in Computer Networks
MIS 622 (3) - Technology Assessment and Security Risk Management
MATH 503 (3) - Cryptography
|Summer Semester 1||MIS 621 (3) - Information Security Governance|
|Fall Semester 2||
MCS 512 (4) - Development of Secure Software
MCS 610 (4) - Offensive Security and Penetration Testing
MCS 680A (1) - Semester in Residence Project Writing Workshop
|Spring Semester 2||
MCS 611 (4) - Intrusion Detection and Incident Response
MCS 680B (4) - Internship/Semester in Residence/Project
Schedule is subject to change.
A cohort is a group of students who work through a curriculum together to achieve the same academic degree. Because they are accepted into the same program, take their classes together and graduate together, students in cohorts tend to form a strong support system and professional network that benefit them during their degree program and beyond.
The Semester-In-Residence (SIR) program helps you put your coursework in action by working with a cybersecurity business to address a real-world issue, project or problem. The SIR functions as a capstone experience in lieu of a master’s thesis.
The personal statement helps determine if work experience and prerequisites satisfy program requirements. Based on your experience, you may be able to waive, or need to take, Cyber Preparation Modules.
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CSUSM was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security
No GRE is required to apply for this fully online program that can be completed part time in five semesters
Gain hands-on experience and practice real cyber defense within a secure network with opportunities to work in the sandbox
Program culminates with a Semester-in-Residence project where you work with a cyber company to address a real-world issue, project or problem
“There is no sitting in a hole and hoping no one will attack you. As they say in the industry, it’s not a matter of ‘if,’ it’s a matter of ‘when.’ We need many more smart people in the mix, we need fresh ideas and we need across-the-board collaboration.”
“If your goal is to become an information security officer, you need to be able to understand the business side of the house and to be able to communicate with the C-suite about security. You need to know what is important to them and how to frame the conversations with that in mind. The ability to convey technical concepts with nontechnical language is an asset in this field.”