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Online Accelerated Master of Science in Cybersecurity Program and Certificates

Be the Solution to Cyber Attacks.

“Employers aren’t looking simply for recruits who can maintain firewalls and mitigate risk. They want well-rounded professionals who can apply their security expertise across the business in order to yield bottom-line results.” – Todd Thibodeaux, “5 Soft Skills Young Cybersecurity Professionals Need to Get Ahead”

Without both technology expertise and business leadership skills, it’s tough to excel in cybersecurity. Saint Mary’s University can help you build on your existing knowledge and cultivate crucial skills to direct small, medium, and large organizations in preventing cyber-attacks.

This expertly designed degree gives you a broad understanding of this complex field, including risk management, operational policy and network security. You will develop business leadership skills to promote your initiatives to non-cyber leaders, manage specialists, and operate ethically.

You’ll graduate with a powerful set of skills to prevent cyber-attacks and protect your employer’s most important assets from this growing threat. The additional online graduate certificates in Cybersecurity Management and Cybersecurity Technology will give you the opportunity to specialize your informational security and leadership skills that much further. The certificates can also be applied towards the MS in Computer Science program as well.

“To succeed, you need to understand the big picture of the business and the business goals, and be able to make recommendations on how your area of expertise can help achieve those goals.”

—Don Heier, Program Director

Fast Facts

  • Format: 100% online
  • Time to complete: 2 years
  • Total courses & credits: 12 courses, 36 credit hours
  • Certification-ready: In-depth coursework covers CISSP + CISM preparation
  • Common jobs: Information Security Analyst, Security Engineer, Chief Information Security Officer, Security Architect, Information Security Crime Investigator, Cyber Forensic Expert
  • Total estimated cost: $25,560 (just $710 per credit)
  • Two Cybersecurity Certificate Options Available: Cybersecurity Management Certificate and Cybersecurity Technology Certificate
  • GRE or GMAT scores not required.

What to Expect

  • Work alongside practice-based faculty in a curriculum that was designed by real-world professionals, including hiring managers, security executives and government officials, to build leaders and meet the needs of this field.
  • Go in-depth on issues faced by modern companies with application-based coursework that prepares you for top-paying leadership positions.
  • Develop crucial skills in communication, negotiation, and applied ethics to land top-level jobs and power your career forward.
  • Prepare to sit for CISSP and CISM certifications and earn a respected master's degree that sets you apart in this growing field.
  • Experience the value and convenience of a 100% online curriculum that costs only $25,560 (just $710 per credit).
  • Benefit from credentials of Saint Mary's, a Lasallian Catholic University with more than 100 years of history as an educational institution.

Top-Level Careers

In 2017, cybersecurity spending grew 7 percent to $86.4 billion1, and by 2020, there are expected to be 2 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs2. This quickly growing field can't find the skilled professionals it needs to meet its ever-evolving demands.

Through our expertly crafted cybersecurity curriculum, you'll cultivate leadership skills that will give you a competitive advantage toward management- and executive-level positions. Build on your expertise and emerge ready to lead in this growing field.

With a master's in cybersecurity, you'll be ready for top-paying jobs like these:

Computer Network Architect $109,0203
Information Security Analyst $98,3504
Information Security Engineer $109,3405
Information Security Officer $91,5626
Information Security Specialist $75,3477
Information Systems Manager $142,5308


To learn more, contact an Enrollment Counselor at 877-308-9954 or use the Request More Information form on this page.

1Ackerman, Bob (2018, February 9). The Road for Cybersecurity in 2018. Retrieved from
2Morgan, Steve (2017). Cybersecurity Jobs Report, 2017 Edition, A Special Report from the Editors at Cybersecurity Ventures. Retrieved from
3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Network Architects. Retrieved from
4Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts. Retrieved from

5Payscale, Average Senior Information Security Engineer Salary. Retrieved from
6Payscale, Average Information Security Officer Salary. Retrieved from
7Payscale, Average Information Security Specialist Salary. Retrieved from
8Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers. Retrieved from

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