Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

© Dr. Gary W., 2020 Graduate and Fatin Mohammed A., 2021 Graduate

Protect and Secure Data from Attack and Threats

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCY) focuses on the methods and technology for preventing threats and protecting critical data and systems for organizations. The Master’s in Cybersecurity program offers a general option for broad security needs and specializations in high demand areas such as finance and banking, healthcare, the public sector, and defense. The specializations grow the student’s ability to determine the appropriate technology, strategy, and architecture required to enable safe and secure operations that prevent losses due to the adoption of new technology or existing, ongoing, and new local/global threats, both foreign and domestic.

Cutting-Edge Skills for Cybersecurity Professionals

The Master’s in Cybersecurity program focuses on identifying and neutralizing threats by providing you with knowledge on the latest tools, practices, and methods used to protect critical information, sensitive assets, and privacy and to comply with ethical and legal expectations. During the program, you’ll explore best practices, standards, frameworks, and models that contribute to strengthened defenses. You’ll gain the real-world knowledge needed to work as a cybersecurity professional with the ability to communicate at all levels of an organization.

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  • NO Residency
  • NO Group Work
  • 100% Online Learning
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty

Why Northcentral University’s Online Cyber Security Degree Program?

  • Fast program—only 10 courses total: Students who already have a CISSP certificate can even skip the first class and go straight into class #2.
  • Choose from four specializations, each with a different focus that allows students to go deep in a specific field: General Cyber, Finance and Banking, Healthcare, Public Service & Defense.
  • NCU is the only U.S. school to offer Master's in Cybersecurity, Finance and Banking specialization.
  • No program prerequisites: This is primarily a master’s program for people looking to enter the cybersecurity field.

Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date:Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate an organization’s maturity in protecting its information infrastructure
  • Explain concepts and arguments associated with cybersecurity
  • Manage legal, ethical, and security risks in technology-based systems
  • Evaluate the scope and impact of emerging technologies in cybersecurity on a local and global scale
  • Formulate solutions to cybersecurity problems
  • Hands-on experience, including guidance, in a virtual lab environment

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General Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity with a specialization in General Cybersecurity at Northcentral University is a threat-prevention-focused program that trains you to not only to defend and resolve breaches, but also teaches you critical knowledge on cybersecurity policy, strategy, and governance. You’ll learn from cybersecurity experts, allowing you to specialize in high-demand areas like databases, cyber-forensics, threat assessment, secure software. implementation, and acquisition. This program teaches you the structure and rules of cybersecurity, so that you can write and strategically implement policy. The first course introduces the breadth of cybersecurity using the CISSP CBK. The course can aid your preparation for the certificate, or current CISSP holders can receive credit for their first course, reducing the program down to nine courses (27 credits).

Healthcare

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCY) with a specialization in healthcare addresses the specific needs of health and related systems and organizations. This real-world focused cybersecurity program is designed and taught by highly knowledgeable and skilled industry experts who prepare you to be an effective cybersecurity healthcare professional. In this program, you’ll be exposed to the most current tools and methods used to protect critical information and assets for a healthcare facility. You’ll also be prepared for thought leadership through understanding ethical and legal standards in healthcare and cybersecurity’s relationship to all areas of a healthcare system and its patients. You’ll focus on high-demand areas in the field and will be well-versed in handling future threats to enable defense before suffering losses, rather than learning from losses.

The program’s unique instructional focus on healthcare addresses applied elements of cybersecurity structure and rules, as well as processes behind both areas, so you not only know how to use the tools, but also comprehend the “why” behind them. The first course introduces the breadth of cybersecurity using the CISSP CBK. The course can aid your preparation for the certificate, or current CISSP holders can receive credit for the first course, reducing the program down to nine courses (27 credits).

Finance and Banking

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCY) with a specialization in Finance and Banking is a real-world focused cybersecurity program, designed and taught by highly knowledgeable and skilled industry experts. In this program, you’ll be exposed to the most current tools and methods used to protect critical information and assets for a financial organization. You’ll also be prepared for thought leadership through understanding ethical and legal standards for financial institutions, and cybersecurity’s relationship to all areas of a financial organization and its consumers. You’ll focus on high-demand areas in the field and will be well-versed in handling future threats to enable defense before suffering losses, rather than learning from losses in the finance and banking arenas. The program’s unique instructional focus addresses applied elements of cybersecurity structure and rules, as well as processes behind both areas, so you not only know how to use the tools, but also comprehend the “why” behind them. The first course introduces the breadth of cybersecurity using the CISSP CBK. The course can aid your preparation for the certificate, or current CISSP holders can receive credit for the first course, reducing the program down to nine courses (27 credits).

Public Service and Defense

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity with a specialization in Public Service and Defense at Northcentral University exposes you to the latest tools, practices, and methods used to protect critical information, sensitive assets, and privacy and to comply with ethical and legal expectations. During the program, you will learn from cybersecurity experts, allowing you to specialize in high-demand areas. This program teaches you the structure and rules of cybersecurity, so that you can write and strategically implement policy. The Public Service and Defense specialization exposes you to the laws and regulations imposed on federal government and military organizations, as well as the implications of widespread use of outsource, contractors, and cloud computing. The first course introduces the breadth of cybersecurity using the CISSP CBK. The course can aid your preparation for the certificate, or current CISSP holders can receive credit for their first course, reducing the program down to nine courses (27 credits).

Career Potential*

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Consultant
  • Cybersecurity Specialist/Technician
  • Cybersecurity Architect
  • Cybersecurity Product Manager
  • Privacy Officer
  • Information Security Officer

Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program specific requirements with an NCU advisor. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program can be completed in 30 credits.

Students who complete at least 15 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at NCU (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program requires the foundation courses to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. The program capstone will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

In some cases, specialization courses listed on the initial degree plan can be changed at the student’s request. Please contact your Academic Finance Advisor for more information.

  • TIM-6301 - Principles of Cybersecurity
  • TIM-5010 - Computer Networks & Mobile Computing
  • TIM-5030 - Managing Risk, Security, & Privacy in Information Systems
  • TIM-6320 - Contingency Planning & Incidents
  • TIM-6331 - Cloud and System Certification, and Accreditation
  • Specialization Course 1
  • Specialization Course 2
  • Specialization Course 3
  • Specialization Course 4
  • TIM-6390 - Strategic Management of Cybersecurity

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To speak with an Enrollment Advisor, call (866) 776-0331 or email admissions@ncu.edu

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Why Choose Northcentral University?

  • Classes Start Weekly: Your Master of Science in Cyber Security is flexible with NCU’s year-round enrollment and weekly class starts.
  • 1:1 Teaching Model: Our 100% doctoral faculty meet with you one-on-one, so you can focus on what matters — making a difference with your degree.
  • Online Community: To help students feel less isolated in a virtual learning environment, we created a community space called The Commons. The purpose was to create an interactive space for students to make real-time connections, meet, share ideas, and support each other through their academic journeys.

  • NO Residency
  • NO Group Work
  • 100% Online Learning
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT