Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity program delivered online. The program offers students the opportunity to learn the foundations for design and development of assured, secure computer systems in order to predict, prevent, and respond to cyberattacks.
The M.S. in Cybersecurity provides the necessary foundations for the design and development of systems that are assured to be secure, focusing on two aspects of computing systems:
- Design of secure systems that exhibit confidentiality, integrity and availability through authentication, reference monitoring, and sound design and implementation
- Design of assured systems—secure systems whose properties are verified or proven
For students admitted into the program who do not have prior work experience in areas such as programming, discrete math and data structures, operating systems, and computer architecture, Syracuse University offers two preparatory classes designed to prepare students for the computational rigor of the online M.S. in Cybersecurity.
The program also features immersion events that allow students to meet and collaborate with their peers, learn from guest speakers who are industry experts, and participate in collaborative, hands-on workshops.
|Total Credits||30 credit hours|
|Full-Time vs. Part-Time||Both|
|Time to Complete||Students typically complete the program in 15 months.|
|GRE Required?||Yes, although qualified applicants may be eligible for a GRE waiver.|
|Immersion(s)||Students must attend at least one immersion event.|
Syracuse University’s online M.S. in Cybersecurity is housed in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, a vibrant community of leaders with a reputation for responsiveness in meeting regional, national, and global needs.
Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) since 2001 and as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) since 2009.
Through cutting-edge research, curricular innovations, and multidisciplinary collaboration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science is addressing challenges such as protecting our cyber systems, regenerating human tissues, providing clean water supplies, pursuing energy-efficient solutions, and securing data within wireless systems.
Designed and taught by Syracuse faculty, the M.S. in Cybersecurity curriculum is built on theory, fundamentals, and application. Graduates are sought after for their ability to translate what they have learned in the classroom to real-world needs. Students in the M.S. in Cybersecurity program develop the expertise to design and develop secure, assured systems.
The curriculum focuses on five major objectives:
- Design of new systems that are inherently secure
- Protection of systems such as web, mobile, and critical infrastructures
- Systems assurance through application of mathematical logic
- Analysis and detection of malware and other cyberattacks
- Data mining and anomaly detection to identify suspicious cyber behavior
The online format of the program combines live weekly classes, multimedia coursework, and collaborative group learning exercises. The innovative learning technology platform helps students cultivate lifelong professional relationships and personally interact with a worldwide community of students and alumni—all while having the flexibility to continue working full time.
Courses are led by professors who bring a wealth of experience from the field directly to the classroom, helping students learn skills that are immediately applicable to their day-to-day work environments.
Undergraduate Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field from an accredited institution, with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Core competencies in basic systems knowledge, data structures, discrete mathematics and high-level programming are recommended.
Test Scores: Official GRE scores or an expected test date is required for all applicants with an undergraduate GPA under 3.0. Applicants may be eligible for a GRE waiver if they satisfy any of the following:
- Four or more years of prior professional full-time work experience in a technical or related field
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater, with a quantitative or technical relevant degree, from an accredited U.S. institution
- Graduated in good standing from a relevant Syracuse University undergraduate degree program
- A previous master’s degree
Other Requirements: Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, a 500-word personal statement, and a current business resume or CV.
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