New Cybersecurity Master’s Program

Written by Ed Welch

The Anderson University Center for Cybersecurity has introduced a fully online master’s degree program to better prepare professionals to meet mounting challenges in the field of cybersecurity.

Technology is advancing at a breakneck pace, and simultaneously, threats to online safety on our computers and devices are increasing. As society becomes more dependent on a safe and reliable digital infrastructure, there is a growing demand for well-educated cybersecurity leaders who can help organizations navigate these challenges. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the information/cybersecurity field is expected to grow by 33 percent in this decade, making it one of the fastest-growing job markets.

The Anderson University Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is designed to provide students with advanced education in the field of cybersecurity. This degree program, which will be offered starting this fall, offers a holistic perspective on the discipline, covering both technical and risk management aspects of cybersecurity.

Key features of the program include small class sizes and access to a modern cyber range. This specialized graduate program places a strong emphasis on advanced cyber concepts and hands-on learning experiences, enabling students to excel in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. The program consists of 30-credit hours, with most courses organized into 7-week formats, while a few may require 14 weeks for completion.

The curriculum covers critical topics appropriate for graduate studies to include cybersecurity architecture, data security, cloud security, security governance, leadership, strategy, offensive/defensive cyber operations, critical infrastructure protection, security audits, and cyber law. Moreover, each graduate class covers material that prepares students for professional certifications.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is open to students who have completed a four-year degree in computer technology (e.g., computer science, information systems, cybersecurity, information technology). Students without a computer-related undergraduate degree are also welcome but must first take a prerequisite course, Cybersecurity Technology, to prepare for the program.