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Cyber Security

Master of Science

Protect Your Future - Fortify the Nation’s Future Prosperity.

High-profile cyber-attacks have highlighted the critical need for well-trained cybersecurity professionals in both the public and private sectors. The demand for cybersecurity professionals has never been higher—and it’s only going up.

Cybersecurity professionals are needed across various sectors, including national security, business, finance, and healthcare.

Our online Master of Science in Cyber Security will prepare you for in-demand jobs in applied intelligence and cybersecurity roles, even if you don’t have prior experience in computer science. Applicants from all majors and backgrounds are welcome.

Gain the knowledge and skills you need, such as skills in Cloud Security, Web Security, Ethical Hacking, and Penetration Testing. You will learn to evaluate the legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to cybersecurity and privacy, as well as how to effectively communicate complex cybersecurity information.

Program Overview

  • Location: Online
  • Credits: 36
  • Duration: Minimum 24 months
  • Cost: $1,026 per credit; $39,000 total (Alumni receive a special tuition rate)
  • Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Start term(s): Fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • Careers: Cybersecurity analysts, engineers, threat hunters, ethical hackers, and forensic analysts
  • Also available as a 4+1 program

Fast Facts

  • This degree program can be completed in 24 months, and 12-credit graduate certificates can be completed in as few as nine months
  • For majors interested in advancing their education beyond the bachelor’s level, Mercyhurst’s 4+1 master’s programs are excellent options

Growing Industry

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31% increase in cybersecurity jobs
expected growth through 2029
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Student Training & Education in Public Services (STEPS) ranked Mercyhurst 25th among the top 50 schools, including New York University, Johns Hopkins University, Auburn University, Boston College, and Fordham University, for its online Cyber Security master’s degree program.

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Required Courses

  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
  • Cryptography and Network Security
  • Systems and Applications Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Cloud Security
  • Web Security
  • Cyber Risk Management
  • Cyber Law and Policy

Learning Outcomes

Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace when you study Cyber Security at Mercyhurst. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze various cyber threats to individuals and organizations
  • Perform risk management for organizations
  • Recognize different risks that threaten an organization’s business and make recommendations on how to manage those threats
  • Evaluate the United States and international legal, regulatory policy, and ethical issues involved in cybersecurity

Program Offerings

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  • Certifications

    We integrate certifications from major certifying bodies, such as ISC2’s Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP); Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Certified Cloud Security Practitioner (CCSP); Security+; Network+; PenTest+; and EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH). Successful completion of the Cyber Risk Management coursework will earn students two-course waivers toward the prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation from The Institutes.

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  • Hands-on Experience

    Mercyhurst’s Cyber Security program provides students with a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience through online cyber rangers.

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We are proud to partner with EC-Council Academia, allowing our students access to a wealth of resources and certification opportunities at heavily discounted rates, emphasizing our commitment to ensuring our students are not just educated but also career-ready.

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