Earn your online master’s in cyber from the nation’s #1 intel school.

The near-universal business concerns about IT security breaches and digital threats to networks and intellectual property have created unprecedented demand for skilled cyber professionals, with nearly 300,000 cyber job openings across the United States. Mercyhurst’s online master’s programs in Cyber Risk Management Cyber Security to equip you with the sought-after skills to manipulate and analyze data, protect computer networks and monetize cyber risk to enter these in-demand fields.

Two Leading Programs

Cyber Risk Management integrates traditional elements of risk management with cutting-edge science in big data and cyber security, providing you with the skills to assess and mitigate cyber risks and protect intellectual property. Coursework highlights the technical, legal and business aspects of cyber risk management.

Cyber Security prepares you to analyze cyber threats to computer systems, networks and networked devices, and protect those systems from cyber attacks. You’ll also learn to evaluate the legal, regulatory and ethical issues related to cyber security and privacy, and effectively communicate complex cyber security information.

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A Curriculum for Working Professionals

The Cyber Security and Cyber Risk Management curricula are designed with working professionals in mind. You’ll never take more than one class at a time, and you’ll earn your master’s in two years. Our program does not require GRE/GMAT.

As a student in one of these programs, you’ll take courses such as:

CIS 565 Systems & Application Security

Coursework introduces the security aspects of systems, covering the concepts of access control, authentication, secure communication and audit, virtualization, software security and more.

RMGT 550 Enterprise Risk Management

Learn to identify and assess a firm’s risks and opportunities, and analyze how companies can use Enterprise Risk Management systematically to advance business objectives.

CIS 564 Cyber Law & Policy

Explore the national and international legal issues concerning cyber space, including crimes, rights and liabilities, fraud, information privacy and digital rights.

Professionals in High Demand 

There’s never been a better time to pursue the specialized skill sets of a Cyber Security or Cyber Risk Management professional. Demand for cyber professionals is skyrocketing while supply is low. A master’s from Mercyhurst will help you close the talent gap.

  • shows 285,000+ job openings in cyber security
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 36% growth in IT job security by 2024
  • Markets and Markets forecasts a $232 billion cyber security market by 2022

The Mercyhurst Intelligence Advantage

As the nation’s leader in intelligence education at the university level, Mercyhurst has the learning resources, experienced professionals and industry connections to prepare you to defend valuable digital assets in a cyber career.

Mercyhurst’s Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences has thousands of alumni around the world, working in every U.S. intelligence agency and dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

“We understand the importance of staying on the cutting edge of the rapidly changing intelligence, cyber and data fields, and our programs are constantly evolving to keep up with new and emerging information security threats.”—Duncan McGill, Ph.D., Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies & Applied Sciences

Opportunities for Veterans

Mercyhurst strives to go beyond "veteran friendly" toward providing a truly supportive and engaging experience for all our veterans, service members, and dependents. Given the nature of the coursework and the relevant interests and experiential backgrounds, military veterans are often excellent candidates for this program. Mercyhurst is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as being named Pennsylvania's second Purple Heart Universities and obtaining recognition as a Military Friendly School. Our Office of Veterans Services is ready to work with you to connect you with our strong support network and range of services available to veterans and dependents. 

Convenient Online Delivery

The online Applied Intelligence curriculum is designed with working professionals in mind. Students can enroll on a full-time or part-time basis, with the opportunity to enroll at the start of the Fall or Spring semesters. Program applications are accepted up to the week before the program’s start date. Online learning at Mercyhurst offers:

Guided Learning

Courses are carefully planned to build sequentially on previous concepts, ensuring you make progress and stay on track to master the program material.

Classroom Engagement

Your online experience includes opportunities to interact with classmates and professors in real time through applied projects, review sessions and presentations.

Student Resources

You’ll be a full Mercyhurst student, with the same access to the university’s amenities, library system, writing center, career services, health center, etc., as an on-campus student.

Close-knit Community

Get to know professors and peers through collaborative work and research. New students are admitted to the program each term.

The Ridge Advantage

Mercyhurst University pioneered the field of intelligence studies in the mid-1990s and is home to the largest and oldest academic intelligence enterprise in the United States. Founded in 1996, the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences has earned a reputation throughout the world for the quality and cutting-edge skills of its graduates. Mercyhurst intel alumni work in all 17 federal intelligence agencies and dozens of Fortune 500 companies, working to assist corporate and government leaders and decision-makers around the globe.

As new threats and technologies have emerged, Mercyhurst has invested heavily in both data science and cyber security, developing new online master’s programs in Cyber Risk Management and Cyber Security. Drawing on the diverse learning resources and experienced faculty of the Ridge College, these programs harness our national security bona fides to offer unparalleled instruction in some of today’s most dynamic fields.

“The construction of new cyber training facilities ensure Mercyhurst remains the vanguard of the field.”—Tom Ridge

Cyber Lab Intensive

All cyber master’s students will have the opportunity to experience an on-campus intensive in Mercyhurst’s state-of-the-art cyber lab and networks operation center. A joint venture with national cyber firm MCPc, this facility provides opportunities for experience working to meet the cyber needs of actual businesses and organizations.

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