Online Master's in Cybersecurity

Online Master's in Cybersecurity

Master's in Cybersecurity Program Overview
If you want job security look to cybersecurity

Cybersecurity plays an essential role in protecting our world and the global economy. Right now, employers in every industry are looking to hire highly skilled, ethical cybersecurity professionals who can ensure the safety of their data, money and property.

St. Bonaventure University’s online Master's of Science in Cybersecurity is designed to develop the critical skills you’ll need to build a career at the forefront of business and technology. During the program, you’ll work with active cybersecurity professionals and engage in hands-on learning opportunities that use cloud-based labs to safely immerse you in real cybersecurity challenges. You’ll achieve advanced proficiency in machine learning, secure software design, networking, data mining, cryptography, cybersecurity forensics, penetration testing and more.

Develop Real-World Cybersecurity Skills

Through our relationship with the WNY Cybersecurity Research Center and the Security Operations Center located at SBU, the online M.S. in Cybersecurity program is able to bring active business and research professionals into the learning environment. It’s an immersive and one-of-a-kind connection that allows you to experience global cybersecurity practice as it happens – in real time, while preparing you for the realities of cybersecurity like no other online program can.

Fast Facts
  • Prepare for Certification: SBU is a partner with the EC-Council and CISCO Academy
  • Get More for Your Money: #5 Best Value Schools – U.S. News and World Report, Top 300 Best College Values – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Choose Quality: Named as one of The Princeton Review’s Best 382 Colleges
  • Enjoy Flexibility: 100% online, no GMAT requirement and six start dates per year
Masters in Cybersecurity Curriculum

Below is a sample list of courses you will be required to complete for the online Master's of Science in Cybersecurity. To view a full list, please download a program brochure.


Masters in Cybersecurity Careers and Outcomes

Every day, there are new stories of data breaches - those stories add up to an individual’s identity is being stolen every three seconds. The need for cybersecurity specialists is significant and growing quickly.

  • Cybersecurity positions are expected to triple in number in the next five years – Cybersecurity Ventures
  • There could be a global shortage of 2 million qualified cybersecurity professionals by 2019 – Forbes
  • The average industry salary is around $116,000 according to a survey by Semper Secure – CNBC
  • $14 billion: The amount the U.S. government spent in 2016 on cybersecurity – CS Monitor
Cyber 501: Foundations of Cybersecurity, Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing

The goal of the course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of cybersecurity and an in-depth understanding of penetration testing and ethical hacking. This course will include intelligence gathering, assessment of software vulnerabilities and weaknesses, cross-platform penetration testing, learning ethical hacking requirements, and data protection.

Cyber 504: Cybersecurity Forensics

This course will give an in-depth look into the world of cyber-crime and digital evidence. Throughout this course, students will use industry tools to perform forensic analysis of crimes to learn about how to prevent, detect and respond to cyber-crime, cyber-terrorism and cyber-predators. This course aims to both inform students about the types of crimes that exist and teach them ways to catch those responsible.

Cyber 509: Machine Learning with Applications in Cybersecurity

This course will enhance students’ knowledge of the fundamentals of machine learning and how these technologies can be applied to cybersecurity. Different types of machine learning will be explored in the realms of cyber-crime and cyber-crime prevention.

Cyber 510: Risk Management and System Hardening & Protection

This course will teach students skills required to perform cyber risk management for organizations as well as how to prevent systems from being breached to begin with. There are risks that accompany all systems, and this course will give students the tools to identify possible risks and show them how to manage breaches once they occur.