Master of Science in Cybersecurity

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MS Cybersecurity

Become a leader in mitigating cyber risk.

With online threats mounting and the stakes of cybersecurity rising, the demand has never been higher for leaders who can design, direct, and manage the implementation of secure systems. This master of science in cybersecurity (MSCYB) program equips students with the knowledge and technical competencies they need to think like — and outsmart — hackers looking to exploit vulnerabilities. Students can choose between a management or technical concentration to align with their career goals, and those who complete the 12-credit cybersecurity certificate can apply it directly toward this master’s in cybersecurity program.

Earn a cybersecurity master’s degree online to become an in-demand cybersecurity professional organizations need to protect their sensitive data.

Completion: 12 - 24 months

Schedule: Full-time | Part-time

Start Dates: Fall (September) | Spring (January) | Summer (May)

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Gain hands-on experience monitoring, mitigating, and preventing online threats in Fairfield’s fully remote Cybersecurity Lab.

MSCYB Curriculum

Practical training for an in-demand field.

Develop the knowledge and technical expertise you need to step into the workforce. In this program, you’ll take part in real-life simulations through Fairfield’s fully remote Cybersecurity Lab and participate in a capstone that will challenge you to address cyber threats businesses are preparing to face. This master’s in cybersecurity program will also introduce you to a number of industry-recognized certifications.

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For candidates with an MS, cybersecurity jobs are both lucrative and numerous. Potential career settings for those with a master’s in cybersecurity:

  • Cybersecurity companies
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Banking and financial institutions

Courses (30 total credits)

  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Network Security
  • Applications and Data Security
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Two (2) courses in one of the following concentration areas:
  • Two (2) elective courses
  • Capstone Professional Project I
  • Capstone Professional Project II

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Build your resume as you go.

Earn a cybersecurity certificate while completing your MS in cybersecurity — without repeating any courses — to stand out to employers before graduating.

Become an expert in a growing field.
Earn your cybersecurity master’s degree online.


Simulation training to prepare for a successful technology career.

In this master’s in cybersecurity program, you’ll gain hands-on experience by investigating and remediating threats through Fairfield’s fully remote Cybersecurity Lab. Students also complete a professional capstone that addresses real-world security issues. Experiences such as these can help you stand out when looking for a career, like an information security analyst, a role where the median annual salary in May 2021 was $102,600, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 35 percent form 2021 to 2031, much fast than the average for all occupations. 

Flexible options that fit your goals.

When pursuing your online cybersecurity master’s degree, you can tailor your experience by choosing a management or technical concentration and working with a cybersecurity expert to identify an area of focus for your capstone. Students can also pursue one or more industry certifications to help them further their careers.

Learn about the School of Engineering and Computing Cybersecurity Center

Webinar: Phishing, Smishing and Ransomware Prevention

With new and more sophisticated threats evolving at an unprecedented rate, businesses are becoming more vulnerable to cyber attacks than ever before. In this live webinar recording, Fairfield University's School of Engineering and a panel of cybersecurity experts discuss the most effective ways to identify and protect against phishing, smishing, and ransomware scams.

"The MS in Cybersecurity is taught by professionals in the field so students can engage in solutions to real life cybercriminal attacks. With supportive faculty teaching the latest technological trends, we learn hands-on fraud and threat prevention strategies in the classroom that can be applied immediately in the workplace."

Connor Gayle
Current MS Cybersecurity Student

Faculty & Academic Approach

Learn from industry experts.

The faculty in Fairfield’s master’s in cybersecurity program have decades of experience in the field. Their work has included leading corporate information security teams, engineering web-based and native applications, and investigating international technology information crimes. Benefit from their insights and guidance as you work toward your MS in cybersecurity.

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Mirco Speretta

Mirco Speretta

Dr. Mirco Speretta's early research focused on the creation of user profiles that improve search results. He spent 10 years as a director of technical engineering, acting as a security incident manager for mobile websites and applications.

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Admissions & Aid

Experience a seamless path to your MS in cybersecurity.

Because the GRE isn’t required and entrance options exist for students from an array of backgrounds, the journey to your on-campus or online master’s in cybersecurity at Fairfield University is streamlined. There are also personal and academic support services, and faculty take pride in developing one-on-one relationships with students. See what we have to offer.

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Admission requirements

The master’s in cybersecurity program at Fairfield University is open to students with bachelor’s degrees (with a preferred GPA of 3.0 or above). Two bridge classes may be necessary for students who obtained a bachelor’s degree in a discipline outside of computing.

Please note that Fairfield University cannot supply F-1 Visa I-20 documentation for international students enrolling in online or low-residency programs, like the MS in Cybersecurity.

  • A completed online application.
  • A non-refundable $65 application fee paid by credit card. (Application fee is waived for current Fairfield students and for anyone who attends an information session.)
  • A professional resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online).
  • A personal statement. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in cybersecurity (submit online).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended demonstrating a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.
  • Two recommendation letters one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor, accompanied by the University online recommendation forms (completed online).

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