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Prepare to Become a Leader in Cybersecurity

Fairfield University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCYB) is an interdisciplinary program that equips students not only with the required techniques for detection, investigation, and analysis of existing cyber threats, but also the real-world comprehensive knowledge to manage, design, and implement secure systems to protect data assets — in any public or private domain — against the risk of cyber attacks and exposures. MSCYB candidates will learn to think like a potential attacker, use that rationale to devise a penetration method in order to determine the exposure, and then apply preventative methodologies to remediate the exposure.

Professionals with advanced cybersecurity degrees are in high demand for managerial and leadership positions in this rapidly advancing sector. An MSCYB degree from Fairfield University prepares graduates to make a meaningful and vitally important impact on the cybersecurity field by equipping them with the most current technical skills and business acumen needed to adapt to evolving real-world situations. To align with the growing need for cybersecurity expertise in industry and government, Fairfield’s MS in cybersecurity candidates have the option to choose either a management or technical concentration.

Available in both fully online and hybrid modalities, the MS in Cybersecurity program is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Admission to the program is open to information technology professionals and students from any background — business, engineering, sciences, law, etc., — who have completed a bachelor’s degree. Two bridge courses may be necessary to remedy gaps in knowledge and experience. Both online and hybrid program enrollees will have full access to the latest technology in our Cybersecurity Lab.

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#3
University in Northern Region

– *In U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2020

Top 75
Engineering School in the Nation

– *In U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ranking of master’s degree-granting institutions

$99,834

*National avg. yearly salary for cybersecurity engineer in U.S., per glassdoor.com 6/2020

Why Pursue an MS in Cybersecurity at Fairfield University?

Fairfield University’s MS in Cybersecurity program was created in response to the large and rapidly growing demand for cybersecurity experts, both nationally and internationally. Based out of our new state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab, the program is designed to give students a hands-on learning experience using real-world applications, to promote the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to adapt as information and computer technologies continue to advance. A lucrative job market awaits graduates who are skilled in the most current and relevant industry practices.

Course Offerings

Sample Part-Time Program of Study

Fall Semester
Credits
Introduction to Information Security 3
Network Security 3
Total 6
Spring Semester
Credits
Ethical Hacking 3
Concentration Course 3
Total 6
Summer Session
Credits
Elective 3
Total 3
Fall Semester
Credits
Capstone I 3
Concentration Course 3
Total 6
Spring Semester
Credits
Applications & Data Security 3
Capstone II 3
Total 6
Summer Session
Credits
Elective 3
Total 3
Total Credits 30

Sample Full-Time Program of Study

(Three to Four Courses per semester, to be completed in 12 to 16 months)

Fall Semester
Credits
Introduction to Information Security 3
Network Security 3
Concentration Course 3
Capstone I 3
Total 12
Spring Semester
Credits
Ethical Hacking 3
Applications & Data Security 3
Concentration Course 3
Capstone II 3
Total 12
Summer Session
Credits
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 6
Total Credits 30
Fall Semester I
Credits
Introduction to Information Security 3
Network Security 3
Concentration Course 3
Total 9
Spring Semester
Credits
Ethical Hacking 3
Applications & Data Security 3
Capstone I 3
Total 9
Summer Session
Credits
Elective 3
Total 3
Fall Semester II
Credits
Concentration Course 3
Elective 3
Capstone II 3
Total 9
Total Credits 30

Admission

The MS in Cybersecurity program is designed for students and professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent). A quality point average of 3.0 or better is preferred.

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Career & Professional Opportunities

Career opportunities for skilled cybersecurity professionals can be found in commerce, audit, government, for-profit and non-for-profit organizations, and the services or manufacturing sectors. Examples of employment opportunities for MSCYB graduates include:

  • Security Manager
  • Information Security Professional
  • Cybersecurity Professional
  • Cybersecurity consultant
  • Technology risk professional
  • Cybersecurity Architect
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Manager/Director
  • Cybersecurity Researcher
  • Application Security Professional
  • Security Pen Tester
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Cybersecurity Governance Officer
  • Business Information Security Officer
  • Data Protection / Privacy Officer
  • Technology Risk & Controls Analyst

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Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants should have a BS degree. If the bachelor's degree is not in computing, it may be necessary to take two bridge courses.

Full-time candidates can complete the program in as quickly as one year.
Part-time candidates can complete the program in as quickly as two years.
The program is also designed to be self-paced. Regardless of full- or part-time status, all degree work must be completed within 5 years from the date a student first enrolls in our graduate program.

GRE's are not required for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. Admissions are based on a combined evaluation of interview, transcripts, essay, and references.

We may consider graduate credits from other accredited graduate programs. If approved, up to 6 credits will be considered.

Yes, please review the application requirements for international students.

See tuition and fees for Fairfield University graduate programs.

Yes, and information is available on our Financial Aid and Graduate Assistantship page.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For information, please contact Adrian Rusu, PhD, professor and chair of Computer Science and Software Engineering, at rusu@fairfield.edu or 203-254-4000 ext. 2736.

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