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 or on campus to become an in-demand cybersecurity professional organizations need to protect their sensitive data.

Completion: 12 - 24 months

Schedule: Full-Time | Part-Time

Next Starts: Fall (September) 2021 | Spring (January) 2022 | Summer (May) 2022

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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:
    Management
    Technical
  • Two (2) elective courses
  • Capstone Professional Project I
  • Capstone Professional Project II

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

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Highlights

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 2020 was $103,590, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Flexible options that fit your goals.

Whether you complete your cybersecurity master’s degree online or on campus, 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.

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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.

  • 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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