Earn an M.S. in Cybersecurity Online and Help Protect the Digital World

Earn an MS in Cybersecurity Online and Help Protect the Digital World

As our world continues to become increasingly hyperconnected, securing the digital world is becoming more and more complex. Through cutting-edge research, curricular innovations, and multidisciplinary collaboration, the M.S. in Cybersecurity delivered online at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science prepares students to identify, prevent, and counteract cybercrime.

M.S. in Cybersecurity Learning Objectives

At Syracuse University, we believe it is insufficient for systems to be merely secure; they must also be assured. A secure system exhibits the traditional properties of confidentiality, integrity, and availability; an assured system is a secure system whose properties are verified or proven.

The online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is designed by Syracuse faculty to prepare students with the up-to-date knowledge, analytical skills, and technological expertise to develop secure, assured systems.

To ensure students will go on to succeed in high-demand positions and adapt in a rapidly evolving field, the program emphasizes the following learning objectives:

  • design of new computer and information systems that are inherently secure
  • protection of systems on web, mobile, and other information platforms
  • systems assurance through application of mathematical logic
  • analysis and detection of malware, data breaches, and other cyberattacks
  • data mining and anomaly detection to identify suspicious cyber behavior

This comprehensive curriculum focused on the future of cybersecurity prepares online M.S. in Cybersecurity students to take essential security measures to defend computer networks, critical infrastructure, and sensitive information.

Confront Today's Greatest Cyberthreats

A background in high-level programming is preferred.

Curriculum Highlights

The M.S. in Cybersecurity online program requires students to complete 30 total credits. Students take 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives, 9 of which are required technical electives. Two preparatory courses are also available to ensure that students are well-prepared for the program’s challenging academics.

Core courses in the program include:

  • Computer and Internet Security
  • Assurance Foundations
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms

Required technical electives include:

  • Machine Learning and Security
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Biometrics

On-Campus Immersions

The curriculum also incorporates in-person immersion experiences on the Syracuse University campus. These immersions give students the opportunity to build on the collaborative online experience, explore topics in-depth, and learn and network with other students and Syracuse faculty.

Explore all online M.S. in Cybersecurity courses.

Online Learning Experience

The online Master’s in Cybersecurity program uses an immersive online learning platform that ensures students gain the thorough understanding and sophisticated skill set needed to tackle tomorrow’s cybersecurity challenges.

The online program provides students with an engaging academic and community experience with features such as:

Live weekly classes that encourage discussion

Interactive coursework accessible 24/7

Small group breakouts for collaborative exercises

All online M.S. in Cybersecurity courses are led by Syracuse University faculty members, allowing students to work directly and engage in in-depth discussion with cybersecurity experts.

Career Outlook: Cybersecurity Professionals Are in High Demand

Active Job Openings in 20171

1.8 Million
Professionals Needed by 20222

Due to rapidly developing technology and digitalized data, many industries are in urgent need of cybersecurity specialists who can protect increasingly abundant and complex organizational and personal information systems against cyberattacks.

Recent studies demonstrate a growing skills gap. According to CyberSeek, an interactive data tool funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, there were an estimated 286,000 active openings for cybersecurity jobs as of November 2017 in the United States. A 2017 Center for Cyber Safety and Education report projected a shortage of 1.8 million cybersecurity workers by 2022.

Students in the M.S. in Cybersecurity program will be prepared to play critical roles ranging from security architects and engineers to analysts and consultants. By developing expertise in the online master’s program, they can help close this skills gap in industries such as education, finance, oil and gas, health care, entertainment, and national defense.

Cybersecurity Jobs and Salaries

The following shows 2017 average annual salaries for cybersecurity-related positions, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator - $81,100
  • Information Security Analyst - $95,510
  • Security Software Developer - $103,560
  • Network Security Architect - $104,650
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager - $139,220

The graph lists potential cybersecurity positions from lowest to highest annual average salary. It reads as follows: Network and Computer Systems Administrator, $81,100; Information Security Analyst, $95,510; Security Software Developer, $103,560; Network Security Architect, $104,650; Computer and Information Systems Manager, $139,220.

Gain the Advanced Technical and Analytical Skills Companies Need

Learn more today about how you can help close the skills gap with a Syracuse online master’s in cybersecurity.

Online M.S. in Cybersecurity Program Class Profile

The online master’s in cybersecurity program is composed of a diverse community of students, faculty, and alumni. Graduates of the program join the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s global alumni network of more than 20,000 engineering and computer science professionals.



Average Age

Age Range


Syracuse University’s M.S. in Cybersecurity is a top-10-ranked cybersecurity program for veteran and military-connected students, according to Military Times’ 2018 rankings.3

M.S. in Cybersecurity graduates have gained positions at companies including:

  • ADP
  • BAE Systems
  • Bank of America
  • Ernst & Young
  • IBM
  • Samsung
  • PwC
  • Yelp

Attend An Accredited, World-Class Institution for Cybersecurity Education

The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have recognized Syracuse University with the following designations:4

A Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) since 2001

A Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) since 2009

Syracuse professors in the College of Engineering and Computer Science have also received funding from the NSA to develop their cybersecurity curriculum in recognition of their development of open-source, hands-on cybersecurity learning tools.5

In addition to recognition from top national security organizations, Syracuse’s College of Engineering and Computer Science takes pride in its unique capabilities and accomplishments in the field of research. The University and College have both identified cybersecurity and assurance as primary focus areas for their research. Strengths in this area allow faculty to address security problems ranging from the system components to the user experience. College faculty members are passionate about integrating their groundbreaking research into the courses they teach.

Syracuse University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and is registered at the New York State Education Department.


The College of Engineering and Computer Science seeks students who are passionate about computer systems and determined to shape tomorrow’s technology. The online M.S. in Cybersecurity is a rigorous degree program suited for those with a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field from an accredited institution.

We recommend that applicants have a strong background in computing disciplines including basic systems knowledge, data structures, and discrete mathematics and demonstrated proficiency in programming languages, including object-oriented programming.

Application Requirements

  • the online application
  • official degree-bearing transcripts
  • a current business resume
  • two letters of recommendation
  • a 500-word personal statement
  • official GRE scores or an expected test date for students with an average GPA under 3.0

Begin your application to Syracuse’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program today.

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[1] https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/05/report-us-needs-immediate-and-sustained-improvements-its-cybersecurity
[2] https://iamcybersafe.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Europe-GISWS-Report.pdf
[3] https://rebootcamp.militarytimes.com/education-transition/education/2018/02/05/10-schools-stand-out-in-latest-military-times-ranking-of-cybersecurity-programs/
[4] https://ischool.syr.edu/articles/news/view/university-receives-dual-information-assurancecyber-defense-education-desig/
[5] http://eng-cs.syr.edu/news-events/news/nsa-taps-syracuse-university-faculty-develop-cybersecurity-curriculum/