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Master's in Cyber Security Online MS Degree Program

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Register By: January 01 Classes Start: January 03

Earn your Master's In Cyber Security

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Complete in as few as 15 months
  • Labs provide hands-on cyber experience
  • Participate in cyber competitions
  • IT management concentration available

Master's in Cyber Security Program Overview

As high-profile cyber attacks become more common, the critical need for well-educated security professionals continues to grow. Companies of all sizes are investing heavily in cybersecurity expertise and technologies.

Southern New Hampshire University's online Master of Science (MS) in Cyber Security program positions you for in-demand cyber security jobs. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop effective security controls, understand cyber threats and reduce the negative impacts of data breaches. SNHU's affordable, online master's in cyber security combines theory with authentic practice, giving you a competitive edge in this high-growth, well-paying industry.

"The goal is to balance the needs of the organization you're working for with the costs of protecting the confidentiality of customer data, trade secrets or other types of valuable information," said Jon Kamyck, associate dean of cyber security at Southern New Hampshire University.

Learn how to:

  • Understand, evaluate and respond to cyber threats
  • Defend against common cyber attacks
  • Develop risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery plans
  • Draft information security policies informed by relevant laws and regulations
  • Employ leadership strategies for ethical behavior and organizational effectiveness
  • Recognize the influences of industry standards and emerging trends on the cyber security profession
  • Enhance collaboration and communication skills

Choose the general track or specialize your degree with a concentration in IT management.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

Organizations are in an intellectual and technological “arms race” with cyber adversaries. As malicious hackers, criminal organizations and nation-states become more sophisticated, cyber security professionals are sought after to work in diverse settings throughout government, industry, and military sectors worldwide. The demand for cyber professionals continues to exceed supply of well-qualified candidates to fill mission-critical roles.

"We're seeing a tremendous demand for cyber security practitioners across all industries" said Jon Kamyck, associate dean of cyber security at Southern New Hampshire University. "As the internet has evolved to become the backbone of modern society, the increased connectivity has made it far easier to attack vulnerable organizations at an unprecedented, global scale. Today’s learners will quickly become tomorrow’s front-line cyber defenders."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 31% growth in demand for information security analysts, far above the national average, by 2029.1 The employment projections for information security analysts within computer systems design and related services are even stronger: The field is expected to grow 56% through 2029, thanks to more organizations adopting cloud services and the threats that can come along with those advancements.1

What does that mean in terms of job numbers? From October 2018 to September 2019, almost 1 million people were employed in cyber security-related jobs.2 Even so, during that same time period, there were more than 500,000 online job listings for cyber security positions, highlighting the talent gap in the industry's workforce.2

SNHU's online master's in cyber security can offer you a solid return on your MS degree investment by qualifying you for such roles as cyber security manager or administrator, information security analyst and other sought-after positions within the cybersecurity industry.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Cyber Security Degree

Cyber Security Center of Excellence

Through our Cyber Security Center of Excellence, SNHU proudly supports cyber security students across the globe. To learn more about our contributions to the field, and connect with our academic leaders, visit our Cyber Security Center of Excellence page.

Courses & Curriculum

The 36-credit MS in Cyber Security program is designed for students who want to meet the challenges posed by security threats, learn to protect the confidentiality, availability and integrity of data, and develop risk management and mitigation strategies.

The master's in cyber security online degree program focuses on 4 key areas of competence:

  • Information security governance and management
  • Information security incident detection and response
  • Information security risk and compliance assessment
  • Leadership, collaboration and communication

Other opportunities to prepare you for your career:

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.