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Master's in Cyber Security Online MS Degree

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Register By: November 28 Classes Start: November 30

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 and security breaches become more common, the critical need for well-educated cyber security professionals greatly increases.

Southern New Hampshire University's online Master of Science in Cyber Security program positions you for in-demand roles, allowing you to take preventive measures to keep away the threat of breach – and maintain public confidence. SNHU's affordable master's in cyber security online delivers a deep dive, giving you a competitive edge in this high-growth, well-paying industry.

"The goal is to balance the needs of the company or the organization you're working for with the need to protect the confidentiality of customer data and trade secrets," said Jon Kamyck, associate dean of cyber security at Southern New Hampshire University.

Learn how to:

  • Plan, prepare and respond to cyber threats
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop risk management plans
  • Develop information security policies
  • Create business continuity and disaster recovery plans that are distinct, but complementary, activities
  • Employ leadership strategies for ethical behavior, tech standards and emerging trends
  • Enhance collaboration and communication skills

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

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

As hackers develop sophisticated skill sets, the need exists for even more savvy cyber security professionals – in diverse settings throughout government, military and private sectors worldwide. What's more, the demand for those professionals clearly outweighs the number of well-qualified candidates to fill these critical roles.

"We're seeing a tremendous demand for cyber security practitioners across industries and organizations," said Jon Kamyck, associate dean of cyber security at Southern New Hampshire University. "As the internet has evolved into the engine driving modern society, the increased connectivity has made it far easier for cyber criminals 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 32% growth in demand for information security analysts, far above the national average, by 2028.1 The employment projections for information security analysts within computer systems design and related services are even stronger: The field is expected to grow 55% through 2028, 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 cyber security 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 Master of Science 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 5 key areas of competence:

  • Information security governance
  • Information security incidence response and business continuity
  • Information security program creation and management
  • Information security risk and compliance
  • Leadership, collaboration and communication

Other opportunities to prepare you for your career:

  • Cyber security capstone: Combine coursework and experience to design, develop and execute a project in a subject area of your choice that summarizes your learnings throughout the program.
  • Technology competitions: Gain experience by competing in national tech competitions, including the National Cyber League – where SNHU fielded the first all-female team and earned multiple Top 10 finishes – and the Teradata University Network data competition, where SNHU teams have received two honorable mentions and earned one Top 10 finish.
  • Technology conferences: Learn, network and discover with our students and alumni at major networking events like the Grace Hopper Celebration, Women in Cyber Security conference and ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.

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 
Degree/Certificates
(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.

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