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Master's in Cyber Security Online MS Degree Program

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Register By: January 28 Classes Start: January 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 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 the supply of well-qualified candidates to fill mission-critical roles.

Jonathan Kamyck with text Jonathan Kamyck"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."

Ken Girkin with the text Ken GirkinKen Girkin '17 '21G – a BS in IT Management and MS in Cyber Security graduate – has seen the demand in his own career. "This field is becoming more and more crucial every day with threats to organizations becoming more complex," he said.

Shortly after graduation, Girkin was promoted to director of IT and security for his organization.

"I feel that my degrees played a big part not only in preparing me for this new role, but also providing me with the educational requirements for the job as well," he said.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 33% growth in demand for information security analysts by 2030, far above the national average 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.

Beth Maldonado with the text Beth MaldonadoJust ask SNHU graduate Beth Maldonado '20 '21G.

"I spent many years working in a field that I did not love. Obtaining my [MS in Cyber Security] degree allowed me to get a job in cyber security," she said. "Now I can say I love my job!"

Richard Sebastian '21 had slightly different goals with his degree.

"I pursued this degree for two reasons," he said. "1. It was a lifelong goal of mine to get a master's degree. 2. I will be retiring in 4 years and my goal is to give back to the next generation of IT professionals as a teacher."

Earning his master's can open doors to a teaching career once he retires.

"I would recommend this program to anyone looking to advance their IT career," Sebastian adds. "The education you receive is top-notch, relevant, current and critical to advancing your career in the IT field."

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 courses are applicable to the real world," said graduate Beth Maldonado '20 '21G. "They are taught by instructors who work in the field that they are teaching. They bring real-world experience and scenarios to the classroom which helps students to better understand topics and remember them."

Ken Girkin '17 '21G echoes that sentiment.

"Not only did I learn a lot from the classes and instructors, but I learned from the other students as well," he said. "These classes gave me the foundation I needed to advance my career and get to where I am today."

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

Mallory Quaintance with the text Mallory QuaintanceYou'll find yourself working on assignments with a mix of theory and hands-on lab-based learning.

"I regularly found myself switching between researching or writing papers and completing lab work, typically in the same class," said Mallory Quaintance '21. "Both areas are very important and I am glad that SNHU didn't overlook the importance of understanding what it's like to be actively working on a problem, versus just simply researching and writing about it."

"Experiential learning is highly important," Quaintance adds, "so I'm glad that the program ended up being an excellent blend."

Other opportunities to prepare you for your career:

  • Cyber security capstone: Combine coursework and experience to understand, evaluate and address difficult challenges associated with leading-edge topics in cyber security.
  • 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.

What's more, SNHU's online master's in cyber security is designed with maximum flexibility, allowing you to accomplish your degree around your own schedule.

"SNHU classes are structured in a way that makes it easy for working adults and parents to fit the courses into their schedule without all the stress," said Maldonado. "I was able to complete my work from anywhere at any time."

Richard Sebastian with the text Richard SebastianRichard Sebastian '21 agrees.

"The ability to obtain any degree through online study is a life-changer!" he said. "I work shift work and weekends and holidays. Attending traditional classes in a brick-and-mortar facility just was not an option for me."

SNHU has been a leader in the online learning space for over 25 years.

"I have done online learning before at a different university," said Quaintance. "At the time, I found their online programs to be handled more like an afterthought rather than another way of learning. [At SNHU] the professors are engaged, and the work is meaningful without being overbearing or too tedious."

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.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

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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