Master of Science Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (CSIA)

Prepare for a successful career in one of the nation’s fastest-growing fields.


Demand for trained cybersecurity professionals is high, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting faster-than-average job growth for technology and information security occupations. Prepare for career success in the technology jobs of the future with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s master’s in cybersecurity online program.

The MS cybersecurity and information assurance degree qualifies students to enter leadership careers in network security administration, secure software development or other related areas. The program is offered and administered by FDU’s Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering.

The cybersecurity master’s online curriculum combines an advanced study of essential industry topics with opportunities for hands-on learning in state-of-the-art virtual labs and co-operative educational experience. When you graduate, you’ll be a trained cybersecurity professional and global citizen who can address information assurance issues and solve data security problems.

FDU is officially designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) institution by National Security Agency (DHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The University is also a member of the Cisco Networking Academy.

Cooperative Education Opportunity

Students in the MS cybersecurity and information assurance program are encouraged to pursue co-operative educational experience for elective credit. This opportunity allows you to gain practical work experience in the broad field of CSIA or work on a CSIA project under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

The master’s in cybersecurity online program’s co-op experience gives you real-world skills you can apply in the workplace, linking theory and practice with valuable academic and industrial training. You’ll get a competitive edge in the job market, developing networking skills and professional contacts as you experience what it’s like to work in the cybersecurity field before graduation.

Key Topics of Study Include:

  • Information security protocols
  • Firewalls and security intrusions
  • Encryption
  • Virus protection systems
  • Disaster recovery plans
  • Penetration testing
  • Secure software development
  • IT security issues

Our Master’s in Cybersecurity Online Program Prepares You To:

  • Acquire and apply knowledge of computer science, cybersecurity and information assurance theories to analyze problems, assess trade-offs and develop creative solutions, including programs, computer-based systems and processes.
  • Protect the information infrastructure, computer networks and systems, and digital data of businesses and local, state and federal agencies.
  • Work effectively in teams, communicate with diverse audiences and develop professionally.
  • Develop, implement, upgrade, maintain and monitor security systems.
  • Understand the impact of IT-related ethical, societal and global issues on individuals, organizations and communities.
  • Employ current techniques, modern tools and skills for CSIA practice.

Offered through Fairleigh Dickinson’s online learning platform, the MS cybersecurity and information assurance courses feature the flexibility to learn at your own pace while studying in an integrated format designed for adult and professional learners.

Courses and Requirements

The MS cybersecurity and information assurance online program provides a curriculum that combines theory with practical application. Students will complete a career-focused study of core technology topics and pursue electives based on their career goals.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.70
  • Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)* General Test taken within the last five years
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement

*The GRE may be waived if:

  • The applicant enrolls initially as a non-matriculating student and completes 9 graduate credits in CSIA with a minimum GCPR of 3.00 and no grade below C.
  • The applicant is a graduate of FDU’s computer science, electrical engineering, information technology or closely related programs with an undergraduate CGPR of 3.00.
  • The applicant is a graduate of such programs from other institutions with an undergraduate CGPR of 3.50.
  • The applicant has completed a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

This GRE waiver policy is only applicable to applicants who graduated from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

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Career Outcomes

Career and salary information via the Bureau of Labor Statistics.