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
- 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.
- CSCI5505 Introduction to Computer Programming
- CSCI5525 Introduction to Computer Science
- CSCI5555 Data Structures
- CSCI5565 Assembly Language
Additional prerequisite courses may be required if the students did not graduate from STEM-related baccalaureate degree programs. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students must earn a cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of at least 2.75 for prerequisite courses if required. Prerequisite courses will be determined through faculty review of students’ undergraduate transcripts of records. Students may take no more than 6 credits of regular graduate (core or elective) courses before completing all prerequisites.
- CSCI6638 Operating Systems
- CSCI6731 Computer Networks
- CSCI6738 Cybersecurity
- CSCI6740 Applied Cryptography
- CSCI6870 Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Analysis
- CSCI6806 Cybersecurity Masters Project
Students are encouraged to take three courses from one of the following two focus areas and one course from any other elective as provided below. Students can also take any four courses from the approved electives based on their interests and needs with consultation and approval from an academic adviser.
Network Security Administration Focus Area Electives
- CSCI6863 Supply Chain Security & Systems Certification
- CSCI6869 Network Security
- CSCI6873 Firewalls & Intrusion Detection Systems
Secure Software Development Focus Area Electives
- CSCI6620 Software Engineering
- CSCI6836 Computer Algorithms
- CSCI6860 Secure Software Development and Analysis
- CSCI6811 Advanced Special Projects
- CSCI8891 Internship/Work Experience
Students must earn a total of 30 credits with a grade point average of at least 2.75.
- 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.