Master of Science in Cybersecurity


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The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCY) program provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities of national and international concerns in cybersecurity defense and attack. The program aligns with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Body of Knowledge for NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operation (OP) and Cyber Defense (CD) with technical and non-technical cores. The program also offers the opportunity to understand the role of government and industry in securing and protecting assets.

Courses focus on cybersecurity innovations, people, processes, and infrastructures to protect and secure organizations. Students graduate with the leadership and technical skills required to influence the way cybersecurity is implemented and consumed in organizations. 

Program Overview

In the MS Cybersecurity (MSCY) program, you will study a core of basic cybersecurity standards and practices, which include courses such as Cybersecurity Overview, System Security, Human and Organization Security, Ethical Legal and societal Security, Network and wireless Security, Data Privacy and Security, Software Security, and Component Integration Security.

In addition to taking these core courses, you can specialize in Cyber Defense or Cyber Operations.

Students complete an additional six credits from advanced courses in either Computer Science (Cloud Computing), Data Science (Data Mining), IT Management, or an opportunity to select an internship option. Every student completes a Capstone before graduation.

Center for Cybersecurity Innovation

CityU is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The Center’s mission is to conduct programs, courses, research, and consulting in Cybersecurity. 

Learning Outcomes

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity will prepare students to:

Integrate a foundational knowledge of all areas of advanced cybersecurity (General Cybersecurity Knowledge).

Apply fundamental principles and practices of advanced cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Principles and Practices)

Apply critical and ethical thinking to solve problems in advanced cybersecurity (Critical and Ethical Thinking).

Evaluate data to inform decisions and solve problems in advanced cybersecurity (Quantitative Literacy).

Create the ability to develop and express ideas while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles (Communication).

Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal (Collaboration).

Admissions Requirement

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required to enroll in this program.

The School of Technology and Computing encourages students with non-technical bachelor’s degrees to pursue the MSCY. Preparatory courses for the degree include:

Breadth-First Preparatory Courses (6 Credits)

CS 11A Technology and Computing Components I
CS 11B Technology and Computing Components II

Depth-First Preparatory Courses (20 Credits)

CS 132 Computer Science I 
CS 330 Network Communications
CS 340 Operating Systems
IS 360 Database Technologies


Total Required Credits: 39 Credits 

Pre-Entry Requirement (0 Credits)  

CS 500 STC MS Orientation to Master’s Programs

Core Requirements (24 Credits)

CY 500 Cybersecurity Overview
CY 505 Systems Security
CY 510 Human and Organization Security
CY 520 Ethical, Legal, and Societal Security
CY 525 Network and Wireless Security
CY 545 Data Privacy and Security
CY 609 Software Security
CY 628 Components Integration Security

Depth of Study (6 Credits)

Cyber Defense 
CY 605 Cybersecurity Auditing  
CY 640 Software Reverse Engineering 

Elective(6 Credits)

Students may select two elective courses from any other disciplines within the School of Technology & Computing or complete the internship after taking three CS 650 seminar courses for their internship preparation if necessary for their skill advancement.

CS 685 Cybersecurity Internship (Repeatable)

Capstone (3 Credits)

CY 665 Cybersecurity Capstone

Career Opportunities

Program Manager

Morgan Zantua

Cybersecurity is a growing profession. Globally the demand for cyber talent will exceed 1,000,000 by 2022Within the United States, updates the demand for cybersecurity openings.  

MSCY prepares graduates to fill positions in multiple disciplines using the socio-technical and management skills honed throughout the degree.  


Morgan Zantua

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Updated: 8/31/2023