Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Program Format
Online|Boston Residency Requirement|
Curriculum
Application Deadlines
Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Credits Required for Graduation
32

Overview

Cyberattacks against companies and governments are creating unprecedented risks and a tremendous need for trained information assurance professionals. In fact, according to labor market analytics firm Burning Glass, cybersecurity positions rose 73 percent in between 2007 and 2012—3.5 times faster than postings for computer jobs as a whole. As a result of mounting risks, knowledge, and experience requirements, and demand exceeding available talent, information assurance specialists command premium salaries. For example, the median pay for an information assurance analyst—ranked #17 in CNN/Money’s “Best Jobs in America”—is $95,700.

Northeastern has been designated by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense in IA Research and cyberoperations.

The interdisciplinary MS in Cybersecurity combines computer systems and network security training with knowledge from the social sciences, law, criminology, and management, giving you skills that are in high demand.

Program Objectives

  • Build core knowledge surrounding computer-system security and network practices, as well as relevant knowledge from the social sciences, law, criminology, and management
  • Make strategic decisions about security issues and present recommendations to management
  • Plan and implement security strategies to reduce risk and protect information assets and systems
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues associated with information security, privacy, and digital rights


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