Cyrbersecurity professionals preventing a hacker from gaining access to system data.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Transfer up to
15 Credits
Credit for prior coursework

Meet the Critical Need for Cybersecurity Professionals with an MS in Cybersecurity

Advance your career with a fully online Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity that prepares you to protect an organization’s cyber assets. Learn the techniques and knowledge to prevent, detect, counter, and recover from cyber incidents.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Excelsior College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The MS in Cybersecurity curriculum focuses on data communication, ethics, legal and compliance issues, operational process, ethical hacking, software security, project management, risk management, and technologies that secure and defend an organization’s cyber assets.

By the end of the program, you’ll know how to apply your knowledge of cybersecurity in the workplace, and understand the implications of legal issues related cybersecurity, whether you work for a government agency, nonprofit organization, or private sector business.

Making your graduate program experience excellent—meet this faculty program director.


General, Information Assurance

Fast Facts:

Employment of cybersecurity professionals is projected to grow 13% by 2026 (Source: BLS)

The average median salary for an information security analyst is $95,510 (Source: BLS)

Master’s degree holders earn on average $1 million more over a lifetime than those with only a bachelor's degree (Source: Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce)


credit hours

Online MS in Cybersecurity Program Details

Transfer up to 15 credits of graduate-level credit completed within the past five years.

Core Cybersecurity Course Requirements

Foundations of Cybersecurity

Gain the knowledge and tools necessary to research cybersecurity threats, identify threats, and take action to minimize, mitigate, or eliminate the threats. The course covers the concepts of continuous training within the organization and addresses the company-wide impact of cybersecurity.

Network and Communication Security

This introduction to network security fundamentals is organized into four parts. The first part covers the basics of private key and public key cryptography, including the common encryption algorithms AES, RC4, and RSA. The second part builds on cryptography to design secure protocols for confidentiality, authentication, and data integrity. The third part covers how cyber-attacks proceed from reconnaissance to exploits and intrusions, and the last part of the course focuses on intrusion prevention, detection, and response.

Project Management Principles and Application

The course covers the key components of the project management process, including effectively defining the project, identifying the scope, project life cycle, communication, planning, performing, and controlling the project.

Ethics, Legal, and Compliance Issues in Cybersecurity

Online coursework examines the ethical, legal, and regulatory compliance issues related to the practice of cyber security. The course focuses on the requirements, challenges, and dilemmas of data protection, due diligence, privacy laws, fraud and risk management, intellectual property, and ethical corporate codes of conduct. It covers key mandates and laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCA) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).

Leadership and Communication in Cybersecurity

The role of leaders in cybersecurity becomes critical to business success. The course covers global issues, with emphasis on individual’s roles within organizations and how they communicate their ideals to the teams of individuals performing cybersecurity tasks and other stakeholders who provide oversight.

Information Assurance

Gain awareness, guidance, best practices, and assessments on the principles of information systems security. Online coursework covers the foundations of information systems security as defined by industry experts and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2.

Master’s in Cybersecurity Capstone: 3 Credits

In this final course of the program, students examine computer security technologies and principles such as cryptography, authentication, access control, database and software security, human factors, and security auditing. The course also covers TI security management, risk assessment, and legal and ethical considerations.

Concentrations (Choose One): 9 Credits


Choose from 9 credits worth of approved technical electives to customize the concentration to your career goals.

Information Assurance

Designed as a specialization for an individual who desires to be hands on while combating cybersecurity threats, the information assurance concentration prepares students for roles on the front line of defense. Required courses include:

  • Software and Application Security
  • Cyber Attacks and Defense
  • Digital Forensics and Investigations

Continuously monitor, maintain, and enhance the protection of enterprise-wide information assets through effective industry accepted information management and risk management techniques.

Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of existing and proposed information systems.

Utilize the best sources of information available related to cybersecurity issues, threats, and recovery.

Demonstrate the ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibility, including the effect of culture, diversity, and interpersonal relations.

Demonstrate proficiency in communicating technical information in formal reports, documentation, and oral presentations to users and information technology professionals.

Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and to continue to engage in lifelong learning.

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Common Careers with an
Online MS in Cybersecurity

Digital IT Security and Governance

Digital Crime Investigator

Information Security Officer

Penetration Tester

Security and Compliance Manager

Senior Security Analyst

Robert Norris
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts, 2011
Master of Science in Cybersecurity, 2013

“The best aspect of the online experience that Excelsior College was the inclusion of multiple students within the collective discussion groups It is so much the paradigm of what collaboration is in the industry. We must collaborate. We must be able to collaborate or the security will fail.”

Recognitions & Accreditations

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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