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Experience the Syracuse University Difference and Protect the Digital World

The top-ranked online M.S. in Cybersecurity program from Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science prepares students to identify, prevent and counteract cybercrime through cutting-edge research, curricular innovations and multidisciplinary collaboration.1

Live, Online Classes

Live online classes with HD video bring you face to face with your classmates and faculty each week, as well as virtual immersion experiences featuring industry leaders.

World-Class Faculty

Our professors have received recognition from top national security organizations, including funding from the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop their open-source, hands-on cybersecurity curriculum.2

The No. 1 Cybersecurity Program for Military

Syracuse University’s M.S. in Cybersecurity is the No. 1 cybersecurity program for veteran and military-connected students, according to Military Times’ rankings.3 In addition, Syracuse University is ranked the No. 1 Private School for Veterans by Military Times.4 Learn more about our support for military students.

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A Curriculum Focused on the Future of Cybersecurity

Our cybersecurity curriculum prepares you to succeed in high-demand positions and empowers you to adapt in a rapidly evolving field. Core cybersecurity courses focus on topics such as operating systems and algorithm analysis to provide you with a solid foundation in cybersecurity while elective topics cover machine learning and biometrics to expand your understanding of the changing landscape.

The curriculum consists of 30 credits, including 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives, nine of which are required technical electives.

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Students can complete the
degree in as few as 15 months.

We offer four cohort start dates a year so you can start the program at the time that works best for you.

Course Spotlight: Machine Learning

This elective course provides an in-depth introduction to machine learning theory and methods. You will develop the skills you need to apply machine learning strategies in security contexts as well as explore topics including neural network approaches, data mining, fraud detection, pattern recognition and other contemporary applications.

"I have taken many different online classes, and Syracuse University’s format is the best experience so far. Syracuse University’s class sizes are small, and you interact with your professors and classmates each week. It really is as close to a brick-and-mortar experience as you can get."

Jonathan Ennis

Class of '18

Admissions Information

The College of Engineering and Computer Science seeks graduate students who have a passion to shape tomorrow’s technology and are prepared for the rigor of earning their cybersecurity master’s degree. The online M.S. in Cybersecurity program is best suited for applicants that have prior demonstrated academic and/or work experience within the following prerequisite requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field from an accredited institution, with an average GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrated core competencies in basic systems knowledge, data structures, discrete mathematics, and high-level programming (C and C++) are recommended.

Syracuse University offers four start dates annually in January, April, July and October.

Upcoming Deadlines

Upcoming Deadlines
Classes Start Application Deadline
July 2021 May 13, 2021
October 2021 Aug. 12, 2021

GRE currently is not required.

Additional preparatory courses may be required for certain students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

There are a variety of resources available to you when exploring financial aid, including employer assistance, scholarships and student loan programs.

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Master’s in Cybersecurity FAQ

What Is a Cybersecurity Degree?

A cybersecurity degree prepares students to identify, prevent and defend against cyberattacks that target networks, private data or corporations. Students gain expertise in topics such as computer security, network security, operating systems and data management.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Cybersecurity Degree?

The time it takes to earn a cybersecurity degree depends on the pace of the program and whether it is an undergraduate or graduate degree. At Syracuse University, the online M.S. in Cybersecurity program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

How Hard Is It to Earn a Cybersecurity Degree?

Cybersecurity degree programs typically require some level of prior knowledge in discrete mathematics and computer programming.

What Can You Do With a Cybersecurity Degree?

Cybersecurity professionals can work in a variety of industries such as education, finance, oil and gas, health care, entertainment and national defense. Common job titles include information security analyst, IT security engineer, network administrator, system administrator and IT security consultant to name a few.

What Is the Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in demand for information security analysts is projected to climb by 31 percent through 2029.5

What Is the Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals in New York?

With more than 23,000 cybersecurity job openings in New York as of February 2021, the demand for cybersecurity professionals is high.6

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