The Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity Program in the Gupta College of Business is designed to offer students a real world cybersecurity education taught by experienced industry professionals. The cybersecurity master’s program dives into the critical topics facing organizations today. The topics include data protection, legal and compliance, operational and strategic cybersecurity management, penetration testing and digital forensics.
The cybersecurity program provides students with an in-depth understanding of the complexities in protecting and defending infrastructures and networks that contain valuable information.
While focusing on maintaining confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, the MS in Cybersecurity program covers all eight domains of cybersecurity required for the CISSP exam:
The M.S. in Cybersecurity is a 30-hour program comprised of ten classes that cover a range of cybersecurity topics. For the typical working professional taking two classes per semester, the M.S. in cybersecurity program can be completed in about 1-2 years. This program is 100 percent online.
*Please note that this program is not suitable for students planning to attend on an F-1 visa.
Students who complete this degree often pursue careers in areas such as threat analysis, cyber defense, network security, penetration testing and digital forensics.
Demand for experienced and qualified cybersecurity professionals has never been higher. Large and small organizations from government agencies to private enterprises are hiring cybersecurity professionals to protect networks and information systems.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity professionals report an average salary of $116,000, nearly three times the national median income. By 2021 demand for cybersecurity professionals is expected to reach over 3 million unfilled cybersecurity positions.
Career options include professions such as:
Upon successful completion of required coursework, students receive a verified MiniMasters (digital badge) from the University of Dallas. MiniMasters offer immediate value to current employers and demonstrate mastery of in-demand skills to potential future employers. MiniMasters can be displayed with a special digital badge on LinkedIn accounts and on a personal resume or CV. Through Acclaim, your accomplishment can be verified and recognized internationally by employers and hiring managers.
CyberSpotlight: From Intern to Chief of Staff, M.S. Student Finds Passion in Cyber
Alexa Reubens, MS ’22
Alexa Reubens’, MS ’22, journey from entry-level analyst at Citrix to its cybersecurity chief of staff was a challenging one for the self-described introvert. Her joining the company as a full-fledged employee coincided with Citrix consolidating the information security teams, and Reubens became a scrum master to help manage this process. Not long after, Reubens found herself coordinating an intense cybersecurity incident response investigation.
The cybersecurity program in the University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business was selected for Best Colleges’ list of the "Top 25 Online Master's in Information Systems Security Programs for 2018." The program's recognition by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as convenient and flexible program options, helped the University of Dallas garner the No. 6 spot on this prestigious list. This ranking places the program as No. 1 in Texas and sixth among other top schools such as Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California and Stevens Institute of Technology.