Online Masters in Cybersecurity
As cybersecurity concerns grow for private firms and government organizations, demand for versatile cybersecurity professionals across industries has grown exponentially. The online Master’s in Cybersecurity allows graduates with deeply technical training to understand, adapt, and develop new techniques to confront emerging threats in cybersecurity.
The program was designed by the University’s renowned College of Engineering and College of Computing and Informatics for students with backgrounds in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, and other closely-related technical fields. Drexel University is a designated National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence.
What is Cybersecurity?
Unlike general information assurance, cybersecurity specifically deals with protecting online data and systems. The United States Department of Defense puts a heavy focus on cybersecurity, pushing for increased education as the role of cybersecurity in the military grows. However, experts are in-demand in the private sector as well, with companies like General Dynamics, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Dell listed as top employers for cybersecurity professionals.
What is the job outlook for Cybersecurity?
The job outlook for cybersecurity specialists is strong, with an expected job growth of 18% between 2014 and 2024; that’s roughly three to five times the national average job growth in other fields. Applicants for these positons typically hold a bachelor’s degree, and the median salary is about $90,000 a year. Though cybersecurity specialists can hold a number of diverse positions, some common careers include security analyst, network security engineer, information security manager and security administrator.
- Theoretical foundation in computer networking, mathematics, policy, and legal issues along with electives in specialized technical areas
- Courses malleable to professional goals
- Technical competence and strong business acumen taught through rigorous, targeted graduate study
- Courses taught by acclaimed on-campus Drexel faculty
- Aligns with multiple industries including private, government, non-profit, education, finance, security, healthcare, insurance, and military
- Drexel's highly interactive online learning environment engages and challenges students while remaining convenient for working professionals
Don't have a technical background in cybersecurity? The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science offers a foundation in information technology that prepares you for the Master’s in Cybersecurity.
This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.
|INFO 517||Principles of Cybersecurity||3.0|
|INFO 679||Information Ethics||3.0|
|INFO 725||Information Policy||3.0|
or ECEC 631
|Principles of Computer Networking|
|Data Structures and Algorithms I|
or ECES 521
|Probability & Random Variables|
|Cybersecurity Technical Electives *||18.0|
|General Electives **||12.0|
Cybersecurity technical electives are used to build a deep understanding of one or more areas of technical expertise within the field of cybersecurity. All students are required to take a minimum of 18.0 credits of cybersecurity technical electives from the graduate course offerings of the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Computing and Security Technology, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
General electives are the remaining courses needed to reach the minimum credit hour requirement for the degree program. General electives can be chosen from among the graduate course offerings of the College of Computing & Informatics; the Department of Computer Science; the Department of Computing and Security Technology; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Mathematics. In order to have courses outside of these departments and schools count towards degree completion, they must be approved by the departmental graduate advisors prior to registration for said courses.
- A bachelor's degree in an engineering field or computer science, from a regionally-accredited domestic college or university, or the equivalent educational credential from outside the United States
- Degrees in other closely related fields are also considered
- If you don't have a bachelor’s degree in one of these areas, you may be eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science, which prepares you for the Master’s in Cybersecurity
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal Essay
- GRE scores are preferred, but not required
- Successful candidates will have a combined score of 300 or higher in the verbal and quantitative sections
- Additional requirements for International Students
The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1228 per credit.
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
2017-2018 Academic Year
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