Online Masters in Cybersecurity Overview 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. Program FeaturesTheoretical foundation in computer networking, mathematics, policy, and legal issues along with electives in specialized technical areasCourses malleable to professional goalsTechnical competence and strong business acumen taught through rigorous, targeted graduate studyCourses taught by acclaimed on-campus Drexel facultyAligns 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 professionalsRelated ProgramDon'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.State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum 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.Core Courses CST 510Ethics, Privacy and Legal Issues3.0INFO 517Principles of Cybersecurity3.0INFO 725Information Policy3.0Networking Foundation3.0CS 544Computer Networks or ECEC 631 Principles of Computer NetworkingMathematical Foundations3.0CS 521Data Structures and Algorithms I or ECES 521 Probability & Random VariablesCybersecurity Technical Electives*18.0General Electives**12.0Total Credits45.0*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.View Course Descriptions Admissions 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 consideredIf 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 CybersecurityRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo letters of recommendationResumePersonal EssayGRE scores are preferred, but not required Successful candidates will have a combined score of 300 or higher in the verbal and quantitative sectionsAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition 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. Academic Calendar 2017-2018 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2017 September 25, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 16, 2017 Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 24, 2018 Spring 2018 April 2, 2018 June 9, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 15, 2018 Summer 2018 June 25, 2018 September 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 8, 2018 Apply today for the MS in Cybersecurity Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission. Any problems? Find help or contact us.