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  • 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.

    Program Features

    • 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

    Related Program

    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.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    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  
    INFO 517 Principles of Cybersecurity 3.0
    INFO 679 Information Ethics 3.0
    INFO 725 Information Policy 3.0
    Networking Foundation 3.0
    CS 544
    Computer Networks  
    or ECEC 631
    Principles of Computer Networking
    Mathematical Foundations 3.0
    CS 521
    Data Structures and Algorithms I  
    or ECES 521
    Probability & Random Variables
    Cybersecurity Technical Electives * 18.0
    General Electives ** 12.0
    Total Credits 45.0


    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.

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    • 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

    Required Documents

    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
    • Resume
    • 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 AlumniMilitary 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


    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

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