Who Enrolls in the Cybersecurity Engineering Master’s Degree Program?
Our Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering program is ideal for bachelor-prepared students who are currently working in a wide range of cybersecurity roles or aspiring to work as a security engineer.
It is especially ideal for those with an engineering background who wish to effect positive change by developing and deploying engineering solutions to safeguard systems and networks, and mitigate cybersecurity threats.
Anyone interested in gaining a deep understanding of cybersecurity engineering concepts, theories and threat mitigation strategies will benefit from this program, which is designed to be an invaluable asset for career advancement.
Applicants come from varying backgrounds and fields including:
- Traditional educational paths
- Technology industries
- The military
- The intelligence community
- Government organizations
- Private industry
- Private and public safety agencies
USD STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
The global epidemic of cybercrime has triggered a worldwide effort to beef up cybersecurity at organizations across all industries. The cybersecurity job market is booming, with employers paying top dollar for cybersecurity professionals who possess the needed skills, experience and education.
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Admissions (Earn Your Degree in 20 Months)
Getting Started with Your Cybersecurity Engineering Master’s Degree Application
Students are admitted throughout the year for admission into one of three semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall). Each semester two courses are offered, with students focusing intensively on one course at a time – a total of seven weeks for each course.
Admission application packets are accepted on a rolling basis. For details on specific requirements needed for admission, please visit our Admissions page.
If you are interested but do not meet all of the published admissions requirements, please contact an enrollment advisor.
Or, if you are ready to apply, we make it easy to start your application process.
Degree candidates are admitted throughout the year to begin their program during one of three semesters (spring, summer and fall). Students take two courses during each 14-week semester, focusing on one 7-week course at a time. Most of our master’s degree programs can be completed in 5 semesters (20 months).
Where Our Graduates Work
Core program goals for the University of San Diego’s online Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering include:
- Preparing individuals to develop cutting-edge innovations, create the next generation of cyber tools and solutions and become thought leaders in the cybersecurity engineering domain. Graduates will be equipped to become change agents, providing overall subject matter expertise as well as specific engineering and technology solutions to an organization’s unique set of risks and potential vulnerabilities.
- Developing an engineering knowledge and skill base focused on mitigation of advanced persistent threats. Students will learn to build and maintain trusted systems essential to guarding against the types of headline-grabbing electronic security breaches that have caused extensive disruption and financial damage, immeasurable loss of intellectual property and tremendous harm to personal privacy.
- Connecting students with a network of local, regional and national cybersecurity stakeholders as part of the University of San Diego’s commitment to educational and professional development. MS-CSE program leaders are focused not only on keeping the innovative curriculum immediately relevant, but also on assisting with the placement of graduates.
- Advancing the science and practice of cybersecurity engineering and education for the benefit of public and private-sector organizations, communities and the nation. Our cybersecurity engineering graduates are groomed to contribute real-world, applied solutions in the fight against cyber threats and attacks.
The University of San Diego’s high-quality academic programs are regionally accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools.
All of the instructors in the Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering program are experienced instructor practitioners who hold advanced degrees in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology and Information Assurance/Cybersecurity.
Funding Your Graduate Degree
Your graduate degree is an investment in your future that pays for itself. Tuition is competitive with other top institutions and federal financial aid can help you fund your degree program.
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