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Cyber Security


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About the Programs

At the University of San Diego, we are preparing cybersecurity experts to enter or progress within the field. Whether you are a hands-on engineer or an operations and leadership professional, we will meet you where you are at and take you to the next level. Currently, we offer two cybersecurity master’s programs. The MS Cyber Security Operations and Leadership program is offered 100% online and the MS Cyber Security Engineering is offered either fully online or fully on-campus. We are currently enrolling for the Fall semester starting September 3, 2024.


Program Snapshot

Application Deadline
August 2

Program Length
20 Months

Total Credits

100% Online

MS Cyber Security
Operations and Leadership

Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats and Become a Leader in Your Organization with This Fully Online Program

Our online MS-CSOL program is ideal for bachelor-prepared students who are currently working in a wide range of cybersecurity roles, as well as those interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity, including:

  • Professionals with a background in information technology, information systems and/or computer science.
  • Those who have technology or cybersecurity industry experience.
  • Those in a variety of private business sectors, government, military and law enforcement.

Anyone interested in gaining a deep understanding of cybersecurity concepts, topics and theories, along with leadership skills, will benefit from this program, which is designed to be an invaluable asset for career advancement.   

The program features an innovative curriculum dedicated exclusively to critical aspects of cybersecurity.

Anyone interested in a comprehensive course of study in cybersecurity concepts, topics, and theories, along with leadership skills will benefit from this program.

An immersive career-building educational opportunity designed to be completed fully online in 20 months, this master’s degree program requires students to complete ten three-unit courses and a final Capstone project.

MS Cyber Security Engineering

Cybersecurity Engineering for Real-World Applications – Online or on Campus

This Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering (MS-CSE) provides essential knowledge and skills training for information security practitioners (public or private) who work to protect the safety and prosperity of companies, communities, and the nation.

Offered through USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the MS-CSE program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity by the federal government. This program emphasizes a mission-centric focus while engaging students in academically rigorous training on the engineering aspects of software and hardware security. It is designed for industry professionals and bachelor-prepared students who want to effect positive change by developing and deploying engineering solutions to mitigate cybersecurity threats.

This Cyber Security Engineering master’s degree program is distinguished by:

  • An integrated approach to cybersecurity education developed in collaboration with industry, military, intelligence community, and government stakeholders to deliver specific, in-demand knowledge and skillsets.
  • Dynamic, highly relevant curriculum designed by instructors with years of applied experience protecting national assets from the worst types of cyber threats.
  • Intensive, in-depth focus on the most critical issues and threats being confronted by cybersecurity professionals today.

USD MS in Cyber Security Operations and Leadersiph Alumni Testimonial – Why Choose the MS-CSOL program

USD MS in Cyber Security Engineering Alumni Testimonial – Richard Rositas

Whether you already hold a leadership position or are seeking promotion, you owe it to yourself to explore how our highly practical curriculum can prepare you for greater success. 

Program Structure

  • 20-month program
  • Courses are offered year-round
  • Earn your degree without leaving home
  • Focus on one 7-week class at a time
  • Access your classroom any time, day or night
  • Convenience and flexibility

Why Choose University of San Diego?

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