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Cyber Security Operations and Leadership for Real-World Applications

Learn to effect positive change in mitigating cyber threats with a Master’s Degree in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership from the University of San Diego. USD’s immersive, online program is designed for bachelor-prepared students who want to take a leadership role in mitigating and eliminating cyber threats to businesses, law enforcement agencies, or government/military agencies.

Whether you are currently working in a cybersecurity role, or are preparing yourself to enter the field, this unique online degree program will teach you cyber security concepts and skills in the areas of technology, law, policy, compliance, governance, intelligence, incident response, and management. In just 20 months, you’ll develop the expertise you need to assess cyber risks, design mitigation strategies, and build and manage a world-class cybersecurity team.

Program Snapshot

Application Deadline
December 1, 2023

Program Length
20 Months

Total Credits

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Who is the CSOL Degree for?

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.   

“When I started the Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership graduate program, I was working full time while my wife was expecting our first child. The program turned out to be the perfect fit for my situation. The faculty and students provided me with a roadmap to enter a high demanding industry. The skills and knowledge I gained from the courses gave me the confidence I needed to enter the industry with minimal prior experience. Entering with a retail background, my goal was to become an Information Security Analyst by the end of the program. I accomplished that goal by accepting a role as an Information Security Analyst for a healthcare technology company in Irvine, CA. This program and the university played a large part in that accomplishment. I have recommended this program to many friends and one of them will be starting in Fall 2020. I will always be grateful for everything I gained by being associated with the Torero family.”

– Adrian Villegas, Program Alumni

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?

Top-ranked University

Earn a degree you’ll be proud of from a top private university founded in 1949.

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Students are leaders from organizations across the country.

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Students praise our stellar faculty and the cutting-edge relevance of our coursework.