Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

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Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

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The University of San Diego’s 100% online Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership (MS-CSOL) is designed for bachelor-prepared students who desire to effect positive change in mitigating cyber security threats and become leaders in their organizations. This cyber security masters degree program is designed to serve the needs of a diverse set of individuals who are currently in cyber security roles as well as those interested in pursuing a career in cyber security.

With its curriculum dedicated exclusively to critical aspects of cyber security, this cyber security masters program will deliver an immersive and unique career-building, career-enhancing educational opportunity.

USD’s Online Cyber Security Master’s Degree is Designed for:

  • Professionals with a background in Information Technology, Information Systems, and/or Computer Science.
  • Those who have technology or cyber security experience in industry.
  • Those in a wide variety of private business sectors, government, military, and law enforcement — who will find this course of study an invaluable asset for advancement in their careers.

Anyone interested in gaining a solid course of study in cyber security concepts, topics, and theories, along with leadership skills will benefit from this program.

Degree Requirements:

  • Foundations of Cyber Security (CSOL 500)
  • Applied Cryptography (CSOL 510)
  • Secure Systems Architecture (CSOL 520)
  • Cyber Security Risk Management (CSOL 530)
  • Cyber Security Operational Policy (CSOL 540)
  • Management and Cyber Security (CSOL 550)
  • Secure Software Design and Development (CSOL 560)
  • Network Visualization and Vulnerability Detection (CSOL 570)
  • Cyber Intelligence (CSOL 580)
  • Cyber Incident Response and Computer Network Forensics (CSOL 590)
  • Capstone (CSOL 599)

There is a total of 11 courses in the Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership program, with ten 3-unit courses and a 1-unit integrative capstone course.

For full course descriptions visit the curriculum page.

Why Choose the University of San Diego?

  • Top 100 nationally ranked university
  • Curriculum dedicated exclusively to critical aspects of cyber security
  • Immersive and unique career-building education
  • 100% Online: flexibility for working professionals
  • Complete the degree in 20 months

Frequently Asked Questions

Are classes scheduled to accommodate working professionals?

The fully online M.S. in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership degree program was designed specifically with the working professional in mind. Online courses can be completed on your own schedule (as long as deadlines are met). It is important to note that all of our professors are industry practitioners, meaning that they have a significant amount of experience and are often well respected leaders within the cyber security industry.

Does the degree have to be completed within 20 months?

The fully online M.S. in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership degree program is designed to be completed in 20 months. The curriculum schedule functions on a rotational system, meaning that if a student skips a course they will have to wait for the rotation to complete before jumping back in. We encourage individuals that are interested in the program  to speak with an enrollment advisor, or to work with their program coordinator, who is available to help every step of the way.

Is the cyber security master's degree offered fully online or are there some on-campus requirements?

The M.S. in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership degree program is fully online. University of San Diego offers two master’s degree programs in cyber security. The Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership is 100% online and the Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering is fully on campus.

How long does each course last?

Students take two courses each semester, with students focusing intensively on one course at a time. Each course lasts a total of seven weeks with the only exception being introductory courses, which last a total of 14 weeks.

Will my degree be conferred differently from an on-campus program?

The degree conferred is the same as that earned by campus-based students. The online courses embody the same learning outcomes and high level of academic excellence, educational rigor, and content delivery.

Does the Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership require applicants to take the GRE or GMAT?

No. The admissions committee takes a comprehensive approach when reviewing applications. A GRE or GMAT score is not necessarily a good indicator that someone is, or will be, a successful cyber security leader/professional.

Who will benefit the most from this program? Will I be a good fit for the program?

The program was designed specifically to help foster the next generation of cyber security leaders, regardless of where they may fall within the cyber security spectrum. This cyber security master’s degree program was designed specifically to serve the needs of a diverse set of individuals who are currently in cyber security roles as well as those interested in pursuing a career in cyber security.

Many of our students are existing cyber security professionals who are hoping to take the next step within their career. For those students, our degree program offers the security concepts, topics, theories and leadership skills necessary to be considered for C-level positions. For students with less experience, who may be at an earlier juncture in their cyber security professional career, or for those switching careers from more traditional IT roles, our degree program offers the education required to quickly advance into your desired career.

Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology

The University of San Diego’s Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology (CCSET) is designed to develop and coordinate opportunities for world-class education, research, and service to address threats to information systems. CCSET assists business, government, law enforcement, and private citizens to better prepare and respond to highly motivated, highly trained adversaries who are responsible for billions in lost revenue each year; catastrophic disruptions in service; terrorism and activism; a dark web of criminal activity; and constant peril to critical infrastructure.

*Tuition amounts shown here, or in other university publications or web pages, represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, University of San Diego reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at USD at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors.
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