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Northcentral University | MS in Cybersecurity

Individuals interested in learning about the advanced tools and methods needed to protect information and work as a cybersecurity professional may wish to look into Northcentral University's Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. Discover more about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCY)

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the MSCY program should already have some computer and technology skills and be interested in furthering their knowledge of cybersecurity. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills would also be useful. All applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students who enroll in NCU's Master of Science in Cybersecurity program will be able to gain the skills and knowledge needed to work as a cybersecurity professional. Courses are designed to expose students to the current tools and practices used to protect an organization's data and information systems. Students can gain an understanding of current trends in cybersecurity, mobile device technologies, cyber forensics, disaster recovery, and uses of 'The Cloud'. In addition, students can learn about how databases are built, establishing certification and accreditation programs, and the importance of security during all parts of the software development process. The program concludes with a capstone course where students can practice creating a cybersecurity plan.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

30 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Courses are offered every 8 weeks, so you can find the session that works best for your schedule. Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Financial aid opportunities are unique to each student’s circumstances. Complete the form to the right to speak with an admissions representative to learn more about Northcentral University’s programs, cost, and start dates.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Cybersecurity:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • TIM 6301: Principles of Cybersecurity
  • TIM 6302: Changing Times: Trends and Topics in Cybersecurity
  • TIM 5010: Computer Networks & Mobile Computing
  • TIM 6310: Cyber Forensics
  • TIM 5020: Databases & Business Intelligence
  • TIM 6320: Contingency Planning & Disaster Recovery
  • TIM 6330: Systems Certification and Accreditation
  • TIM 5030: Managing Risk, Security, & Privacy in Information Systems
  • TIM 6340: Secure Software Development
  • TIM 6390: Strategic Management of Cybersecurity

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Northcentral University's MSCY program could choose to enter the workforce, or they may decide to enter a doctoral-level program to prepare for additional careers. A doctorate in cybersecurity or a related field could help qualify you for executive-level leadership positions or academic or research careers. Possible degree options include:

  • Ph.D. in Technology and Innovation Management - Cybersecurity
  • Ph.D. in Technology and Innovation Management - Information Systems
  • Doctor of Business Administration - Computer and Information Security
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration - Computer and Information Security

Career Paths:

After graduating from NCU's Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, students could be prepared for a variety of careers where they are responsible for securing data and managing IT threats for an organization. Some of the positions they could consider include:

  • Information technology manager
  • Computer security consultant
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Network security director
  • Cybersecurity engineer

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