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  • Course Delivery
    online
  • Minimum Credits
    36
  • Estimated Tuition
    $23,940
  • Duration
    2 Years

Program Overview

Master of Science

Stand out as your organization's dynamic cybersecurity leader when you earn your Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Through a rigorous, application-based curriculum, you'll build technical expertise and business leadership skills to tackle risk management, network security, intrusion detection, and more.

You'll be prepared to protect your organization from the daily threat of cyber attacks and quickly resolve issues when they occur. You'll gain not only technological expertise but also the ability to make complex technical challenges understandable in business terms, moving you to the top of the list of candidates for executive roles.

Program Highlights

Upon graduation, you'll be able to:

  • Use business management skills to administer information security programs in organizations
  • Provide leadership in information security planning
  • Communicate technical information clearly to all stakeholders
  • Balance business needs and information security architecture planning
  • Evaluate risk-management frameworks, methods, and strategies
  • Plan for cyber attacks on networks and computer systems
  • Protect enterprise-wide information assets
  • Feel confident in taking the CISSP and CISM certification exams after graduation

Career Impact

With a steady news stream of cyber attacks, businesses large and small understand how quickly they need to act to protect valuable digital assets, which translates to countless opportunities for those with cybersecurity skills. So much, in fact, that 40,000 new cybersecurity jobs go unfilled every year.1 

Positions you could qualify for include:

  • Computer Network Architect:
    $109,020 median annual salary2
  • Information Security Analyst:
    $98,350 median annual salary3
  • Information Security Engineer:
    $109,340 median annual salary4
  • Information Security Officer:
    $91,562 median annual salary5
  • Information Security Specialist:
    $75,347 median annual salary6
  • Information Systems Manager:
    $142,530 median annual salary7

1Kauflin, Jeff (2017, March 16). The Fast-Growing Job With A Huge Skills Gap: Cyber Security, Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/03/16/the-fast-growing-job-with-a-huge-skills-gap-cyber-security/#174302545163.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Network Architects. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-network-architects.htm.
3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm.
4Payscale, Average Senior Information Security Engineer Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Senior_Information_Security_Engineer/Salary.
5Payscale, Average Information Security Officer Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Security_Officer/Salary.
6Payscale, Average Information Security Specialist Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Information_Security_Specialist/Salary.
7Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm.

Course Information

This program provides knowledge and skills in the technology and application of cybersecurity. Students learn to apply risk management frameworks, methods, and strategies; enhance the protection of enterprise-wide information assets; and detect and plan for cyber-attacks on networks and computer systems.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary’s alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  2. Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed envelope. We don't accept transcripts that are scanned, emailed, or faxed.
  3. A written statement: Describe your personal background, training, career goals and experience. Tell us why you’re seeking admission to the program, what your personal and professional strengths are, and any other personal information you wish to share.
  4. An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.
  5. Two letters of reference
  6. Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability

International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.

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Key Dates

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Start Date
Fall Semester
08/16/2019
09/02/2019
Spring Semester
12/20/2019
01/06/2020
Summer Semester
04/17/2020
05/04/2020
Fall Semester
08/14/2020
08/31/2020

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $665 Per Credit

Fees

Graduation fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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