Earn Your Professional Science Masters Degree in Cyber Security

The Professional Science Masters is a University issued degree that is geared towards working professionals who have already completed a four-year undergraduate degree. This online program allows students to complete their degree within an approved course track in a specific area. The PSM, while equivalent to a full Masters degree, does not require a capstone project, such as a thesis. The individual courses in the PSM do require students to complete graduate-level research projects. The final course in the program has students complete an internship, which may be covered by their existing employment, saving time and effort.

Program Features

  • Continue your professional education while working full-time.
  • Completely Online degree built to work around your schedule.
  • Video lectures streamed on-demand; Cloud based hands-on labs.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 36 credits which consists of nine 4-credit courses. Included in this is an Internship that will provide a capstone experience with a partner organization.

Students are required to take four core courses, and choose five more courses from the remaining courses.

*Curriculum updated May 2017 Previous Requirements


Background Material

  • Fundamentals for Cyber Security is a self-paced program for enrolled students in basic technology concepts, available for students coming from less technical backgrounds. This material is provided the summer before the program begins.

Core Courses

Forensics & Incident Response Focus

Network Security Focus

Cost of Program

For students completing the professional science masters program the courses cost $655 per credit for all in-state and out-of-state students. Using the fixed rate, the cost for all of our 4 credit courses is $2,620. These costs are subject to change each semester.

Time to Degree

The Professional Science Masters Degree program can be completed at different paces to accommodate your schedule. Visit our schedules page for more information about available program schedules.

Not Quite Ready?

Beginning a full masters degree can seem like a daunting task. You can ease into the program by beginning with one of our graduate certificates and upgrading to a full masters later.

Courses taken as part of a certificate program can be applied towards a Professional Science Masters Degree in Cyber Security, a Masters Degree in Computer Science, and/or a PhD in Computer Science.


Registration is OPEN for programs starting in September. The deadline for applications is July 1st.

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