Cybersecurity, M.S.

Offered through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies, our Master of Science in Cybersecurity curriculum will teach you to apply information security principles to analyze, detect and mitigate vulnerabilities and intrusions to your organization’s cyberinfrastructure. You will also gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of security and privacy's social, policy, ethical, and legal aspects.

Graduates with an M.S. in cybersecurity are prepared to manage and lead cyber teams and programs in roles ranging from government cybersecurity analysts to data security consultants. A unique aspect of SLU's cybersecurity program is the ability to earn a graduate certificate that complements a master’s degree, often without taking additional credits. This allows you to tailor the program to your specific interests.

Along the way, you’ll learn from a network of diverse peers from around the world, merging technology with human and organizational structures as you engage in knowledge discovery, management, and dissemination of industry-critical knowledge. 

You can also earn a graduate certificate that complements a master’s degree, often without taking additional credits, allowing you to tailor the program to your specific interests.

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 33-credit master's program offers data-driven professionals like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. With multiple start terms, you can begin the master's program in the fall or spring. All courses are offered in online and hybrid formats in eight-week terms, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals.  You will join a community of academics and practitioners from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, providing you the opportunity to learn from a network of peers.

Faculty

As a student in the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University, you’ll learn from exceptional faculty who are leading experts in their fields. They bring real-world knowledge to the classroom and are dedicated to your professional success. Learn more on our faculty page.

Careers

SLU's master’s degree in cybersecurity prepares you to manage and lead cyber teams and programs. Graduates of the cybersecurity program have the foundation necessary to succeed as network and computer systems administrators, government cybersecurity analysts, computer systems analysts, information security analysts, computer and information systems managers, and data security consultants.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1. 

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid/index.php.

  1. Graduates will be able to apply program-specific knowledge to address practical problems using an ethical, evidence-based framework.
  2. Graduates will be able to utilize argumentation skills appropriate for a given problem or context.
  3. Graduates will be able to construct and implement networks and data management systems that protect intellectual property using cybersecurity principles.
  4. Graduates will be able to apply information security principles to analyze, detect and mitigate vulnerabilities and intrusions.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application​
  • Undergraduate degree (most successful applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better)
  • Official transcript from a degree-granting institution
  • Statement of purpose (about 500 words)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • External reference recommendations (encouraged but not required)

Upon admission, a new student must successfully complete a virtual meeting with their academic coach to be enrolled in first term coursework.

Requirements for International Students

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Some examples of demonstrated English language proficiency include minimum score requirements for the following standardized tests: 
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550 
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 80 
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 54

• Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

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Program Requirements 

Graduate Core Courses
AA 5221Applied Analytics & Methods I3
ORLD 5050Ethical, Evidence-Based Decision Making3
Foundation Courses
CYBR 5000Cybersecurity Principles3
CYBR 5010Networking Concepts3
CYBR 5020Data Administration3
CYBR 5030Cyber Threats and Defense3
Electives 12
Digital Investigations
Incident Response and Mitigation
Intrusion Detection and Analysis
Cloud Security
Applied Research Project
CYBR 5961Masters Research Project I1
CYBR 5962Masters Research Project II1
CYBR 5963Cybersecurity Masters Research Project III1
Total Credits33

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Fall 1  
CYBR 5000 Cybersecurity Principles 3
CYBR 5020 Data Administration 3
Fall 2  
ORLD 5050 Ethical, Evidence-Based Decision Making 3
 Credits9
Spring
Spring 1  
AA 5221 Applied Analytics & Methods I 3
CYBR 5010 Networking Concepts 3
Spring 2  
CYBR 5030 Cyber Threats and Defense 3
 Credits9
Summer
Summer 1  
Cyber Elective #1 3
CYBR 5961 Masters Research Project I 1
Summer 2  
Cyber Elective #2 3
 Credits7
Year Two
Fall
Fall 1  
CYBR 5962 Masters Research Project II 1
Cyber Elective #3 3
Fall 2  
Cyber Elective #4 3
 Credits7
Spring
Spring 1  
CYBR 5963 Cybersecurity Masters Research Project III 1
 Credits1
 Total Credits33