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Masters Degree in Cyber Security

Choose between an on ground or online program:

  • Traditional Program: The on-ground program operates on a cohort system, in which a new cohort is admitted every Fall semester. The entire program is designed to be completed in two years (six consecutive semesters).
  • Online Program: Students can take two of the four courses offered in a term, based on the pre-requisites completed. The course sequence accommodates students entering the online program in different terms.

Why earn your Masters Degree in Cyber Security at Saint Leo?

Earning your masters degree in cyber security at Saint Leo University will help set you apart from the competition. As the complexity of enterprise systems and critical IT infrastructure continues to grow, there is emerging demand for highly skilled information-security specialists and sophisticated practitioners in cyber security well versed in the science of protecting vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack. These information security professionals require proficiency in a variety of current and emerging technologies — computer and network security, digital forensics, cryptography, web security, biometrics, compliance & legal issues, software security, mobile security, and cloud computing security.

This program satisfies the dual needs of preparing graduates to (1) fill the need for information security and assurance professionals to work in a wide variety of capacities to protect the information systems of different types of organizations, and to support the nation’s information infrastructure and (2) conducting advanced research and in information security and assurance. Students develop core competencies in operating systems and networks. They focus on the technical aspects of information security, examining ways to provide secure information processing systems by utilizing operating systems security; distributed secure system architectures; database security; software applications security; security policies; applications security; network and distributed systems security; cryptography; and security protocols.

Flexibility for the working professional

The MS Cyber Security is a blended program that combines traditional, in-person classes—offered on alternating weekends—with a variety of delivery formats, including online options and video conferencing.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on how a master's program can fit into your life.

The program will be taught both on ground and online to graduate students seeking an advanced degree in cyber security. The on ground program will operate on a cohort basis with students being admitted during the Fall semester. Students enrolled in the online program will be admitted any semester during the year.

The curriculum for the Masters Degree in Cyber Security is aligned with the core curriculum for graduate information assurance degrees set forth by the National Security Agency (NSA). The curriculum is also designed to align with the knowledge units covered in many industry recognized professional certifications in information security, such as Security+, CISSP, SSCP, CSSLP, and CISM.

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What can you do with a degree in Cyber Security?

The MS Cyber security degree prepares its graduates for career-track jobs in the emerging cybersecurity, information assurance/security fields. Students will be educated in the technical aspects of cyber security systems, and will be prepared to assume responsibility for the management, operation and oversight of these systems. Graduates will be actively recruited by federal, state and local governments, private sector and academia.

  • Cryptographer
  • Chief Infosec Officer
  • Security Architect
  • Security Auditor (or Forensic Expert)
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Software Developer

Professional development opportunities.

Professional development opportunities include:

Research: Students conduct advanced research in information security and assurance. 

Co-curricular activities: All students may join the Computing Club, the Cyber Defense Club, and the Computer Security Club.

Memberships: Outstanding students may be selected for induction into Saint Leo's chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for distinguished scholars in the computing and information systems disciplines. Further information on Saint Leo clubs and associations can be found here

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