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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Fully-Online Professional Science Master’s Degree

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity: A Professional Science Master’s degree is a fully-online program that uniquely combines technical courses and MBA-level business courses with real-world experience to ensure you’re prepared to advance your career in the cybersecurity industry.

You can complete CSUSM’s program part-time in five semesters with convenient online classes. You’ll be learning from expert faculty and have the opportunity to work in the “sandbox” where you can practice real cyber defense in a secure network.

What You'll Learn

  • Quickly adapt to changes and solve problems
  • Conduct risk analyses for implementing information security solutions
  • Assess and implement security decisions
  • Analyze and select security architectures and network protocols in relation to security
  • Develop secure software
  • Evaluate and choose encryption algorithms
  • Perform offensive security (i.e. ethical hacking)
  • Perform vulnerability assessment of networks, operating systems and software
  • Perform intrusion detection

Need a Refresher?

We offer an online Technology Preparation course designed to prepare you for this master's degree program. This course is interactive and engaging, and will give you insight to the program curriculum and teaching style.

Interested in only taking select Cyber courses? Complete our Cyber A La Carte form and a faculty member will reach out to you soon.

Program Details

  • Fully-online program
  • 38 units and can be completed part-time in 5 semesters
  • A semester-long "culminating experience" will include on-site experience within the cybersecurity industry
  • Cohort structure guarantees classes are available as needed
  • Hands-on exercises
  • No prior knowledge of cybersecurity required
  • Cohorts begin every Fall semester

State Authorizations

California State University San Marcos is only approved to offer online programs to students in specific states.  Please view the current list of authorized states before applying.

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