Master of Science
pursue a career path that offers much-needed security
30 Credit, 12-Month Program
In an increasingly technological world, cyber threats continue to increase, affecting business, lives and livelihoods. Every year, companies spend thousands, even millions, of dollars on cybersecurity. Our Master of Science in Cybersecurity will help you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in a variety of roles within the ever-growing cybersecurity field.
TU’s cybersecurity program provides graduate-level education and skills to a field that is suffering from a significant shortage of qualified personnel. Our program’s curriculum is based on the following four pillars: Risk/Threat, Legal/Policy, Cyber Technical Skills and Mitigation/Response. This well-rounded, criminal justice/security studies focus distinguishes our cybersecurity from others, which are computer science based.
Courses within the graduate program in cybersecurity are cutting edge. We have the ability to quickly transition our program to keep pace with industry demands. One of the hallmarks of our program is the senior seminar, where students participate in a variety of hands-on activities that require network penetration and defense skills, as well as forensic analysis. The existence of Tiffin University’s lab in the Center for Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics allows students a place to not only explore new technologies, but to hone cybersecurity skills.
Our program is interdisciplinary. We recognize the need for individuals who have deep analytical skills, but who can also speak to clients and organizational leaders without confusing them with technical jargon. We also emphasize a holistic security perspective, and do not solely focus on the technical aspects of security.
Professional CYBERSECURITY Training
- The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated one of Tiffin University’s Cybersecurity degree programs as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. As of 2021, Tiffin University is one of only five schools in Ohio with this designation and only one of two private schools in the state.
- There is a significant shortage of cybersecurity professionals destined to only increase due to a rapidly growing profession.
- Our program is designed to reflect the cybersecurity industry’s needs.
- The program is designed to improve your knowledge on cybersecurity and to help you to switch to the field from other domains as well.
- The program addresses both technical, managerial and legal/policy aspects of cybersecurity with the aim to form well-rounded graduates.
- Our online program is customizable to fit your schedule.
Preparing You for the Real World
In the cybersecurity graduate program, you‘ll study with faculty who bring vast industry experience. Our instructors bring years of both technical and managerial experience, having worked in the development and testing of security systems and technologies. Their sharing of real-world experience will greatly enhance your learning, as these experienced practitioners bring real-life examples of cybersecurity concepts and technologies to classroom discussions.
In the program, you’ll not only gain technical skills, but you’ll also learn to analyze threats in an information-centric environment to prepare you to help organizations develop and implement information defense plans. In addition, you’ll not only be technically competent, but you’ll be able to explain complex concepts to organizational stakeholders who do not have a technical background.
Our curriculum gives you the knowledge you need to earn major industry certifications, such as Security+, Network+, Access Data Mobile Examiner, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker and others. You’ll carry away from the program current, relevant field knowledge regarding:
- Fundamental cybersecurity concepts
- Cyber investigations and incident management
- Threat intelligence and analysis
- Current threats and vulnerabilities in networks
- Responding to security incidents and achieving business continuity
- Laws and regulations on information security and privacy
- Global cyber operations
- Executive cyber leadership
Active, Experiential Learning
Experiential learning is an important part of our program, because what will be required in the workforce is typically applying the security concepts in your specific field. Topics, examples and assignments are chosen to reflect current security issues and trends. For example, in our Introduction to Cybersecurity course, you’ll engage in assignments on the use of security tools like passphrase generators, encryption software and more.
an active leader in cyber defense
In 2017, Tiffin University hosted the 8th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium, hosting 225 attendees to discuss the threats and challenges to maritime cybersecurity and the marine transportation system. The attendees of the symposium represented 29 different educational institutions, five foreign nations, the United States military, multiple private-sector organizations, federal law enforcement and homeland security agencies. Tiffin University was the smallest university to ever host the Maritime Risk Symposium, which highlighted the quality and growing reputation of the cyber defense programs at Tiffin University.
Format & Sample Courses
Online – Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October
Introduction to Cybersecurity (CDS510) – Introduction to Cybersecurity teaches the basic concepts and principles of information security, and the fundamental approaches to secure computers and networks. Some of the topics covered in this course are security basics, security management and risk assessment, software security, operating systems security, database security, cryptography algorithms and protocols, network authentication and secure network applications, malicious malware, network threats and defenses, web security, and privacy.
Introduction to Information Systems and Operating Systems (CDS511) – Introduction to Information Systems and Advanced Operating Systems addresses a broad range of topics in operating system design and implementation. Operating system structuring, synchronization, communication, and failure and recovery management will all be covered.
Law and Ethics in Cybersecurity (CDS512) – Law and Ethics in Cyber Security focuses on the ways that law, ethics and cyber security overlap and intersect. This course will also cover the laws related to intellectual property, civil litigation, criminal prosecutions, and privacy. An exploration of ethics and cybersecurity, as well as of workplace ethics will be covered in this course.
There is a significant shortage of cybersecurity professionals destined to only increase due to a rapidly growing profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2017 that information security jobs will increase 37% by 2022, which is three times the average growth rate for all other occupations. It was estimated that by 2021, there would be four million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally.
The BLS also reports that the average salary for a cybersecurity analyst with an advanced degree earns an average of $95,510 annually. This high average salary speaks to the shortage of qualified personnel in the field of cybersecurity.
- Application Security Engineer
- Cybersecurity Analyst
- Cybersecurity Incident Responder
- Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
- Forensics Computer Analyst
- Information Security Analyst
- Intrusion Analyst
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- Penetration Tester
- Risk and Compliance Analyst
- Security Audit & Risk Management Specialist
- Security Operations Center Analyst
- Security Researcher (Threat and Intelligence Analytics)
- Threat Detection Engineer
- Threat Hunter
- United States Cyber Command
- U.S. Department of Energy
where tu grads have worked
- Cardinal Health
- Cooper Tire
- Private forensic firms
- US Secret Service
- US Space Force
- Wisconsin Department of Justice
MS Cybersecurity FAQ
what is cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity refers to the practice of defending computers, data, electronic systems, mobile devices, networks, servers and more from malicious threats and attacks.
what is a master’s in cybersecurity?
A master’s in cybersecurity provides graduate-level education and skills to a field that is suffering from a significant shortage of qualified personnel. The master’s in cybersecurity curriculum is based on the following four pillars: Risk/Threat, Legal/Policy, Cyber Technical Skills and Mitigation/Response.
what can i do with a degree in cybersecurity?
With a degree in cybersecurity, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including application security engineer, cybersecurity analyst, cybersecurity incident responder, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FBI, forensics computer analyst, information security analyst, intrusion analyst, National Security Agency (NSA), penetration tester, risk and compliance analyst, security audit & risk management specialist, security operations center analyst, security researcher, threat detection engineer, threat hunter, United States Cyber Command, U.S. Department of Energy and more.
MS Cybersecurity Program RequirementsDownload
- Master of Education
- Master of Humanities
- Master of Science
- MS in Criminal Justice
At a Glance
- There is a significant shortage of cybersecurity professionals
- Program is continually updated to reflect industry needs
- Faculty bring years of cybersecurity experience
- Hands-on training in the Center for Cyber Defense & Forensics
- Gain the knowledge to earn major industry certifications
“Very early on in the program, I had a professor that coached us through the course by reminding us that we were making short-term sacrifices to reach our long-term goals. I have carried that with me throughout the program and have been grateful for the impact those words have made on my persistence and success.”
Class of 2019