Master of Science in Cybersecurity (GTC0)
Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, 3101A, 304-696-4664
Dr. Wook-Sung Yoo, Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex 3101A, 304-696-5452, firstname.lastname@example.org
AREAS OF EMPHASIS OFFERED:
30 credit hours with thesis option.
NORMAL TIME TO COMPLETE FOR FULL-TIME STUDENT:
Cyber security is a national priority and there is a severe talent shortage in cybersecurity area with a negative unemployment rate. Analysts estimate 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, up from 1 million openings last year. If you have been considering entering the field or advancing your career within the computing industry, this is the field of choice. While the opportunities and job openings in the cyber security field are high, you need to be highly educated to maximize the benefits of this opportunity and to land highly paid jobs. Recent report shows that 84% of cybersecurity postings require at least a bachelor’s degree and 23% require at least a master’s. Although obtaining an advanced degree requires a significant investment of both time and money, M.S. in Cybersecurity is the degree that may well be worth it since many employers seek a combination of both experience and education. Here are several reasons you should consider a master’s degree in cybersecurity:
- High Salary
Cyber security professionals are among the most highly paid, posting a 9% salary premium over other IT jobs in general. A security software engineer receives an average annual salary of $233,333, while a chief security officer brings in an annual salary of $225,000.
- Job Security
Cyber security has moved to the forefront as organizations and governmental agencies with high demand and this job will not disappear as long as we are using computers.
- Incentive for Higher Education
The drastic skill gap between cybersecurity job requirement and the level of skills of fresh B.S. graduates has led the government and private sector to offer financial incentives for those looking to pursue a degree in cybersecurity such as the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service (SFS), the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP), etc.
The Cybersecurity Program is committed to our alumni who, within a few years of their graduation, are expected to:
- be employed in fields of Cybersecurity
- engage in life-long learning and professional development through self-study, continuing education or graduate and professional studies
- become effective communicators, collaborators and innovators.
- practice professional ethics with social responsibility addressing social, technical and business challenges.
JOBS RELATED TO THIS PROGRAM:
For more information, please refer to the O*NET website supported by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- 15-1122.00 Information Security Analyst/Incident Responder/Penetration Tester
- 15-1143.00 Computer Network Architects
- 11-9199.07 Security Administrator/Manager
- 15-1143.00 Computer Network Architects/Security Architect
- 13-1199.02 Security Specialist/Cryptographer/Security Consultant
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ADMISSION:
Fall enrollment: August 1st; Spring enrollment: December 1st; Summer enrollment: May 1st.
GRE OR OTHER REQUIRED: