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MS Cybersecurity

Course Description

Combat Existing Cyberattacks. Defend Against Future Ones.
With increased reliance on cyberspace for everything from communications to national defense comes greater vulnerability. Hackers, network outages, viruses and cyber attacks do far more than inconvenience individual users. They compromise corporate trade secrets, breach national security and stifle online commerce—resulting in untold lost revenue.

The rise in cyber threats has created unprecedented demand for cybersecurity specialists—individuals who can skillfully apply analytical frameworks and tools to prevent, detect, address and recover from cyber incidents and security breeches. To help meet this burgeoning demand in this prospering field, Sacred Heart University offers the Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree.

Why cybersecurity?
In this dynamic program, you will acquire a broad knowledge of networking and network security and learn to proactively address ever-changing security threats and infiltration techniques. More specifically, you will:
- Explore new products and applications that help make the world more secure from cyber threats
- Be exposed to effective technology risk management practices
- Learn to identify new and existing threats and determine methods for mitigating them
- Acquire foundational knowledge in building secure and defendable systems
- Build the skills needed to improve your marketability
- Analyze cybersecurity risks and apply real-world solutions
- Perform cybersecurity research and gain hands-on experience with security tools

Why study cybersecurity at SHU?
- SHU's master's program is tailored to provide you with the fundamentals to be an effective cybersecurity professional.
- Learn from industry experts. Faculty of this program are industry professionals with more than 50 years of combined experience in cybersecurity. By sharing firsthand insight into the challenges associated with countering security vulnerabilities, they add a real-world dimension to the curriculum.
- Take classes with industry professionals and gain valuable networking opportunities.
- Have the opportunity to perform cybersecurity research and hands-on experience with security tools.

Choose the format that works best for you
At Sacred Heart, you can choose from three cybersecurity program options:
- Full-time master’s in cybersecurity program
- Part-time master’s in cybersecurity program
- Certificate program

Position yourself for a high-paying career
With the cybersecurity industry projected to reach $120.1 billion by 2017 (Source: MarketsandMarkets), cybersecurity specialists are well positioned to compete for these jobs with six-figure salaries:
- Data Security Analyst: $89K–$122K
- Network Security Administrator: $85K–$118K
- Network Architect: $95K–$137K
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13)

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be recognized as having the specialized experience and knowledge necessary to secure enterprises and defend against cyber threats. With this field expected to continue to grow and evolve, earlier entry will provide greater opportunities for advancement.

Required Application Material
- Apply Online
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions. Sacred Heart University students and alumni may authorize the Office of Graduate Admissions to obtain their official SHU transcripts on their behalf. Contact the Graduate Admissions office for an authorization form. International students may need to have a transcript evaluation completed by World Education Services
- $60 Non-refundable application fee
- 2 Letters of recommendation
- Professional resume
- TOEFL or IELTS score for International students
- International applicants must provide a copy of their passport, a sponsor letter, and a bank letter in order to promptly receive an I-20.

Entry Requirements

See course description

Course Fees

2015/16 Full-time: $7,575 per semester, Part-time: $825 per credit

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