Develop high-level technical and management knowledge and skills needed to protect cyber infrastructure and information assets.
The growing number of cyberattacks on national and organizational information technology infrastructures highlight the rapidly growing demand for professionally trained experts of cybersecurity. The program is designed to prepare students for new careers in cybersecurity and working as professionals in the field to further advance their professional success.
- Interdisciplinary Curriculum: This degree program uses an interdisciplinary approach that draws on strong technical as well as relevant legal, policy, governance and management aspects needed to protect cyber infrastructure and information assets.
- Applied Knowledge and Skills: Gain applied cybersecurity knowledge and skills through hands-on learning and studying with recognized cybersecurity experts. The program culminates with a cybersecurity capstone project.
- Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Study with professors who are leading cybersecurity experts and have strong professional and research backgrounds.
- Additional Credential: Earn an additional credential to advance your career by adding a certificate to your graduate course planning.
- High Job Placement Rate: Graduates of this program have assumed technical and leadership cybersecurity roles in the government and industry.
- On Campus and Fully Online: Complete your degree on campus, or fully online-anywhere/anytime.
Robert Morris University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the U.S. National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Fortune's Cybersecurity Ranking: Our M.S. Cybersecurity Program is ranked 8th among the top Online M.S. Cybersecurity programs by Fortune.
The program is designed to prepare you for both technical and leadership roles in major cybersecurity areas such as security administration, network security and management, cybersecurity compliance and governance, digital forensics and cyber investigation, ethical hacking, and cybersecurity consulting.
Degree Requirements and Courses
- CYMS6100 Foundations of Cybersecurity
- CYMS6110 Fundamentals of Cyber Forensics
- CYMS6200 Operating Systems Security
- CYMS6210 Defending and Securing Networks
- CYMS6300 Applied Cryptography
- CYMS6400 Software and Application Security
- CYMS6500 Cybersecurity Risk Analysis & Management
- CYMS6510 Cybersecurity Strategy and Governance
- CYMS6600 Special Topics in Cybersecurity
- CYMS7000 Cybersecurity Capstone
Admissions Requirements and Tuition Information
- A completed application. Apply at: https://sentry.rmu.edu/OnTheMove/wpf_adm.startup
- Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts from Schools outside the U.S. must have transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or other National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organizations.
- GPA: 2.75 or above
- Two current letters of recommendation.
- A current resume.
- A one-page personal essay outlining your interest in the field of Cybersecurity.
- $800/credit, effective Fall 2021
Program Learning Outcomes
Through your course work, you will learn how to:
- Employ cyber prevention, defense, and mitigation tools and techniques against cyberthreats to protect the enterprise-wide information infrastructure and assets.
- Protect data and information using modern cryptographic protocols, tools, and techniques.
- Assess and analyze software, hardware, and firmware vulnerabilities and implement appropriate prevention and mitigation measures.
- Apply digital forensics and cyber investigation techniques in response to cyberattacks against networks and computer systems.
- Apply cybersecurity risk management methodologies, policies, and frameworks to defend information systems and assets.
- Assess the human, legal, privacy, ethical, and governance aspects related to protecting critical cyberinfrastructure.
Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 33% percent growth in U.S. employment for information security analysts from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average job growth in the United States.
There were 714,548 National Cybersecurity job openings from May 2021 through April 2022, according to CyberSeek, a project supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under its National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education program.
Be ready to meet this demand by earning your degree in cybersecurity at Robert Morris University.
Meet the Faculty
The School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty is a team of dedicated teacher-scholars, award-winning artists, practitioners, and academics who are committed to your long-term success.
Diane Igoche, Ph.D
Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Office Wheatley Center 301
Peter Wu, Ph.D.
Department Head, Computer and Information Systems
Professor of Computer and Information Systems
Office: Wheatley Center 308
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