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University of Sydney’s Master of Cybersecurity (Online)

The University of Sydney’s Master of Cybersecurity (Online) is designed for experienced tech or STEM professionals who want to discover emerging technologies in cybersecurity. Students will learn to lead cybersecurity initiatives at the organisational level and stay at the forefront of evolving privacy and security regulations.

About the program

  • Adaptable program timelines: Complete the program in as little as 18 months full time, or 36 months part time.
  • Three specialisations: Choose from one of three specialisations: cryptography and blockchains, data and information security, or cloud security.
  • Fully online: Invest in your education without putting your career on hold.

The University of Sydney

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney is the oldest university in Australia, and one of the top in the world. It stands for education for all and leadership that improves lives in all the communities the university serves. The University of Sydney’s learners uphold the values of courage and creativity, diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, and openness and engagement.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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The online Master of Cybersecurity is a 72-credit point program that covers every major area of cybersecurity. Moreover, the curriculum includes IT professionalism units to help learners become experts and leaders in this industry. 

Units of study cover topics such as cybersecurity engineering, information security management, machine learning, and data privacy. Learners may also choose one of the following specialisations as part of their master’s degree:

  • Cryptography and blockchains: Design and implement cryptographic systems in cloud, blockchain, and general information technology.
  • Data and information security: Collect, process, and manage data in both regulatory and technical perspectives.
  • Cloud security: Design, deploy, and maintain highly secure cloud infrastructure.
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Admissions requirements

Applicants to the Master of Cybersecurity (Online) must hold an Australian bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. They must also hold an Australian master’s degree in a quantitative discipline or in something else deemed equivalent by admissions. Candidates with a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity or the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity with a minimum credit average (65 percent) may apply. To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Transcripts

  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international applicants)

  • Résumé or CV

  • Proof of residency (passport or citizen certificate, evidence of citizenship, IMMI card, or international student status)

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma available

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Learners who do not meet the requirements for admission into the Master of Cybersecurity (Online) program can work toward these requirements by first completing a graduate certificate or a graduate diploma in cybersecurity. Both the certificate and diploma are also designed for learners who wish to gain the knowledge necessary to apply for a cybersecurity degree.

The graduate certificate and diploma allow learners to build on their current knowledge and experience, and increase their skills in a degree that advances their careers. The graduate certificate, which can be completed in as little as six months, is 24 credit hours and provides learners with foundational skills in cybersecurity. The graduate diploma, which can be completed in as little as a year, is 48 credit hours and provides learners with an advanced understanding of cybersecurity. 

Both programs are available to help learners upskill to advance their careers or to provide a foundation in cybersecurity before applying to the master’s course.

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