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Syracuse University M.S. in Cybersecurity online

Join the Orange alumni network of 250,000+ professionals, and learn to identify, prevent, and counteract the cybercrimes that threaten your organization’s critical systems and sensitive information.

About the program

  • No GRE required: Focus on emerging as a leader in the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity, not test scores.
  • Flexibility: Choose from our four cohort start dates and begin the program at the time that works best for you.
  • Orange alumni network: Graduates prepared to drive new developments in the field, excel in a wide variety of industries and join the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s global alumni network of more than 20,000 tech professionals.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university with dynamic professional programs, innovative learning opportunities, and the Orange network. Located in the heart of New York State, the university offers 200+ majors and 100+ minors to students in 60+ countries.

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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Course spotlight: machine learning

This course examines the relationship between machine learning and computer security and outlines the basics of machine learning theory and its methodologies. In addition to evaluating complex research problems, students learn high-level topics, including:

  • Inductive learning: Discover the algorithms that work as the backbone of machine-learning capabilities.
  • Neural network approaches: Explore the functions of neural networks, a subset of machine learning that mimics the cognitive functions of the human brain.
  • Computational learning theory: Measure how well a machine can comprehend tasks using mathematical frameworks.
  • Fraud detection: Learn how to protect essential assets and information from unauthorized criminal activity.
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Prospective students interested in this program should possess a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity or a related field from an accredited institution, with an average GPA of 3.0 or better. No GRE scores required. To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Official transcripts

  • Resume

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Personal statement

  • Application fee

Frequently asked questions

A cybersecurity degree prepares students to identify, prevent and defend against cyberattacks that target networks, private data, or corporations. Students gain expertise in topics such as computer security, network security, operating systems, and data management.

The time it takes to earn a cybersecurity degree depends on the pace of the program and whether it is an undergraduate or graduate degree. At Syracuse University, the online M.S. in Cybersecurity program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

Cybersecurity degree programs typically require some level of prior knowledge in discrete mathematics and computer programming.

Cybersecurity professionals can work in a variety of industries, such as education, finance, oil and gas, health care, entertainment, and national defense. Common job titles include information security analyst, IT security engineer, network administrator, system administrator, and IT security consultant, among others.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in demand for information security analysts is projected to climb by 35% from 2021 through 2031.Footnote 3

With more than 28,000 cybersecurity job openings in New York as of September 2022, the demand for cybersecurity professionals is high.Footnote 4

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