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Cybersecurity, M.S.

The Master of Science in cybersecurity is designed to help computing professionals expand their knowledge in the cybersecurity area, creating opportunities for advancement in the field. It will build skills to recognize, prepare for, defend against, and investigate current and future threats.

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Program Overview

The cybersecurity program contains broad coverage of the discipline, preparing students to address a wide variety of issues across an organization. Theoretical concepts are complemented by hands-on application throughout the program. All students will complete a Capstone experience consisting of either a thesis or an applied project.

Why Study Cybersecurity at Grand Valley?

  • Theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market, along with valuable industry experience.
  • By focusing on the underlying principles behind cybersecurity, our program prepares students to handle future cybersecurity challenges in addition to today's threats.
  • This program is designed to be convenient for working professionals, with classes offered in evenings or online.
  • All graduate faculty members are experts in the field, holding doctorate degrees.
  • Opportunities for collaboration with faculty members conducting ongoing research.

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Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.



The curriculum covers a breadth of cybersecurity related topics:

  • Cryptography
  • Data analysis
  • Network security
  • Security policy
  • Threat modeling
  • Cyber-forensics
  • Legal/ethical issues
  • Secure software
  • Systems security

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for fall semester is May 1, international, and July 1, domestic; winter semester is September 1, international, and November 1, domestic. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Admission Requirements

For general requirements for graduate admission, visit Grand Valley State University’s admission section of the online catalog.

Admission into the cybersecurity program has additional requirements, which are available on this page.

If you have additional questions, please contact our graduate admissions office.

For More Information

School of Computing

Samah Mansour, Ph.D., Program Director
DeVos Center for Interdisciplinary Health
(616) 331-2060

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Samah Mansour, Ph.D.
(616) 331-3051