The Master of Science (M.S.) 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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Job Growth in Michigan in 2024
Job Growth in the U.S. by 2024
Median Annual Wage for Cybersecurity
$90,168  Average

Source: EMSI, 2020

Career Outlook and Opportunities

Cybersecurity professionals are in demand both region- and nationwide. According to 2020 EMSI data, job opportunities for computing professionals is projected to grow 10% in Michigan and 12% in the U.S. by 2024. The median annual wage for computing professionals ranged between $87,630 and  $121,742 in 2020. Cybersecurity graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Software Engineers
  • Cybersecurity Engineers
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Software Developers, System Software
  • System Developers, Application Software
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Source: EMSI, 2020

The Skills Employers Want

The M.S. in Cybersecurity degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

Advanced Skills

  • Cybersecurity
  • Vulnerability
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Operating Systems
  • Auditing
  • Agile Software Development
  • New Product Development
  • Systems Engineering
  • Security Requirements Analysis

Common Skills

  • Computer Sciences
  • Management
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Information Technology
  • Operations
  • Governance
  • Innovation
  • Problem Solving
  • Presentations

Source: EMSI, 2020

Other Reasons to Study Cybersecurity at GVSU

  • A theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market and valuable experience.
  • By focusing on the underlying principles behind cybersecurity, our program prepares students to handle future cybersecurity challenges in addition to today's threats.
  • All graduate faculty members hold doctorate degrees.
  • There are opportunities for collaboration with faculty members on ongoing research.
  • This program is designed to be convenient for working professionals, with courses offered in evenings or online.
  • The School of CIS has its own dedicated state-of-the-art computer labs for hands-on learning.

Courses Offering

The M.S. in Cybersecurity is a minimum of 33 credits. All program plans will include the following three components:

  • The core curriculum
  • A student's chosen emphasis
  • A thesis or applied project

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Course Offerings


For Fall 2020, the M.S. in Cybersecurity's application deadline is July 1 for international students and August 1 for domestic students. Currently, the deadlines are November 1 for the winter semester; and April 1 for the spring/summer. The $30 application fee is waived for previous applicants of Grand Valley. Visit the online catalog for this program's admissions requirements. 

Admission Requirements


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