Master of Science in Cybersecurity
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.
Career Outlook and Opportunities
28% JOB GROWTH
$92,600 MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGE
There is a strong demand for cybersecurity professionals. Job opportunities are projected to grow 28% by 2026 with a median annual wage of $92,600 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Some of the job opportunities available to cybersecurity graduates, include:
- Cybersecurity Engineer
- Cybersecurity Analyst
- Network Engineer
- Architect Cybersecurity Manager
- Administrator Systems Engineer
- Software Developer
- Engineer Systems Administrator
- Vulnerability Analyst
- Penetration Tester
- Cybersecurity Consultant
Why Study Cybersecurity at Grand Valley?
- 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.
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
The M.S. in Cybersecurity's application deadline is July 1 for fall semester; November 1 for winter semester; and April 1 for spring/summer. The $30 application fee is waived for previous applicants of Grand Valley.