Master of Science in Cybersecurity

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July 2024
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Help Protect Technical Infrastructures

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCY) program provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities of national and international concerns in cybersecurity defense and attack. The program aligns with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Body of Knowledge for NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operation (OP) and Cyber Defense (CD) with technical and non-technical cores. The program also offers the opportunity to understand the role of government and industry in securing and protecting assets.

Courses focus on cybersecurity innovations, people, processes, and infrastructures to protect and secure organizations. Students graduate with the leadership and technical skills required to influence the way cybersecurity is implemented and consumed in organizations.

For more information on the Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, please click here.

In the MS Cybersecurity (MSCY) program, you will study a core of basic cybersecurity standards and practices, which include courses such as Cybersecurity Overview, System Security, Human and Organization Security, Ethical Legal and societal Security, Network and wireless Security, Data Privacy and Security, Software Security, and Component Integration Security.

In addition to taking these core courses, you can specialize in Cyber Defense or Cyber Operations.

Students complete an additional six credits from advanced courses in either Computer Science (Cloud Computing), Data Science (Data Mining), IT Management, or an opportunity to select an internship option. Every student completes a Capstone before graduation.

Center for Information Assurance Education

CityU is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The Center’s mission is to conduct programs, courses, research, and consulting in Information Assurance.

City University of Seattle operates a special center whose mission is to conduct programs, courses, research, and consulting in Information Assurance. Learn more about the Center.

Learning Outcomes

In the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, students will learn to:

  • Integrate a foundational knowledge of all areas of advanced cybersecurity
  • Apply fundamental principles and practices of advanced cybersecurity
  • Apply critical and ethical thinking to solve problems in advanced cybersecurity
  • Evaluate data to inform decisions and solve problems in advanced cybersecurity
  • Create the ability to develop and express ideas while applying a variety of delivery modes, genres, and styles
  • Collaborate efficiently on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal



Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you will have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.