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Help Protect Technical Infrastructures

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity at City University of Seattle is a multi-disciplinary program offering professionals an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the technical, business, management, and policy aspects of information security. When graduating from this program, you will be able to make critical business decisions for your organization when it counts.

The master’s in cybersecurity online program is a highly focused, 16-course program you complete at a pace you determine with the help of a CityU advisor.

In the MS in Cybersecurity program, you will study a core of basic information security standards and practices, which include courses such as Information Security Overview; System Administration for Information Security, Privac and Open Systems, The Senior Manager and Information Security, and Ethical Obligations of Information Security. In addition to taking these core courses, you can specialize in the following areas:

  • Cybersecurity Environment
  • Information Security Audit

CityU was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Center for Information Assurance Education

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.

Admissions Requirement

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required to enroll in this program.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, you’ll learn:

  • Changes in information security management
  • Security implementations for digital networks, platforms, and applications
  • The responsibilities of senior managers for ensuring the security of processes and information systems used in their organizations
  • Risks and rewards of using information systems
  • Ethical frameworks and their application to particular areas influencing and affecting information security
  • Forms that cyber crimes can take, and the factors that make victims vulnerable to cyber crimes
  • Warfare in the cyber domain
  • Challenges in managing and enforcing security standards

Total Required Credits (39 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020-20201 Course Catalog. 

Program Core (15 Credits)

ISEC 500 Information Security Overview (3)

ISEC 505 System Administration for Information Security (3)

ISEC 510 The Senior Manager and Information Security (3)

ISEC 515 Privacy and Open Systems (3)

ISEC 520 Ethical Obligations in Information Security (3)

Depth Block (21 Credits)

Cybersecurity Environment

ISEC 530 Cybercrime (3)

ISEC 540 Cyber Warfare (3)

ISEC 550 E-Government (3)

ISEC 560 Intellectual Property and Espionage (3)

Information Security Audit

AC 540 Auditing Techniques (3)

ISEC 605 Information Security Auditing (3)

ITMGMT 570 Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure (3)

Capstone Project/Thesis (3 Credits)


In today’s technology-driven world, the need for skilled technological experts is ever-prevalent. Additionally, this field is more competitive than ever. A master’s degree in information security will give you the edge needed to compete for high-level positions in this industry.

Upon completion of this master’s program, you’ll be qualified to work as a systems security expert who can ensure the security of complex data and hardware networks in industries as varied as:

  • Health care
  • E-commerce
  • Information technology
  • International business
  • Government

Common job titles for alumni with an MS in Cybersecurity may include:

  • Senior cybersecurity engineer
  • Information security consultant
  • Chief information officer

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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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’ll 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.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.