Online Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity Management

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Program at a Glance

  • Advance your skills in a thriving industry—employment of computer and information systems managers in the U.S. is projected to increase faster than the average for all occupations.*
  • Gain tangible experience through learning labs that simulate real-world, on-the-job situations. 
  • Select one of seven concentrations that align with your professional goals.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
20 Hours per Week
Course Length
6-Week Sessions
Average Completion
2 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
60
(40 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420
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Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management Overview

As organizations struggle with tracking and maintaining their internet footprint, the need for well-educated cybersecurity leaders is expected to grow. Our online master's in cybersecurity management helps you prepare for leadership roles directing and protecting critical information infrastructures.

In this online master’s degree program, you’ll study effective ways to develop, implement, evaluate, and update the security policies and practices that help organizations respond to and overcome cyberattacks. Choose from seven concentrations to focus your degree

Who Should Enroll in This Cybersecurity Master’s Degree?

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university who possess in-depth knowledge of computer systems and networking technology, good mathematical and communication skills, and familiarity with internet and wireless applications.

National Center of Academic Excellence

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Purdue Global has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management.


See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Earn Credit for Prior Certifications

If you’ve already completed certification exams, you may be eligible for credit toward your degree.

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Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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Program Outcomes Support Your Career Growth

Coursework is focused on preparing you to: 

  • Direct and protect critical information infrastructures.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and update cybersecurity policies and practices to help organizations respond to cyberthreats.
  • Manage information continuity, asset classification and control, compliance, and the secure administration of IT infrastructure, as well as incident response.
  • Evaluate theories, principles, and best practices related to the evolving global cybersecurity landscape.
  • Analyze data using accepted best practices.
  • Recommend appropriate cybersecurity theories and frameworks to evaluate, mitigate, and manage risk.

Courses Taught by Highly Respected Faculty

Learn from practicing professionals with extensive experience in cybersecurity and education.

Purdue Global's curriculum is regularly reviewed by experienced industry experts, ensuring our graduates are well-prepared for today's challenges.

What Courses Will I Take?

This online master’s degree program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills relevant to a leadership role in the dynamic cybersecurity field.

Coursework focuses on management of information continuity, asset clarification and control, compliance management, incident response, and secure administration of information systems.

Students may choose to participate in an internship option and receive credit in place of the capstone course.

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Sample Courses
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Defense
  • Platforms, Applications, and Data Security
  • Wireless, Mobile, and Cloud Security
  • Computer Forensics and Investigations

Optional Concentration

  • Core Credits
    60
  • Elective Credits
    16–20
  • Total Credits
    76–80

No Concentration

  • Core Credits
    60
  • Total Credits
    60

Master's in Cybersecurity Degree Concentrations

Customize your degree plan to develop specialized expertise in your chosen career path.
  • Explore cloud computing, architecting, and AWS core services. Examine the fundamentals of AWS infrastructure, service options, and best practices in the AWS Cloud.

  • Study essential blockchain and smart contract technologies that serve as the foundation for Web 3.0, the next generation of internet, and gain the specialized skills you need to develop decentralized applications (dApps).

  • Study the implementation of protective procedures such as firewalls, network detection and response (NDR), and endpoint detection and response (EDR), and learn how to defend critical infrastructure including systems, networks, and assets.

  • Explore statistical methods for data analytics and employ appropriate data analytics concepts and tools. Apply foundational programming concepts in an analytics setting.

  • Study key IT systems relevant to corporate enterprise networks, and develop a deep understanding of the structure and operation of organizations to determine how to effectively achieve current and future objectives.

  • Focus on every phase of the project life cycle using current software to achieve goals and objectives. Learn to control project cost and scheduling, analyze project risk and quality, and consider legal and ethical issues.

  • Examine secure software development and design concepts. Apply best practices for coding, software testing, and implementation processes.

Career Opportunities

Employment in the cybersecurity field is expected to grow as organizations seek qualified cybersecurity executives with an advanced degree and experience to lead and protect critical infrastructures.* The online master's in cybersecurity can help you develop valuable job skills that are applicable to a broad range of leadership positions.

Top Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Critical and Analytical Thinking
  2. Industry Research
  3. Decision Analysis
  4. Communication

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 100% IT faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 36% IT faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Advanced and Doctoral Degrees: Statistics include all Purdue Global IT faculty members. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, May 2022.
Publications and Development Hours: Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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Tuition and Time Savings on a Doctorate Law Degree

Upon graduating, you can apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Concord Law School. Save up to $7,416 in tuition and graduate a year sooner. You could earn an EJD degree with a general or law and technology concentration in as few as 2 years and 4 months. See which courses transfer.

Unlike the JD, which prepares you to sit for the bar exam and practice law, the online EJD is designed to help you build legal expertise to use in your career.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction on Concord programs. Tuition savings calculated as 18 credit hours x reduced per credit tuition rate of $412 = $7,416. Savings will vary based on the courses completed in the student’s master’s degree program. Credits apply toward open elective and/or law and technology electives in the EJD program.

Time savings based on a student who applies 18 credit hours toward the 3-year EJD program; the remaining 54 credits can be completed in as few as 2 years and 4 months of study.