Master of Science in Cybersecurity

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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 follows the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Body of Knowledge of the  Cybersecurity and 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 learner the opportunity to understand the role of government and industry in securing and protecting assets.  

Courses provide focus on technology innovation in cybersecurity, business strategy in cybersecurity, and the role of people, process, and plans needed to deliver cybersecurity projects, as well as maintaining the professional skills required to advance in the Cybersecurity field. Students will emerge with the experience and leadership identity required to influence the way cybersecurity is implemented and consumed in corporation or government organization settings. 

Program Overview

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 the following areas:

  • Cyber Defense
  • 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.

CityU is a designated   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.

Learning Outcomes

In the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, students 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 models, genres, and styles

Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal (Collaboration).

Admissions Requirement

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

STC encourages students with non-technical bachelor degrees to pursue the MSCY. Preparatory courses for the degree include:

CS 132 Computer Science I 

CS 330 Network Communications  

IS 340 Operating Systems 

IS 360 Database Technologies 

Course Requirements

Total Required Credits (180 Credits) 

Program Requirements ​

Core Requirements (24 Credits)

ISEC 500   Cybersecurity Overview 

ISEC 505 Systems Security 

ISEC 510 Human and Organization Security 

ISEC 520 Ethical, Legal, and Societal Security 

ISEC 525 Network and Wireless Security 

ISEC 545 Data Privacy and Security 

ISEC 612 Software Security (3)

ISEC 628 Components Integration Security (3)

Depth of Study: Cyber Operations (6 Credits)

CS 533 Computer Architecture (3)

CS 622 Discrete Math and Algorithms for Computing (3)

Depth of Study: Cyber Defense (6 Credits)

ISEC 605 Cybersecurity Auditing (3)

ISEC 640 Software Reverse Engineering (3)

Choices (6 Credits)

Computer Science

CS 504 Software Engineering (3)

CS 519 Cloud Computing Overview (3)


Data Science

DS 515 Data Science Overview (3)

DS 520 Data Mining (3)


IT Management

ITMGMT 510 Managing the Technology Project (3)

ITMGMT 570 Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure (3)

ITMGMT 575 Technology Implementation and Change (3)


ISEC 685 Cybersecurity Internship (repeatable) (3)


ISEC 665 Cybersecurity Capstone (3)

Career Opportunities

Cybersecurity is a growth profession. Globally the demand for cyber talent will exceed 1,000,000 by 2022. Within the United States updates the demand for cybersecurity openings:

MSCY  prepares graduates to fill positions in multiple disciplines using the socio-technical and management skills honed throughout the degree and aligned to the NICE Workforce Framework.


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