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Cybersecurity, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity prepares students for both corporate and public cybersecurity-related positions and teaches them the skills necessary to deal with organized and sophisticated cyberattacks.

About the Program

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program at Saint Louis University is professionally oriented, for those interested in careers in private-sector cybersecurity. The program is ideal for students who seek both a strong foundation and detailed technical knowledge in security, privacy and intelligence. You will learn how to apply that knowledge to information systems, networks and software and gain a deeper appreciation of the social, policy, ethical and legal aspects of security and privacy.

The program balances the theoretical and deep technical skills of cybersecurity, making it suitable for students who have received a baccalaureate degree in computer science or a related field and have a desire to join the cybersecurity community and workforce. The program will prepare you to face the future security-related challenges emerging from our internet-connected world, the rapid adoption of mobile devices and the increasing role of cybersecurity in our daily life.

As a student in our program, you will join a community of academics and practitioners from around the world, giving you the opportunity to learn from and network with your peers. Our students represent a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, including cybersecurity, emergency management, analytics, and military and defense.

Designed for working professionals, our program is flexible and offered in 8-week modules — allowing you to stay focused on your career as you earn your degree. Our online courses are delivered through the Blackboard Learning Management System, and students can access course content 24/7 without having a specific class meeting time. Using the latest video capture and discussion board technology, students are required to meet and collaborate with instructors and classmates in an asynchronous online format. To ensure individual attention and mentoring by our distinguished faculty, we typically limit courses sections to 20 students.

Program Highlights

Offered in a completely online format, you can earn a graduate certificate that complements your master’s degree, often without taking additional credit hours. This allows you to tailor the program to your specific interests.

Curriculum and Program Details

The 36-hour Master of Science in Cybersecurity requires the following courses:

  • Professional Studies Core (12 credit hours)
    • AA 5221: Applied Analytics and Methods 1
    • AA 5222: Applied Analytics and Methods II: Survey Approaches
    • AA 5223: Applied Analytics and Methods II: Experimental Approaches
    • ORLD 5050: Ethical, Evidence-Based Decision Making
    • ORLD 5010: Contemporary Org Leadership
  • Cyber Security Core (12 credit hours)
    • CYBR 5000: Cybersecurity Principles
    • CYBR 5010: Networking Concepts
    • CYBR 5020: Data Administration
    • CYBR 5030: Cyber Threats and Defense
  • Applied Research Project (three credit hours)
    • CYBR 5961-5963: Cyber Masters Research Project (MRP)
  • Electives (choose nine credit hours)
    • CYBR 5210: Digital Investigations
    • CYBR 5220: Incident Response and Mitigation
    • CYBR 5230: Intrusion Detection and Analysis
    • CYBR 5240: Cloud Security

Approved electives from other disciplines may be considered.


Concentrations/Certificate Options (up to nine credit hours in lieu of electives)

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program offers stackable graduate certificate options that enable you to focus your studies and gain an additional academic credential upon graduation. Students accepted for the M.S. in cybersecurity may simultaneously enroll in one of the following graduate certificates:

  • Applied Analytics
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Development
  • Ethical Based Decision Making

The program explores the latest technologies and best practices in facing cybersecurity challenges. Brett Mitchell, M.A., M.S., is the director of the program.


The master’s degree in cybersecurity prepares you to manage and lead cyber teams and programs.

Graduates of the cybersecurity program have the foundation necessary to succeed as network and computer systems administrators, government cybersecurity analysts, computer systems analysts, information security analysts, computer and information systems managers, and data security consultants.

Tuition and Fees

$780/ Credit Hour

$25.00 Technology Fee

View a List of Tuition and Fees for 2017-18


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Learn about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services.

Learning Outcomes

1. Assess evidence to draw reasoned, ethical conclusions.

2. Apply leadership competencies appropriate for a given situation or context.

3. Articulate arguments or explanations to both a disciplinary or professional audience and to a general audience, in both oral and written forms.

4. Construct and implement networks and data management systems that protect intellectual property using cybersecurity principles.

5. Apply information security principles to analyze, detect and mitigate vulnerabilities and intrusions.

Application Criteria

Students for this program must apply through SLU’s Office of Graduate Admission. Direct applications through the School for Professional Studies are not accepted.

Students must demonstrate:

  • Undergraduate degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
    Note: Applicants who have a GPA that is less than 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis, by considering the strength of the remaining components of their application.
  • Work experience — which includes full-time and part-time employment, internships, co-ops and similar experiences — of at least three years is recommended strongly.
  • Coursework in the following areas:
    • At least one course in information systems/technology or a programming language.
    • At least one basic statistics or research methods course.
  • Skills in using business productivity software and understanding of basic level software installation and troubleshooting procedures.

You will also need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Transcript(s) from all previous academic coursework from accredited institutions of higher education
Three recommendations submitted using the Applicant Evaluation Form. The form can be submitted through an online system during your application process, by email to, or mailed to:
Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
DuBourg Hall, Suite 150
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
A 500-word personal statement articulating why a master's degree in cyber security is needed within your present or expected future career and how SLU's program will help you meet that need.

Requirements for International Students

We welcome international students to apply for our completely online graduate program. Saint Louis university operates a campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and a European campus in Madrid, Spain, with alumni originating from over 41 countries. A Saint Louis University education is respected worldwide, as our online programs span the globe.

As the language of online instruction is English, students should have a demonstrated TOEFL or PTE academic score in order to be successful. According to the requirements set by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the entirely online nature of this degree precludes international students from obtaining an F1 (student) visa.

International applicants must have a postsecondary degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. Online international students must meet all program/university requirements.

Tuition and fee payments from students living outside the United States must be in US dollars.

Admission Deadline

Students should apply for the fall semester by July 1, for the spring semester by Nov. 1 and for the summer session by April 1.

To be considered for an assistantship, apply by Feb. 1.