Best Online Master’s in Cybersecurity

Find top-ranked online master’s in cybersecurity degree programs to prepare students to hold supervisory positions, such as chief information security officer, computer information systems manager, IT auditor, and cybercrime investigator.

Best Online Master’s in Cybersecurity

Frequently Asked Questions About Cybersecurity Degrees

Why get a master’s in cybersecurity?

The master’s in cybersecurity offers specialized studies in computer and network security, including computer engineering, digital forensics, systems engineering, information security, and cyber-physical systems.

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What courses will I be taking while getting a master’s in cybersecurity?

Students can study online or on campus, taking courses like Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Psychology, Offensive and Defensive Strategies, and Practical Applications in Security.

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How long does it take to get a master’s in cybersecurity?

Most programs are about 30 credit hours, though some universities also provide opportunities for accelerated degrees.

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What can I do with a master’s in cybersecurity?

Upon graduation, students can hold supervisory positions, such as chief information security officer, computer information systems manager, IT auditor, and cybercrime investigator.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s in computer science.

Best Online Master's in Cybersecurity Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online cybersecurity master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

25 Best Online Master’s in Cybersecurity Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Southern California

    #31 institution's historical influence
    #30 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Privacy Law and Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Cyber Security Engineering
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of New Haven

    #1525 institution's historical influence
    #770 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/24

    West Haven, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity Management And Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MS, in Cyberseccurity
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Arizona State University

    #131 institution's historical influence
    #1312 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    74K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Tempe, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Computer Science

    Concentrations

    • Big Data Systems
    • Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Baylor University

    #274 institution's historical influence
    #96 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/29

    Waco, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Cyber Security
    • Required Credits: 48-60
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Syracuse University

    #77 institution's historical influence
    #1450 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    Syracuse, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  7. #7

    Marshall University

    #907 institution's historical influence
    #1031 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/22

    Huntington, WV

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Florida International University

    #519 institution's historical influence
    #215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Global Affairs

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity And Technology Policy
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Southern Methodist University

    #280 institution's historical influence
    #1324 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1390/31

    Dallas, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    #973 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Lowell, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Security Studies

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Roger Williams University

    #2136 institution's historical influence
    #741 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    5K

    Bristol, RI

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    University of Delaware

    #304 institution's historical influence
    #1237 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Newark, DE

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    University of Southern Maine

    #1682 institution's historical influence
    #365 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/22

    Portland, ME

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Saint Louis University

    #366 institution's historical influence
    #714 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/27

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Professional Studies

    Concentrations

    • Analytics
    • Cybersecurity
    • Evidence-Based Decision Making
    • Information Systems
    • Organizational Development
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Intelligence
    • Required Credits: 27-33
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
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  15. #15

    University of Texas at Tyler

    #2901 institution's historical influence
    #1359 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Tyler, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Cyber Security
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Computer Science

    Concentrations

    • Information Assurance And Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Systems

    Concentrations

    • Information Assurance And Cybersecurity Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Cybersecurity Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Disaster And Emergency Management

    Concentrations

    • Cyber Security
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Education Law

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity Law
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Health Law

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity Law
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    LLM in Law

    Concentrations

    • Ip
    • Cybersecurity
    • And Technology Law (Online)
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Law And Policy

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity Law
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    University of Texas at Dallas

    #611 institution's historical influence
    #222 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1350/29

    Richardson, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology and Management

    Concentrations

    • Cyber Security Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    University of Rhode Island

    #419 institution's historical influence
    #511 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/25

    Kingston, RI

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    Online Degrees

    PSM in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  19. #19

    University of Missouri–St. Louis

    #2108 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Flex

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    National University

    #1863 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    DePaul University

    #483 institution's historical influence
    #308 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    19K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity

    Concentrations

    • Computer Security
    • Governance
    • Risk Management and Compliance
    • Networking And Infrastructure
    • Required Credits: 52
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  22. #22

    New Jersey City University

    #2088 institution's historical influence
    #396 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    6K

    Jersey City, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in National Security Studies

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity/Information Assurance
    • National Security
    • Corporate Security
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Mississippi College

    #1559 institution's historical influence
    #150 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    29%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/25

    Clinton, MS

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  24. #24

    Mercy College

    #1814 institution's historical influence
    #302 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    985/20

    Dobbs Ferry, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  25. #25

    Quinnipiac University

    #1437 institution's historical influence
    #804 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    9K

    Hamden, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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