Master of Science in Cyber Security

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A Master of Science in Cyber Security is a type of postgraduate academic master's degree awarded by universities in many countries. This degree is typically studied for in cyber security. What is offered by many institutions is actually called a Master in Strategic Cyber Operations and Information Management (SCOIM) which is commonly understood to be a Master in Cybersecurity. This degree is offered by at least some universities in their Professional Studies program (GWU for one) so that it can be accomplished while students are employed - in other words it allows for "distance learning" or online attendance. Requirements for the Professional Studies program include: 3.0 or better undergrad GPA, professional recommendations letters and an essay.

Curriculum Structure[edit]

The Master of Science in Cyber Security is a one to three years Master Degree, depending on the program, some may even start with two-year preparation classes and covers various areas of computer science, Internet security, Computer security, and or Information Assurance. Programs are offered online, on-campus, or a hybrid style. Please note that some schools offer the option of a graduate certificate in Cyber Security (for those not looking to do a full program). Other schools may offer a broader professional master's degree in a field of computing or business with a specialization is cyber security, cyber defense or information assurance. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has developed a framework for cyber security education and workforce development.[1] Likewise, the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) framework was designed in a collaboration between the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.[2]

Topics of study may include:

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  1. ^ "The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)". Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  2. ^ "National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense". Retrieved 2018-01-25.