Master of Science in Cybersecurity

About the Program

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity at ESU is intended to provide students with up-to-date knowledge and skills in cybersecurity and privacy. It gives hands-on experience in cyber threat prevention and detection tactics, as well as reacting to and recovering from cyber-attacks. Program graduates will be employable by corporations and governments with important information assets that need to be protected from increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Why study for a master’s degree in cybersecurity at ESU?

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field on a worldwide scale. Cybersecurity, often known as information technology security, is the protection of any computer system against harm or loss caused by unauthorized access. Security may include programs, data, networks, and computers—any sector that relies on computers needs it. As a result, we can identify five reasons why students choose our master’s degree program in cybersecurity.

First, as an industry, cybersecurity has a bright future. With the sector’s low unemployment rate and many nations having a labor shortage, a cybersecurity specialist should never be jobless for a long time. Furthermore, the salary is above average, which is a wonderful benefit. Overall, it is a good career option.

Second, our Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is intended to provide students with the most up-to-date information and skills in cybersecurity and privacy. Graduates will be employable by corporations and governments with important information assets that need to be protected from increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Third, a master’s degree may be an effective tool for job advancement. Many individuals, however, do not have the time or money to return to full-time university education. Our curriculum is entirely online, allowing students to get an advanced degree in cybersecurity without attending a university campus. Students might benefit from studying at home.

Fourth, the expense of a higher education degree has continued to rise in recent years. Most degrees cost more than $30,000, particularly in IT and management; however, the curriculum at ESU costs less than $3600.

Finally, ESU’s master’s degree in cybersecurity requires candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in any field, not necessarily in information technology. The rationale for this is that students take required foundation courses such as Python programming, operating systems, and computer networks as part of their master’s studies.

For the reasons stated above, ESU’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity is ideal for you. Upon completing this program, you will have gained a deep understanding and developed expertise about IT security in preparation for a career in this quickly evolving field. With state-of-the-art technical knowledge, intellectual know-how, management capabilities, and hands-on practical skills, be assured that you will succeed in meeting the cybersecurity challenges faced by modern organizations. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program combines real-world engagement, cybersecurity theories, and hands-on experiences to provide a robust educational foundation for high-level application and provision of cybersecurity solutions.


Graduates will be equipped with the required skills to pursue careers as

  • Chief Information Security Officers
  • Cybersecurity Analysts/Specialists
  • Information Security Crime Investigators/Forensics Experts
  • Computer Security Incident Responders
  • Security Analysts
  • Risk Managers/Analysts
  • Forensic Computer Analysts
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Penetration Testers
  • IT Security Consultants

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, students will have learned to:

  • Analyze and resolve security issues in networks and computer systems to secure an IT infrastructure;
  • Design, develop, test, and evaluate secure software;
  • Develop policies and procedures to manage enterprise security risks;
  • Evaluate and communicate the human role in security systems with an emphasis on ethics, social engineering vulnerabilities, and training;
  • Interpret and investigate security incidents forensically;
  • Explain concepts and arguments associated with cybersecurity; and
  • Evaluate an organization’s capability in protecting its information infrastructure

Teaching Methodology

The following courses’ contents will be delivered through a mix of online lectures, discussions, case-based conversations, and virtual labs. A case is a detailed presentation of real-world security challenges that outline a group of difficulties and need a plan of action. The case approach offers a practical foundation for the learning process. Its effectiveness depends on student preparedness and active participation in class discussions.

The prescribed textbooks and associated resources will be the major source of information and reference for each course. Lecturers prepare supplementary materials such as lecture notes and slides.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a master’s degree in cybersecurity, students must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours. It is students’ responsibility to be informed of current requirements and consult frequently with their advisors on their progress toward completion.

The following table shows the courses that students will take every semester.

Students can choose elective courses from the following table. Note that not every course in this table will be available in every semester.

Year – TrimesterCredit HoursPrerequisites
Year 1 – 1
ENG101 English Language 15 Hours
PMG101 Foundations of Project Management3 Hours
MGM112 Introduction to Economics3 Hours
CMM201 Communication Skills3 Hours
Year 1 – 2
ENG102 English Language 25 HoursENG101
MGM111 Principles of Management3 Hours
PMG112 Project Communications3 Hours
MTH 112 Business Mathematics3 Hours
Year 1 – 3
PMG201 Project Feasibility Study3 HoursPMG101
PMG202 Project Planning3 HoursPMG101
MGM204 Principles of Marketing3 Hours
ITC202 Internet and Information Technology3 Hours
Year 2 – 1
STA201 Probability and Statistics4 Hours
ENG201 Business English3 HoursENG102
PMG212 Project Time Management3 HoursPMG101
PMG213 Project Cost Management3 HoursPMG101
Year 2 – 2
MGM227 Principles of Accounting3 Hours
PMG312 Project Management Technologies3 HoursPMG101
PMG323 Project Contracts3 HoursPMG212 & PMG213
PMG333 Project Monitoring3 HoursPMG202
Year 2 – 3
MGM223 Presentation and Writing Skills3 Hours
MGM243 Human Resource Management3 Hours
MGM237 Introduction to Finance3 Hours
PMG341 Project Team and Stakeholder Management3 HoursPMG101
Year 3 – 1
PMG354 Project Quality Management3 HoursPMG202, PMG212 & PMG213
PMG421 Organizational Behavior and Projects3 HoursPMG101
MGM303 Entrepreneurship3 Hours
MGM333 Introduction to Research Methods3 Hours
Year 3 – 2
PMG424 Project Governance3 HoursPMG202
PMG433 Project Procurement and Supply Chain3 HoursPMG341
MGM412 Business Law3 Hours
MGM415 Operations Management3 Hours
Year 3 – 3
PMG461 Project Business Analysis3 HoursPMG101
MGM414 Strategic Management3 Hours
MGM433 Decision Making3 Hours
PMG496 Final Project 13 HoursPMG341 & PMG354
Year 4 – 1
PMG506 Advanced Project Management4 HoursPMG341 & PMG354
PMG510 Project Risk Management3 HoursPMG354
PMG511 Project Leadership3 HoursPMG341
PMG497 Final Project 23 HoursPMG496
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