Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Norwich’s 36-credit online cybersecurity program is composed of six courses, each 11 weeks in length. Students master one course at a time to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.
Our graduates can:
- Apply technical and management skills needed to pursue leadership positions in information security
- Gain extensive knowledge in information security best practices, organizational structure and policy development, the regulatory environment, and management strategies
- Develop a thorough foundation in the business, governance, and policy decisions that lead to effective solutions to current and emerging security threats
Our specialized program curriculum blends the management and technical aspects of an information security/assurance program, enabling you to develop the skills required to protect your organization and its critical information.
Tailor Your Cybersecurity Degree
After completing the core curriculum, you choose a concentration that suits your career and professional goals.
Computer Forensic Investigation and Incident Response Team Management
Through this concentration, you can learn to create, train, and manage a computer security incident response team (CSIRT) and examine the protocols for conducting computer forensic investigations.
Critical Infrastructure Protection & Cyber Crime
Our coursework examines the security of information critical to national security and the nature of conflict in cyberspace. This course will also strengthen your knowledge of supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) in the flow of resources such as electricity, water, and fuel.
Cyber Law & International Perspectives on Cyberspace
Focus on the legal and policy measures related to cyber breaches and learn to implement international cyberspace policies. Strengthen your knowledge of key topics including privacy and intellectual property, electronic contracting, non-repudiation, and fair information practices.
Learn the key elements of project management, including the project process, scope, time, cost, quality, and schedule management. Students will take Project Management Techniques, Tools and Practices (GB544) and then choose either Project Management Leadership, Communications and Teams (GB554) or Strategic Management in Project Management (GB564).
Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Business Administration Program.
Accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)
PMI accreditation of Norwich’s project management concentration signifies that the courses meet the comprehensive academic quality and excellence standards necessary in the industry. Completion of Norwich’s project management courses only fulfills the education requirement for students interested in seeking certification through PMI. To obtain PMI certifications, such as the Project Management Professional (PMP) or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designations, students will need to separately pursue the certification process administered through PMI, which includes submitting an application to PMI, acceptance by PMI of your application, and passing a certification exam administered by PMI.
Explore how to conduct legal and ethical security tests and vulnerability assessments and learn to use key open source tools such as the Metasploit Framework.
Procurement and Government Contract Management
The concentration focuses on the methods and processes of procurement and contract management at all levels of government management - federal, state, and local.
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University has developed the courses within this concentration based upon NIGP’s publications and current standards in order to support the educational goals of the public procurement professional.
Our online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program ends in a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Norwich covers the cost of the student's meals and accommodations on campus.
Career Opportunities for Cybersecurity Graduates
The cybersecurity market is expected to grow from a $75 billion industry in 2015 to a $170 billion industry by 2020.*
The demand for cybersecurity professionals is high, which means salaries are, too. Those in the field command an average salary 9% higher than other IT workers, according to the Job Market Intelligence: Cybersecurity Jobs 2015 report.
Career opportunities for those earning a Master of Science in Cybersecurity are on the rise, outpacing the availability of qualified professionals in the industry.
Our graduates have pursued a variety of roles, including:
- Chief Information Assurance Officer
- Chief Information Security Officer
- Chief Risk Manager
- Cyber Security Engineer
- Director of Information Systems
- IT Security Manager
- IT Specialist
- Network Engineer
- Security Compliance Manager
- Security Liaison
Our alumni have attained positions at top organizations, including:
- Baxter Healthcare
- Pacific Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health
- Louisiana Tech University
- Naval Undersea Warfare Center
- Triad Retail Media
- E3 Technologies, Inc.
- Madison Gas and Electric Company
- American Family Insurance
- Worldwide Language Resources
What our graduates have to say:
- of responding graduates stated that their Norwich education gave them a competitive edge in the job market.**
- of responding alumni would recommend Norwich’s online program to someone they know.**
- Read more about our student outcomes.
**Source: Norwich University Master of Science Information Security & Assurance Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016
Our Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is led by dedicated faculty and staff members who are available to help you reach your academic, professional, and personal goals.
Our faculty members hold advanced degrees and industry certifications and are subject matter experts and practitioners in topics including organizational governance, cybersecurity threats, risk management, and cyber crisis management.
We have an in-house instructional design team who work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure a world-class, efficient, and interactive online learning experience in each course.
A team of distinguished professionals from the industry and field offer their expertise and guidance as advisory board members for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program.
Now more than ever, organizations are looking for cybersecurity experts. Norwich University’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program can help you develop the business acumen and management skills needed to lead the field. Graduates of our program are armed with the skills they need to help ensure that information assets are understood, valued, and protected within the complex business enterprise.
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- Computer Forensic Investigation and Incident Response Team Management
- Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Crime
- Cyber Law and International Perspectives on Cyberspace
- Project Management
- Vulnerability Management
- Procurement and Government Contract Management
Tailor your learning experience with six concentration options.
Benefit from enhanced classroom experiences and practical learning activities during Residency.
Join a program ranked #2 for cybersecurity by the Ponemon Institute (2014).
Learn from one of the earliest institutions to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education* by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Benefit from a leader in information assurance instruction for more than a decade.
Receive continuing professional education credits as a member of ISACA or (ISC)2.
Apply to one of four start dates per year.
*Now referred to as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
Accreditation & Recognition
Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.
Norwich University has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Get to know the graduates of Norwich’s online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (formerly M.S. in Information Security & Assurance) program.Resources
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At a Glance
- No GRE/GMAT required
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST
Transfer CreditsYou may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
International AdmissionsNorwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
Norwich Alumni BenefitsReconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As a part of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
Norwich provides a top-notch educational experience; we also work hard to help make it affordable. There are many ways to get financial aid and several strategies to help you finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.
Tuition at a Glance
- Credit Hours: 36
- Cost Per Credit Hour: $850
Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time
Students can choose from a variety of courses specific to their interests in the field of cybersecurity. Course topics include foundations and historical underpinning of information assurance, use of technological defenses against threats, exploitations of vulnerabilities in information systems, operations security, and risk management.
Students can choose one of six concentrations:
- Computer Forensics and Incident Response Management
- Critical Infrastructure Protection & Cyber Crime
- Cyber Law & International Perspectives on Cyberspace
- Project Management
- Vulnerability Management
- Procurement and Government Contract Management
The purpose of the case study is to make real-world assessments of security principles and practices and apply lessons learned in the program to that real-world environment. The cybersecurity program recognizes that there are confidentiality concerns, and has put in place safeguards in order to maintain confidentiality.
Our alumni have found employment with notable organizations such as the U.S. Army, Boeing, Bank of America, Department of Defense, IBM, AT&T, and Fidelity.
Cybersecurity program instructors all have advanced degrees (some are terminal) and must be currently certified as a CISSP or CISM. Other certifications may be honored if they relate to specific curriculum areas. They must demonstrate enthusiasm for university/college-level teaching, and solid, practical experience in information assurance. The faculty roster includes practitioners, publishers, speakers, writers, teachers, consultants, and senior executives.
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
- The GRE is not required to apply, but may be requested based upon an applicant's undergraduate GPA.
- If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test or iBT) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
The program's six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.
In addition to the University’s regional accreditation, Norwich has been certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
In the past, students have had the opportunity to take their exams while at Norwich University as the exams’ timing coincided with the Residency Conference, although there is no direct preparation or connection to the residency activities.
- Credit Hours - 36
- Price Per Credit - $850
- Term Tuition - $5,100
- Technology - $300/term
- Library - $75/term
- Graduation - $150/one-time
- Total Program Cost (6 terms): $33,000
When you apply for admission to the cybersecurity program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.
Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.
Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.
Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient.
Norwich Alumni Scholarship
Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.
Active Duty Military Scholarship
Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.
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