Why You Should Get a Masters in Science in Cyber Security

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Are you interested in working in the dynamic field of cybersecurity? If so, then Grand Canyon University’s new degree program may offer you the ideal educational foundation to pursue your career goals. Offered through the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, our Master of Science in Cybersecurity program focuses on different many interdependent areas of cyber security and helps students develop the skills that they need to understand cyber warfare and cyber defense.

This, along with training in the use of cybersecurity tools, techniques for penetration testing, digital forensics and vulnerability assessment, helps ready students to protect an organization’s data, processes, systems and people. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect from the Master of Science in Cyber Security program:

Increase Your IT and Security Competencies

As they complete this degree in cybersecurity, students develop the skills needed to apply Hackers-with-Halos™ methodology preparing them to join and lead a network of skilled professionals who perform their work from a Christian worldview. As you study, you will be applying your learning to tasks like configuring and maintaining remote-access servers, client systems, conducting assessments and analyzing vulnerabilities.

Experience Theoretical and Hands-On Learning

While earning this degree, you can expect to study course topics such as innovation in modern cybersecurity frameworks, enterprise security, security architectures, secure infrastructure design and implementation of technical security solutions. The program’s culminating course, Cyber Security Program Development, exposes students to the challenges of building a comprehensive cyber security program.

Step into a Professional Cyber Security Role

This degree program can prepare you to play a crucial role in the security of an organization. Some of the potential career opportunities for graduates of GCU’s Master of Science in Cyber Security program include corporate security officer (CSO), corporate information security officer (CISO), senior security architect, director of security, information security analyst, Information Systems Security Officer/Manager (ISSO/ISSM), Security Operations Center (SOC) analyst, Incident Responder, Compliance Manager and senior security application developer.

The Benefits of Getting a Masters in Cybersecurity

Why should you get a masters in cybersecurity? Here are just a few of the many benefits:

  • Give Learners Confidence
  • Build Character
  • Help Students with Networking
  • Invest in your future
  • Stand out in today’s job market
  • Pursue your interests in great technical depth
  • Contribute to the cybersecurity community
  • Receive academic recognition
  • Work with the best in every industry

Going forward and getting a masters in cybersecurity allows learners to meet all sorts of people within the industry. From professors to fellow learners to industry professionals, learners will be within reach of them all. Networking will help them find future jobs and gain insightful advice.

More Job Opportunities

With meeting more people and gaining more knowledge, you will enjoy opportunities to expand your job search. Employers want to see growth and seeing a willingness to learn in their employees and pursuing a masters in cybersecurity will demonstrate just that. 

Potential Jobs

Earning a masters degree in cybersecurity opens new doors to new opportunities. You will have a higher education that will allow you to move up the ladder faster. Here are a few additional jobs you will be qualified for:

• Digital Forensics Analyst

• Penetration Tester

• Security Administrator

• Security Analyst

• Security Architect

• Security Auditor

• Security Manager

• Vulnerability Assessor

If you think that a career in cyber security is right for you and would like to find out more about our Master of Science in Cyber Security, then visit the GCU website or use the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.


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