Cybersecurity Program Overview
Cybersecurity is a growing concern in the increasingly interconnected digital landscape. Breaches in cybersecurity can lead to serious consequences for consumers, patients and companies. These breaches can also impact municipal, state and federal government agencies. There is a high demand for fully trained cybersecurity specialists in all areas of the country and global community. To meet this rising demand, Grand Canyon University has developed a Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. This is offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
Students in the MS in Cybersecurity program develop a keen understanding of the many factors that influence and jeopardize cybersecurity. This comprehensive program trains candidates to safeguard systems, data, processes and people through the use of white hat practices. Digital forensics, penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and exploitation techniques are examined. The modern curriculum includes the exploration of cyber-warfare and cyber-defense issues.
Earn an Online MS in Cybersecurity
As a modern university, GCU understands the need for flexible learning paths. You can earn your MS in Cybersecurity while continuing to meet your current obligations. Our dynamic online learning platform enables you to collaborate with and learn from your peers. The online Master’s in Cybersecurity requires a total of 34 credits for completion. Most of the online courses take eight weeks to complete.
During this program, candidates develop core competencies that enable them to serve as industry leaders. Students learn the advanced technical skills necessary to defend organizations from cyber-attacks. At the same time, they enhance their communication skills, critical thinking abilities and leadership qualities.
There is an emphasis on the Christian worldview and ethical decision-making in the digital sphere. This MS in Cybersecurity gives students a firm grasp on the Hackers with Halos™ methodology. Hackers with Halos™ is an approach that embraces Christian ethics and principles and applies them to white hat computer applications.
Career Opportunities with a Master of Science in Cybersecurity
GCU’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity offers students intensive, hands-on learning experiences to thoroughly prepare them to pursue challenging, high-tech careers. The following learning objectives and core competencies are included:
- Risk assessment, countermeasures, security policies and frameworks
- Ideologies of cyber-crime, identification of attack vectors and impact analysis of failed security measures
- Policy perspectives on security design
- Protection of intellectual property through encryption, hardware security and layered security defense strategies
The degree culminates with a capstone course: Cybersecurity Program Development. Students are required to develop a full cybersecurity program, taking any ethical or legal challenges into consideration.
Some of the job opportunities in the cybersecurity career field may include:
- Corporate information security officer (CISO)
- Corporate security officer (CSO)
- Director of security
- Senior security engineer/architect
- Senior security application developer
- Information security analyst
It is recommended that individuals with an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field of study consider applying for GCU’s Bridge (Master of Science in Cybersecurity) before applying for the MS in Cybersecurity degree. Students interested in changing careers can use the bridge program to acquire the necessary foundational knowledge, and to prepare for success in the MS program.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.