Master of Science in Cyber Defense

To secure and protect.

Our dependence on computer networks is growing—and so is our vulnerability to cyber attacks. You can help secure and protect information, prevent digital attacks, and develop security strategies for any organization with an MSCYDF degree.

You’ll take classes in data privacy, computer forensics, hacking, and intrusion detection. You’ll learn how to lead strategic technical efforts and consider all aspects of a network as it relates to your chosen industry. 

But best of all, you’ll be challenged every day, and come away from the program as an expert in the exciting field of cyber security.

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Job possibilities

Every year, the federal government reports that thousands of computer and network security jobs have gone unfilled–—and demand for cyber security professionals only continues to grow.

With this degree, you’ll be the perfect fit for jobs in network or cyber security, penetration testing, incident response, system administration, cyber security, and many other areas of technology.

Benefits of getting your MSCYDF at DSU

Best Online Universities for AffordabilityNationally recognized faculty. Cutting-edge research and equipment. Affordable Midwestern-based cost. Holistic Defense in Depth approach to information assurance education.

These are the things that set this renowned master’s program above the rest.

In fact, both the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated DSU as a national center of excellence in information assurance education.

Career advancement is another important consideration for those seeking a master’s degree. Whether you’re currently working as a network admin, security admin, help desk manager, incident responder, or systems administrator, you’ll be able to advance your career and integrate cyber security into your current career path and beyond. Positions MSCYDF students achieve after graduation include risk management director, cyber security analyst, information assurance analyst, among other leading positions. 

Apply to our MSCYDF program

You may want to consider sending in your application as soon as possible—this is a popular program and it tends to fill up quickly.

And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to read up on our program-specific admission requirements for the MSCYDF before applying.

Apply to our MSCYDF program today!

Get your degree online

Our Master of Science in Cyber Defense program is also offered completely online.


Next steps

See what classes you’ll be taking in our Graduate Catalog. Check up on when and how to apply to this program with the timelines and requirements, or meet MSCYDF faculty online or during a campus visit. You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.

What Alumni Say

Gerald Auger

"A perfect blend of affordability, ease of accessibility, quality of faculty and NSA accredited. I also liked the quality of the program. The labs are well maintained to provide hands on experience. The program is balanced providing both technical skills and managerial skills (policies/procedures), which are critical for a balanced effective security program. "

Gerald Auger '11
Job Title: Senior Information Security Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton
Major: Master of Science in Information Assurance