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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Cyber Defense Master of Science (MSCD)

Secure and protect

Put your skills to the test and advance your career.

With an MS in Cyber Defense from DSU, you gain the expertise needed to stay ahead of hackers, protect valuable business assets, and prevent and detect attacks.

Gain knowledge in cyber security incidents through incident response, forensic imaging, and computer forensics. Discover what it means to lead strategic technical efforts. Become an expert in data privacy, computer forensics, and intrusion detection. Ensure the availability of information systems. Work with world-class faculty who are some of the nation's top authorities when it comes to battling digital crimes. Get prepared for a promising career. 

Offered entirely online, this program gives you the ability to advance your professional career while getting your degree. 

CAE in Cybersecurity Seal

Graduate with recognized excellence

At DSU, we have a recognized excellence in cyber security, education, and research that is central to our mission. The National Security Agency (NSA) has designated our cyber defense program as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). DSU holds all three of the prestigious National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) designations, one of only ten universities in the nation. The NSA’s CAE designations represent the high academic quality of DSU cybersecurity programs.

Learning outcomes

The Masters of Science in Cyber Defense (MSCD) degree is designed to prepare professionals who will have the skills to:

  • Prevent network attacks through risk management, vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection, and penetration testing. 
  • Respond to cyber security incidents (external or internal) through incident response, forensic imaging, memory forensics and computer forensics.
  • Protect data through cryptography.
  • Protect data through security practices (offensive and defensive).