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Master of Science in Cyber Defense (MSCD)

Secure and protect

As more complex technology is invented, the need for cyber defense increases. With an MS in Cyber Defense from DSU, you gain the expertise to stay ahead of hackers, prevent and detect attacks, and protect valuable business assets.

Join our online program and discover what it means to lead strategic technical efforts. Become an expert in data privacy, computer forensics, and intrusion detection. Gain knowledge in cyber security incidents through incident response, forensic imaging, and computer forensics. Work with world-class faculty who are experts in the field.

Since our program is entirely online, you can continue your professional career while getting your degree. 

Graduate with recognized excellence

At DSU, we have a recognized excellence in cyber security, education, and research that is central to our mission. We currently hold four prestigious Centers of Academic Excellence Designations from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, including the most technical for Cyber Operations and the most prestigious as a Cyber Defense Consultative Regional Resource Center, one of only four university-based centers in the nation.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the MS degree in Cyber Defense, students will:

  • Be able to prevent network attacks through risk management, vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection, and penetration testing
  • Be knowledgeable about best practices to respond to external or internal cybersecurity incidents through incident response, forensic imaging, memory forensics and computer forensics
  • Be able to protect data through cryptography and through offensive and defensive security practices