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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.

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Master of Science in Cyber Defense (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. 

Prefer online? If so, you've come to the right place. Offered entirely online, this program gives you the ability to advance 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.

“I decided the best way to help address issues in the human exploitation field is getting a degree in cybersecurity.”

Dustin Steinhagen, PhD student in Cyber Defense

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