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M.S. in Cybersecurity Curriculum

Making the World Smarter, Safer and Healthier


With YU's M.S. in Cybersecurity, you’ll develop the technological and managerial expertise to plan, implement, upgrade, monitor and audit cybersecurity protocols and procedures. As part of the coursework, you'll complete an industry-oriented final project and you'll be encouraged to gain hands-on experience by working in the industry through internships and independent study. The M.S. in Cybersecurity is also an approved training partner for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The M.S. in Cybersecurity can be completed full-time in just 15 months, part-time or 100% online at a pace that makes sense for you. View a typical course sequence for full-time students; part-time students can select one to two courses per semester in consultation with their program director. Review degree requirements below and download course descriptions here

Degree Requirements 

To earn the M.S. in Cybersecurity, you must complete 24 credits of required courses, including a capstone project, as well as six credits of elective courses which may include an internship. Courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. 

Core Requirements (8 courses/24 credits) 

  • CYB 5000 Cybersecurity Foundations 
  • CYB 5100 Architecture of Secure Operating Systems, Applications and Devices  
  • CYB 5200 Network, Data and Communications Security 
  • CYB 5300 Risk Management and Cybersecurity 
  • CYB 5400 Cybersecurity Audit, Assessment and Training (Cloud Security) 
  • TMG 5500 Leading Technology Organizations 
  • CYB 7992 E-Discovery, Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics 
  • CYB 6500 Cybersecurity Capstone 

Electives (2 courses/6 credits)*

  • ERM 5400 Business Continuity Planning and Crisis Communications 
  • MAN 5580 Project Management 
  • ERM 6050 Cybersecurity and Cyberterrorism 
  • CYB 6300 Cybercrime, Cyberwar and Threat Actors 
  • CYB 6400 Internship (1-3 credits) 
  • CYB 6450 Independent Study (1-3 credits) 

*Note: Electives offerings will vary each semester, therefore some choices will not be available for a particular cohort. 

Industry Certifications

The Katz School of Science and Health has partnered formally with a number of leading professional cybersecurity organizations to provide students in the M.S. in Cybersecurity program with the skills necessary for specializing in a particular discipline and to prepare them for exams that demonstrate the successful completion of specific courses.

Two Katz cybersecurity courses, “Cybersecurity Foundations” and “Cybersecurity Audit, Assessment and Testing,” are aligned, respectively, with (ISC)², the world’s leading cybersecurity professional organization that offers the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, and the Cloud Security Alliance, which grants the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) certification and defines best practices for ensuring a secure cloud-computing environment.

In addition, the Katz School has established partnerships with two cybersecurity software companies—CyberArk and Radware—which are offering Yeshiva University’s top students access to their professional training, as well as with ISACA, an international professional association focused on IT governance. Katz School students are invited to ISACA’s monthly cybersecurity forums and webinars; exceptional students are assigned industry mentors; and ISACA organizes and conducts cybersecurity competitions for student clubs among participating universities.

The NYC Cyber Ladies program, founded by program director Sivan Tehila, offers Katz cybersecurity students a variety of mentorship opportunities and complimentary access to special events.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is one of the world’s leading cybersecurity and IT security certifications, granted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)². CISSP confirms that students have the necessary skills to perform various security functions and to pursue an advanced career in IT security. (ISC)² supports those who hold the certification with exclusive resources, educational tools and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

Laptop Requirements

Students will use their laptops both inside and outside of class to access virtual simulation labs, the cyber range and other online resources. 

Minimum Hardware Specifications 

  • i5 processor or higher 
  • 8GB of RAM 
  • 128 GB Hard Drive (internal storage) 

Minimum Software Specifications 

Apple Laptop 
  • Sierra 10.12 or higher 
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2016 for Mac 
  • Anti-Virus program, such as McAfee or Norton for Apple 
Windows Laptop 
  • Microsoft 8 or higher 
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2016 for Windows 
  • Anti-Virus program, such as McAfee or Norton for Windows 
(ISC)² official training provider
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