Curriculum

30 credits | Master of Science | Full or Part time | On Campus or Online | Evening Classes

With YU's MS 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 real companies through internships and independent study. YU's MS in Cybersecurity is also an approved training partner for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

The MS in Cybersecurity can be completed full-time in just 15 months or part-time at a pace that makes sense for you. View a typical course sequence for full-time students; part-time students select 1-2 courses per semester in consultation with their program director. Review degree requirements below, and download course descriptions here.

Degree Requirements

To earn the MS 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 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.

Core Requirements (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 & Computer Forensics
  • CYB 6500 Cybersecurity Capstone
Electives (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.

ISC2 training provider

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 a broad exclusive resources, educational tools, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

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