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Cybersecurity Overview

Information systems and computer networks are under constant attack from hackers, viruses and worms. The Cybersecurity Master of Science degree prepares students with the technical and analytical skills to secure data files, defend computers, shield computer networks and protect critical national electronic infrastructure. 

Students can pursue careers as: network security administrators, information security administrators or IT auditors and many other positions. 

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Career Opportunities

Students in the cybersecurity program can pursue careers as:

  • Information system security officer 
  • Network security administrator 
  • Information security analyst
  • Forensic analyst 
  • IT auditor 
  • Information system governance officer 
  • Information assurance engineer 
  • Information assurance analyst 

32% Growth

Career Outcomes
Career outcomes are expected to rise
32% through 2028* 

$122K Salary

Average Pay
For information security analysts
in the New York region 

30 Credits 

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree 
Classes in forensic computing, wireless communication & security and applied cryptography

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

  • Take courses on-campus, online or a hybrid of the two
  • The program is offered fully online
  • The National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recruit directly from our programs

 

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity should be able to:

  • Identify the types of risks, cyber threats, the levels of vulnerabilities in cyber infrastructure.
  • Analyze and evaluate the capabilities of computing power, storages, media, and networking.
  • Operate or develop software for detecting and preventing the attack or intrusion over wired and wireless communications.
  • Analyze or develop crypto algorithms for encryption and decryption of data over wired or wireless communication or stored media.
  • Analyze and formalize security policies, standards and rules to real-world applications.
  • Communicate Cybersecurity concepts, designs, regulations, ethical practices and solutions effectively and professionally.
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5-Year B.S./M.S. Cybersecurity Program

Our Dual Degree Program in Cybersecurity provides talented students the opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degree in only five years. Graduates of this challenging but rewarding dual program go on to take leadership positions in business and in the government.

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Bridge Program

Mercy College has partnered with the NYU Tandon Bridge Program to provide students without a background in science or computers a path toward earning their M.S. in Cybersecurity or M.S. in Computer Science degree. 

Cybersecurity Accolades

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the academic requirements?

Graduates from other fields will be accepted provided they complete the following prerequisite courses prior to starting the graduate program: Local Area Networks, Database Management Systems, Cryptography and Computer Security, Operating Systems, and Statistics.

If I have an associate’s degree, could I take the accelerated program?

Yes. For specifics on transferred credits please speak to program director.

English isn’t my native language. Is there an English language requirement?

You must demonstrate proficiency in English. That means reading, writing, speaking and an understanding of the spoken language at a graduate level. Proficiency will be determined by a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a test(s) approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Cybersecurity Core: 6 Credits
Application Category: 3 credits
Network Category: 3 credits
Legal/Management Category: 3 credits
Special Category: 3 credits
Major Electives: 9 credits 
Capstone: 3 credits

Total: 30 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 

 

Degree Requirements

30 credits are required to earn an M.S. in Cybersecurity. The courses are listed below. The Master’s Project (IASP 600) is optional. Students who successfully complete a Master’s Project (IASP 600) may obtain approval from the program head to complete a Master’s Thesis (IASP 601).

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Cybersecurity program include:

  1. Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA
  2. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  3. 1 letter of recommendation
  4. Personal statement

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