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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. 

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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* 

*US Bureau of Labor Statistics

$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:

  • List the fundamental concepts of information assurance and cyber defense.
  • Identify the vulnerabilities in network infrastructures, and monitor the attack activities.
  • Describe proactive/reactive protocols, tools and techniques, apply the countermeasures.
  • Produce secure software components and perform software security analysis.
  • Describe cryptographic protocols, tools and techniques and apply crypto algorithms.
  • List applicability of laws and policies and describe the compliances and their impacts.
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Application Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Cybersecurity program include:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Résumé
  3. Personal Statement
    • Describe your academic and/or professional preparation, your interest in Cybersecurity  and your plan of study. 
    • Career plans upon completion can also be included  in your statement for additional consideration. 
    • The statement should not exceed 600 words. 
  4. Letter of Recommendation

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 just 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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Full-Time Faculty

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Usman Rauf Assistant Professor, Cybersecurity
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John Yoon Professor

Program Director, Cybersecurity

Director, Mercy Cybersecurity Education Center

Part-Time Faculty

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George Ackerman Adjunct Instructor, Cybersecurity
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Guozhen An Adjunct Instructor, Cybersecurity
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Ali Chettih Adjunct Professor, Cybersecurity
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Merlinda Drini-Prelvukaj Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cybersecurity

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the academic requirements?

Graduates will be accepted provided they fully understand concepts and possess necessary skills in coding or scripting, computer networking and computer systems (operating systems, database systems or cloud systems) prior to or during the first semester. 

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. Full course information is listed in our catalog.

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).