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  • M.S. in Cybersecurity

    Because heroes can have desk jobs
    With an industry growing faster than any other, our program will help you protect the digital world our very lives depend upon.
    School of Liberal Arts
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx & Online

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Cybersecurity M.S. Curriculum

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

Cybersecurity Core

  • IASP 500 Topics in Information Security
  • IASP 505 Fndn Cybersecurity Sciences

Application Category

  • IASP 520 Data Mining/Knowledge Discover
  • IASP 525 Distributed Database/Security
  • IASP 530 Forensic Computing
  • IASP 565 Internet Media & Security
  • IASP 585 Applied Cryptography

Network Category

  • IASP 550 Firewall & Intrusion Detection
  • IASP 555 Mobile Technologies and Wireless Sensor Services
  • IASP 560 Wireless Network & Security

Legal/Management Category

  • IASP 510 Social Implication of Info Sec
  • IASP 540 Info Assurance & Mgt
  • IASP 580 IT Audit & Compliance

Special Category

  • IASP 590 Adv Top in Security Practices
  • IASP 595 Special Topics: Info Security
  • IASP 599 Independent Study
  • IASP 601 Master's Thesis


  • IASP 600 Master's Project

NOTE: 9 credits of Major Electives can be taken from any of the application, network, legal/management categories.

Online Courses

Every course in the program is offered both online and on-campus. In the case of one of the courses being cancelled due to low enrollment, students can register for the other, but are allowed to take it either online or on-campus.

Maintenance of Matriculation

It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registered over successive sessions. Registration is an accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintaining Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration.

Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintaining Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.

Capstone Advisement

Students who take the project option should complete their project within one semester, and thesis option within two consecutive terms. If students could not complete their work within the term(s), they should register for Capstone Continuation (IASP 890, equal to the cost of one graduate credit). Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms. 

A student's degree will not be released until Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student's record.

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing six credits. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation

All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course the student may be subject to dismissal from the College. For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student's program as well as the school dean. 

In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved, the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once. 

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation a student must complete all 30 credits of the program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Time Limit

Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years from the candidate's date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). An exception may be made by the program director if the student's request demonstrates circumstances beyond his or her control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time.

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How To Apply to the Cybersecurity M.S.

You’ll need:

  • A completed application for admission with the nonrefundable fee;
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions;
  • Two letters of recommendation that provide evidence of personal and/or professional qualifications for graduate study;
  • A two-page written personal statement about why you’re applying and what you expect to get out of it.
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.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
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.
If I have an associate’s degree, could I take the accelerated program?
Yes. For specifics on transferred credits please speak to program director.
Zhixiong Chen Professor, Cybersecurity
John Yoon Associate Professor, Cybersecurity
Ali Chettih Adjunct Faculty
Christopher Frenz Adjunct Faculty

Cybersecurity Overview

In today's world there is nothing more important than acquiring the advanced education and skills to protect our private data. Companies, governments, law enforcement and individuals all face the growing complexities in our increasingly interconnected world and the need to both safeguard data and prepare for the worst.  Your work in the M.S. Cybersecurity program will prepare you for a career in a government agency, law enforcement, private companies, hospitals, health care organizations and IT departments.

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.

Cybersecurity FAQS

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.
If I have an associate’s degree, could I take the accelerated program?
Yes. For specifics on transferred credits please speak to program director.
Degree in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Fast Facts

  • 5-Year B.S./M.S. Program or 18-Month M.S.
  • Real-World Educators
  • GRE Optional
  • Flexible and Online Options

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.


The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is designed to prepare students with the technical skills and analytical abilities to secure data files, defend computers, shield computer networks and protect critical national electronic infrastructure. Information systems and computer networks are under constant threat and attack from hackers, viruses and worms. Nothing could be more important than protecting the digital world our very lives depend on. The curriculum in the program not only builds solid foundation in information assurance and security but also follows the latest development in the field closely.

Mercy College Cybersecurity Education Center is one of the federally designated Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Please refer to the center website:

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Cybersecurity program include:
  1. Baccalaureate transcript.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. At least one letter of recommendation that provides evidence of personal and/or professional qualifications for graduate study.
  4. A two-page written Personal Statement stating the reasons for applying to the program and how the applicant can benefit by its completion.
  5. Foundational knowledge in computer programming, computer networking and database management demonstrated by transcripts and/or IT related work experiences and certificates. Students are required to take IASP 505 (Foundations of Cybersecurity Science) to refresh their domain knowledge.
  6. Students with a GPA below 3.0 and/or with no proof of domain knowledge are required to make an appointment for an interview with the program head. 

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).

Cybersecurity Objectives

The Cybersecurity program offers students a combination of strong foundation in theory and practical skills in security and privacy engineering. Graduates of this program will understand security and privacy from technological, legal and managerial perspectives. They will be prepared to create, implement and oversee security systems and security policies. They are positioned for the advanced supervisory positions in the field such as Information System Security Officer, Network Security administrator, Information Security Analyst, Forensic Analyst, IT Auditor, Information System Governance Officer, Information Assurance Engineer and Information Assurance Analyst. Moreover, graduates will be prepared for acquiring professional certificates like Certified Information System Security Professionals (CISSP).

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Identify types of risks, cyber threats and cyber attacks through wired and wireless network communications
  • Design, develop, and implement to prove the concepts of cyber defense, cyber offense, cyber investigation and cyber management
  • Identify research problems, compare with previous approaches, develop solutions and discuss the research results
  • Understand the privacy of information, information hiding, information assurance, information encryption/decryption
  • Function effectively in a team to complete prototyping of detection, prevention and protection for internal and external cyber attacks and cyber intrusions
  • Acquire and validate evidence related to cyber crimes from personal computers, smartphones, infrastructure hosts, wired and wireless networks