Master of Science

MS in Cyber Security

There are cyber threats out there, affecting business, lives and livelihoods. We have to be safe, no matter the cost. Every year, companies spend thousands, even millions, of dollars on cyber security. Our master’s degree will help you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in multiple work roles in the cyber security.

Graduate Program Tabs

Housed in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, TU’s master’s in cyber security stands above other programs that are more computer-science oriented. Our approach to cyber security is focused around students understanding threats and risk, legal and policy issues, and cyber technical skills, thus giving students a well-rounded education. TU’s lab in the Center for Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics, allowing students a place to not only explore new technologies but to hone cyber security skills.

TU’s outcomes are aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and three overall goals.

  • Identifying the knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks that are required to succeed in multiple work roles;
  • Using a common lexicon which will allow for a universal understanding throughout the cybersecurity discipline; and
  • Utilize the results of an iterative proficiency analysis to determine refined expectations for workforce performance at different position levels.

These outcomes are sure to prepare students to meet the expectations of the workplace.

There is a significant shortage of cyber security professionals destined to only increase due to a rapidly growing profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2017 that information security jobs will increase 37% by 2022, which is three times the average growth rate for all other occupations. The BLS also reports that the average salary for a cyber security analyst with an advanced degree earns an average of $95,510 annually. This high average salary speaks to the shortage of qualified personnel in the field of cyber security. Currently, according to, there are 313,735 job openings nationally and 7,361 openings in Ohio alone, with most requiring advanced degrees.

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.


“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Cyber Security major – 30 hours

  • CDS510 Introduction to Cyber Security
  • CDS511 Introduction to Information Systems and Operating Systems
  • CDS512 Law and Ethics in Cyber Security
  • CDS513 Network Security
  • CDS520 Cyber Threat Intelligence Analysis
  • CDS522 Cyber Resilience
  • CDS620 Cyber Investigations and Incident Management
  • CDS622 Cybersecurity Management
  • CDS630 Global Cyber Operations
  • CDS640 Executive Cyber Leadership

Total MS – 30 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Introduction to Cyber Security (CDS510) – Introduction to Cyber Security teaches the basic concepts and principles of information security, and the fundamental approaches to secure computers and networks. Some of the topics covered in this course are security basics, security management and risk assessment, software security, operating systems security, database security, cryptography algorithms and protocols, network authentication and secure network applications, malicious malware, network threats and defenses, web security, and privacy.

Introduction to Information Systems and Operating Systems (CDS511) – Introduction to Information Systems and Advanced Operating Systems addresses a broad range of topics in operating system design and implementation. Operating system structuring, synchronization, communication, and failure and recovery management will all be covered.

Law and Ethics in Cyber Security (CDS512) – Law and Ethics in Cyber Security focuses on the ways that law, ethics and cyber security overlap and intersect. This course will also cover the laws related to intellectual property, civil litigation, criminal prosecutions, and privacy. An exploration of ethics and cybersecurity, as well as of workplace ethics will be covered in this course.

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.


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    - Xin Guo, China

    Xin Guo
  • Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015
    "I chose TU because of its reputation for excellence, national recognition, many extracurricular opportunities and because it offers in a small, diverse college environment. I have learned the significance of academics, leadership, diversity, communication, and relationships. TU allowed me to get out of my comfort zone in order to lead and inspire. It has prepared me to make wise and imperative decisions that will benefit me in my career and my life.”

    – Ivan Santiago, Class of 2015

    Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015
  • TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community, then TU is place for you.

    -Alexis Mohr '06

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

    Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

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