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.

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.

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