Cybersecurity, Master of Science

Earn Your Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Online
at the University of Nevada, Reno

Summer Applications Due:
Thursday, Apr. 6, 2023

Summer Classes Start:
Monday, May 15, 2023

In the fast-paced world of cybersecurity, staying ahead of change means constantly reinventing yourself with new skills to meet the moment. From seasoned professionals to recent graduates, a degree can give you the currency you’ll need to jumpstart your career as a cybersecurity analyst, security engineer, ethical hacker and more.

The online cybersecurity master’s program at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been designed to prepare a new generation of cybersecurity professionals with the technical and critical thinking skills, leadership insights and theoretical knowledge to address evolving cybersecurity challenges.

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Earn a master’s degree entirely dedicated to cybersecurity, not a concentration offering only a few courses.

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Learn from industry experts and faculty active in the cybersecurity field.

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Study at an R1 Carnegie Classification research institution.

Get ahead. Stay ahead. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics or science and experience that includes the equivalent of a computer science or computer engineering minor start with the core courses. You’ll focus on gaining the technical and leadership skills needed to pursue cybersecurity roles in industries from tech to finance, and everything in between.

You don’t need a computer science background to become a cybersecurity professional.

Switching careers to become a cybersecurity professional can give you the career growth you’ve been looking for in a thriving field. Applicants who have a nontraditional background, without the experience listed above, start with two bridge courses before beginning the core courses.

If you have a computer science degree or experience, your master’s program begins with the core courses.

A University of Nevada, Reno, cybersecurity master’s program gives you the practical and theoretical knowledge to excel in your field and take on leadership roles in your organization. Our enrollment advisors can discuss your goals and help you understand what you need to pursue a master’s in cybersecurity.

Prepare for Leading Industry Certifications

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is closely aligned to many highly regarded industry certifications. As you complete courses, you will be better prepared for the following certifications:

  • (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  • GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)
  • GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE)
  • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • (ISC)2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  • GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

Our core values are another way we stand apart from other programs:

  • Excellence in all of our endeavors.
  • Integrity in all our actions.
  • Inclusiveness of diverse cultures and identities.
  • Collaboration between disciplines, programs, community partners and stakeholders.

About our 100% online Cybersecurity, Master of Science Program

Earn your advanced degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, while maintaining your current commitments. Our flexible program allows you to learn while you work and apply new knowledge to your current position.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, we’ve structured our curriculum so that you start the master’s program in cybersecurity with either core or bridge courses, depending on your background. All of our courses will help you develop technical, leadership and critical thinking skills.

The technical courses will have you focused on the hands-on practice of protecting systems and networks against digital attacks. If you’re coming into the world of cybersecurity from a nontraditional background, your path will start with the Bridge Courses to give you a foundation in computer science. Then, all students will learn to identify, formulate, analyze and solve complex computing or engineering problems by applying principles of computing, engineering, science and mathematics.

The leadership courses provide the knowledge, insight and training to create a generation of cyber leaders who are prepared to embed security in every level of a company’s operations. Our courses prepare you to analyze and tackle threats while playing a vital, senior role in an organization’s structure.

Our online master’s in cybersecurity courses cover:

  • Fundamentals of Computer Security
  • Internet Security
  • Computer Systems Administration
  • Mobile Computing Security and Privacy
  • Digital Forensics
  • Blockchain
  • Cryptography
  • Cybersecurity Law and Ethics
  • NIST Security Framework and Compliance

Admission requirements:

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution.
  • Applicants having minimum GPA of 2.75 and computer science minor equivalency or better will be directly admitted into the core program.
  • Applicants not having the minimum computer science minor equivalency or with GPA below 2.75 will be considered for admission into the bridge program (two bridge courses) before taking the core courses.
    • Bridge program candidates must successfully complete (as per UNR Graduate School Policy) two bridge courses (6 units) before starting core classes (30 units).

All applicants must also submit

  • One-page personal statement describing career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Proof of residency required to confirm students reside sanctioned countries or regions. Examples below: 
    1. Copy of current driver’s license 
    2. Water bill 
    3. Power bill 
    4. Waste Management bill 
    5. Lease agreement