Cybersecurity, Master of Science

Welcome to the Online Cybersecurity, Master of Science Program
at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Cybercrime is reaching epidemic proportions around the globe, leaving no individual, business or government immune from the threat of attack. Ransomware alone is now a billion-dollar industry affecting companies, service providers and governments at a staggering and costly rate.*

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

*National Cybersecurity Society

Why choose the University of Nevada, Reno for your online Cybersecurity, Master of Science?

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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.

Our university emphasizes four core values:

  • 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

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 to create two pathways toward graduation. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, or science and a minimum experience that includes the equivalent of a Computer Science or Computer Engineering minor start with the core courses while applicants not having the above experience start with two bridge courses and then directed toward the core courses.

Our online master’s in cybersecurity courses cover:

  • Cybersecurity Law and Ethics
  • Internet Security
  • Mobile Computing Security and Privacy
  • Digital Forensics
  • Blockchain
  • Cryptography

What types of jobs are available to cybersecurity professionals?

According to a recently released report, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021.* The University of Nevada, Reno online cybersecurity program provides training for a broad range of opportunities, such as the following:

  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Chief Security Officer (CSO)
  • Cloud Security Architect
  • Counterespionage Analyst
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Digital Forensics Analyst
  • Cyber Intelligence Specialist
  • IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) Security Specialist

*Cybersecurity Ventures
**Red Team Security Consulting

The cybersecurity market is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020.* The top 6 industries targeted by cyberattacks in 2018 were**:

  • Business
  • Health Care
  • Financial Services
  • Government Agencies
  • Higher Education
  • Utilities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 28% national growth rate for information security analysts from 2016 to 2026.

Top 10 cybersecurity companies in the U.S.:*

1.  CyberArk Software
2.  Cisco
3.  IBM
4.  Microsoft

5.  Amazon (Amazon Web Services)
6.  FireEye
7.  Lockheed Martin

8.   Check Point Software
9.   Symantec
10. BAE Systems

Admission requirements:

Applicants to the online cybersecurity master of science degree program should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, or science and have minimum experience that includes the equivalent of a Computer Science or Computer Engineering minor. Applicants should further meet the following minimum criteria and the materials for admission:

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • A one-page personal statement describing career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Resume/CV

Applicants not having the above experience must first enroll in both bridge courses and secure a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the bridge courses before acceptance to this online master’s degree program.

Cybersecurity curriculum

The Cybersecurity, Master’s of Science is a 30-credit-hour program without the two bridge courses and a 36-credit-hour program with the bridge courses.

Core Courses

CS 645Internet Security3 Credits
CS 647Computer Systems Administration3 Credits
CS 650Fundamentals of Integrated Computer Security3 Credits
CS 653Mobile Computing Security and Privacy3 Credits
CS 654Reliability and Security of Computing Systems3 Credits
CS 701 Intro to Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity3 Credits
CS 702 Cybersecurity Law and Ethics3 Credits
CS 703Game Theory for Cybersecurity3 Credits
CS 704Digital Forensics3 Credits
CS 705Cryptography and Blockchain3 Credits

Bridge Courses

CS 601Fundamentals of Computer Science3 Credits
CS 646 Operating Systems3 Credits

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