Public safety and private organization infrastructure more and more rely on information technology and cybersecurity. The cybersecurity concentration (as part of the Master of Business & Science degree) is designed to meet the burgeoning demand. It provides rigorous cybersecurity curriculum in information assurance, information systems, computer security and systems reliability, paired with business and policy courses. The goal is to create a well-rounded cybersecurity professional that understands the technology and how it relates to business and legal issues. Students will gain mission-critical skills to secure information technology infrastructure and also the business skills for becoming strategic experts and leaders.

Employment Opportunities

Cybersecurity jobs are in demand and growing across the country. Burning Glass 2015 Job Market Intelligence report shows that American employers have realized the vital importance of cybersecurity and there is a near-term shortage of workers. Computer World Magazine’s 2015 survey of 194 IT executives found that security is ranked #4 in top 10 IT skills. The Burning Glass report identifies that job postings for cybersecurity openings have grown three times as fast as openings for IT jobs overall and it takes companies longer to fill cybersecurity positions than other IT jobs. Cybersecurity workers can command an average salary premium of nearly $6,500 per year, or 9% more than other IT workers. The Professional Services, Finance, and Manufacturing/Defense sectors have the highest demand for cybersecurity jobs. The fastest increases in demand for cybersecurity workers are in industries managing increasing volumes of consumer data such as Finance (+137% over the last five years), Health Care (+121%), and Retail Trade (+89%). Geographically, cybersecurity jobs are concentrated in government and defense hubs, but are growing most quickly in secondary markets.

Some types of cybersecurity job prospects available to the students are as follows: 

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Consultant/Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • IA Technician or Manager
  • Chief Information Security Officer

Check out our blog post on the types of skills and jobs being offered now in the industry! 

Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements are consistent with the overall admission requirements of the Master of Business & Science degree programs. GRE is required. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in a relevant discipline is required. It’s recommended the students should a bachelor degree in information technology, information systems, cybersecurity, computer science or engineering, or have taken courses in programming, operating systems, and algorithms. IT work experience is preferred. Students with a non-IT background, but with relevant experience (e.g., law enforcement, criminal justice) are also suggested to apply. For those without significant programming experience, basic programming and data structures courses are available.

Program Requirements

The Master of Business and Science is a 43 credit professional science master’s program with 8 courses (24 credits) in science and 19 credits in business. The program is affiliated with the PSM National Office who provides an affiliation process (similar to accreditation) for professional science master’s programs. As part of the cybersecurity concentration students are expected to complete two certification courses (CEH, CISSP). Other certifications are also available.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

Principles of Communication and Professional Development (16:137:502) (3cr)

Principles of Accounting and Finance for Science and Technology (16:137:530) (3cr)

Market Assessment and Analysis for Business and Science - Life Sciences (16:137:507) (3cr)

Ethics in Science and Technology Management (16:137:500) (1cr)

Science and Technology Management Capstone (16:137:600) (3cr)

and 2 business electives - 6 credits (e.g., project management, supply chain, Intellectual property, etc.)

II.  Science Course

Core Courses (15 credits)

*** Courses Recommended for those with a Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Background

Take one course on introduction to cybersecurity essentials from the following:

Take one course on communications and networking from the following:

  • ***16:137:601 (Sum) Linux Administration & Networking
  • 16:198:552 (S) Computer Networks 
  • 16:332:544 (S) Communication Networks II  
  • 16:198:547(S) The Security and Dependability of Distributed Systems

Take one course from the following on data privacy, compliance and law

  • 26:198:645 (F) Data Privacy
  • ***17:610:582 (F) Information Policy
  • 26.198.643 (S) Information Security

Take two courses from the following course on disaster recovery and security engineering

For those without computing background, the following must be taken the first semester (counted toward the degree as an elective):

Plus 9 credits of science electives. Some examples:

Concentration Coordinators

  • For questions please contact Concentration Coordinator Dr. Christie Nelson (CCICADA) at
  • Dr. Deborah Silver (ECE)
  • Dr. Fred Roberts (Math, Ciccada)
  • Dr. Midge Cozzens (Ciccada) Dr. Dennis Egan (Ciccada)
  • Dr. Hui Xiong (RBS)

Faculty consulted on this concentration: Dr. Wade Trappe (ECE), Dr. Rebecca Wright (CS)

-- Unsure if you’re a good fit? Attend one of our online or in-person information sessions or set up an appointment with an advisor.