Cybersecurity (Online)

Overview

The Masters of Business and Science (MBS) degree in Cybersecurity prepares students for roles within the industry, building on students' backgrounds and experiences. Students come into the program with backgrounds such as Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Forensic Science, IT, Psychology, ECE, Law, Political Science, Public Policy, Law Enforcement, Policing, Military, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and more. The curriculum integrates traditional courses in cybersecurity science with courses in business and management, through a professionally guided curriculum, building on your existing background and helping to guide you to where you want to go through our professionally guided curriculum. 

An MBS degree gives students multiple hands on course projects that give them the opportunity to partner with companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. Students are also given the opportunity to do semester long projects through the MBS Externship Exchange program. Open to working students, online students, and full/part time students. MBS courses are offered to help working professionals get ahead or move into new fields, with our courses offered in the evenings and hybrid/online.

The MBS Cybersecurity curriculum brings together the fields of computer science, IT, policy, criminal justice, management, and more. It provides rigorous cybersecurity curriculum in information assurance, information systems, computer security and systems reliability, and criminal justice, 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 policing, business, policy, 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 in a variety of fields.

Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements are consistent with the overall admission requirements of the Master of Business & Science degree programs. 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. In addition, students must attend 12 colloquium events to qualify for graduation. 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 such as CEH, CISSP. Other certifications are also available.

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. A total of 24 credits are required in the science curriculum. More details about potential elective courses and variations on the required curriculum can be found in the Cybersecurity Pathway description on the main (in-person/hybrid) Cybersecurity webpage. Descriptions of the required Business and Science core Courses can be found here:

Business Core Courses - 5 courses (13 credits):

 Principles of Finance and Accounting(16:137:530); Market Assessment & Analysis (16:137:507); Principles of Communication  & Professional Development (16:137:502); Science & Technology Management Capstone(16:137:600); Ethics (16:137:500)

Cybersecurity Core Courses - 5 courses (15 credits):

Take one course on introduction to cybersecurity essentials: 

Take one course on communications and networking: 

Take one course from the following on data privacy, compliance and law (or equivalent)

  • 26:198:645 (F) Data Privacy
  • 17:610:582 (F) Information Policy
  • 26:198:643 (S) Information Security
  • 17:610:596 OR 17:610:598 Information Security Management
  • 22:010:685 (S) Cybersecurity Assurance
  • 16:198:546 Comp. Sys. Security
  • 22:198:603 NB Business Data Mgmt.

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, and is counted toward the degree as an elective:


Electives

Electives: Electives can be taken from a wide variety of subjects. Our program is flexible to meet your career objectives.

Externship Exchange: Students in this program are able to participate in company, nonprofit, research, and/or government real world projects to gain experience. These projects are done on campus in any semester (can be done every semester – fall, spring, summer), and are run by our Externship Exchange Coordinator, Dr. Christie Nelson (cnelson@dimacs.rutgers.edu). Projects can be done for volunteer/student club, or as an elective course to count toward the degree as a science or business elective. These projects can be done remotely and in evenings for students working full time, and full time/part time students can participate in daytime or evening to accommodate their schedules. These projects are yet another way to gain experience and help students to get to their professional goals.

Employment Opportunities

Matching Skills to the Careers You Want: See below for some examples of how we analyze the detailed skills by specialty relating to some of our Cybersecurity Pathways. These skills are utilized to help match students to electives and core courses. Check out our blog post on the types of skills and jobs being offered in the industry! Our MBS students have excellent outcomes, with a 97% employment rate within 6 months of graduation.

Number of Job Postings in US, Cybersecurity & Some Specialty Area

Original Research Performed Using Burning Glass Jan 2014 – July 2019

Number of Job Postings in US by Specialty Area

Original Research Performed Using Burning Glass Jan 2014 – July 2019

Top 25 Certifications in Demand for Cybersecurity in the US by Year

Original Research Performed Using Burning Glass Jan 2014 – July 2019

Top 25 Skills in Demand for Cybersecurity in the US by Year

Original Research Performed Using Burning Glass Jan 2014 – July 2019

Top 25 Certifications in Demand for Digital Forensics in the US by Year

Original Research Performed Using Burning Glass Jan 2014 – July 2019

Top 25 Skills in Demand for Digital Forensics Job Openings by Year in US

Original Research Performed Using Burning Glass Jan 2014 – July 2019

Professional Services, Opportunities & Outcomes

To read more about our professional services (resume review, career services, and workshops), our Externship Exchange program (government/company/nonprofit projects that can be done in evenings in addition to working full time, remotely, or for full/part time students as elective credit or for “club”/volunteer), and more, see our Corporate Connections page. Our MBS students have excellent outcomes, with a 97% employment rate within 6 months of graduation. We have a full time career services specialist for the MBS department and an executive coach to help you reach your professional goals.

Concentration Coordinators

For questions please contact Concentration Coordinator Dr. Christie Nelson (CCICADA) at cnelson@dimacs.rutgers.edu

  • Dr. Christie Nelson (CCICADA)
  • Dr. Deborah Silver (ECE)
  • Dr. Fred Roberts (Math, CCICADA)
  • Dr. Midge Cozzens (CCICADA)
  • Dr. Dennis Egan (CCICADA)
  • Dr. Hui Xiong (RBS)

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

-- 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.