Master of Science in Cybersecurity

 Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The demand for cybersecurity experts is growing at a pace 12 times the overall job market, making it one of the most sought-after fields in the country.
-- CIO Journal, March 4, 2013

In a world connected and powered by billions of mobile devices, computer networks and industrial systems, there is a critical need to secure and protect individuals and corporations, the military and government, financial institutions, healthcare providers and our national infrastructure.

By all accounts there are simply not enough skilled professionals to meet even the current need, let alone the need projected over the next five years.

Whether your interest lies in systems, policy or operations, Villanova University’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity will prepare you for success in this ever-evolving field.

Cybersecurity graduate courses are taught in the late afternoon or evening (2 ½ hours once a week), making them convenient for working professionals. This degree can also be completed through our E-Learning program, which allows you to participate in the live class virtually or to access recorded classes at your convenience.

Cybersecurity tracks and related courses can be found here.


Admission Criteria

Admission to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program will be granted to qualified students who hold a bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or applied sciences from an accredited and/or reputable institution. Applicants are expected to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Engineering.

Degree Requirements

Completion of the degree requires 10 courses (30 credits) total:

  • Two required core courses
    • ECE 8476 - Cryptography and Network Security 
    • ECE 8484 - Cybersecurity Threats and Defense
  • Two courses from one of the specialization areas listed below
  • An additional two courses from any of those specialization areas
  • Four electives.

Those students pursuing the thesis-option must include Independent Study and Research I & II courses among their electives.

View the course descriptions.

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Certificates available from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering include:
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Joint Program Certificate
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Richard Perry, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: 610-519-4969