Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

"America's economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cyber security."
-- President Barack Obama, May 2009

A Hack-Free Internet: Why Not? 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.

An article in CIO Journal, March 4, 2013, reported that 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. 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 rapidly growing, 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 entirely online through our E-Learning program, which offers much-needed convenience and flexibility, and students can earn their degree entirely online.


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.





MS in Cybersecurity Concentrations

There are three concentration areas that students can choose from in the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program including:

  • Systems
  • Policy
  • Operations


Degree Requirements

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

  • Two required core courses


  • Four courses from the concentration areas above
  • An additional four courses from the concentration areas and/or electives

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