At Villanova, you can specialize in one of three areas within the Cybersecurity program: Systems, Policy, or Operations.

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

  • Two required core courses
    ECE 8476 - Cryptography & Netwk. Security
    ECE 8484 - Cybersec. Threats and Defense
  • Four courses from the concentration areas
  • 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.

View cybersecurity concentrations and related courses.

Degree Plan

Graduate students must submit a degree plan by midterm of their first semester. Five-year students must submit a plan with their 5-year program application. Your initial plan, as well as any subsequent changes in the plan, must be approved by your advisor. Create your degree plan online.

View three-year Advanced Course Planner. (pdf)



Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar
Director of Graduate Studies


Maurice Mitchell, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Cybersecurity program.

"The Cybersecurity graduate program exposed me to tools, frameworks, and terminology that I frequently use when communicating with other information security professionals. It prepared me to step into my current role comfortably and confidently!"

Maurice Mitchell, Information Security Analyst, TD


Chad Yantorno, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Cybersecurity Program.

“I was able to secure a new position in Silicon Valley as a Senior Security Engineer thanks to the connections I made at Villanova.”

Chad Yantorno, Senior Systems Security Engineer, Salesforce