The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSC) is a one-year intensive program for working professionals as well as recent college graduates interested in cybersecurity management. Our MSC program develops leaders who can address people, process, technology, and vendor/supply chain aspects of strategic cybersecurity efforts by supporting and motivating collaboration across the organization and driving optimized solutions that enable the company to manage evolving risk and achieve its business goals. Our program allows participants to develop the necessary skills to make informed cybersecurity decisions by analyzing potential outcomes, benefits, and risks.
MS Cybersecurity Program Highlights
- Complete in one year
- Online, synchronous program
- Balance between business risk management and cybersecurity and IT requirements
- GRE or GMAT not required
- A STEM-designated degree (STEM graduate programs are university degrees awarded in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.)
|Application Deadlines||Tuition Rate Per Unit||Number of Units||Format and Length|
|Fall: July 1
Spring: Dec. 11
View Tuition and Financial Aid Information for details.
Cybersecurity is a business enabler! Our MS in Cybersecurity Program addresses the most important elements of people, process, technology, data, partners and suppliers to ensure exactly that.
Dr. Tolgay Kizilelma, MSC Program Director
MSC Admissions and Financial Aid
A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think.
A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required to apply to our graduate programs. GMAT and GRE Not Required.
- Completed Application — Apply now!
- Official Transcript(s)
Official transcript of coursework from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Find complete instructions on how to submit your transcripts to Dominican here.
Students who received their undergraduate degrees from an institution outside the United States must have credentials evaluated by a third-party evaluation service. The agency must submit an official report to Dominican verifying credentials. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for further instructions.
- Statement of Purpose/Intent
A statement between 300 and 800 words describing why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in cybersecurity.
- One Letter of Recommendation or Interview With The Dean
Letter of recommendation: Academic or professional, on letterhead.
- International Applicants
International candidates must meet additional admissions requirements.
Dominican has a rolling admissions policy, which means we evaluate applications as they are received and will continue to evaluate applications until we’ve filled all the slots for our incoming class. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
If an application deadline falls on a weekend and/or holiday, applications will be accepted through the end of the next business day.
|Fall Priority Deadline||TBD|
|Spring Deadline||December 1|
Courses and Career Paths
There is an increasing awareness and concern over the growing cyber threats facing organizations, governments, and individuals. Cyber-crime is growing exponentially. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, the cost of cybercrime is predicted to hit $8 trillion by end of 2023 and will grow to $10.5 trillion by 2025. According to Cyberseek, the current (US) national supply/demand ratio is 69%, meaning in the US only 69% of the cybersecurity jobs are filled. This is based on 663K total cybersecurity job openings. In California only, there are around 69K cybersecurity job openings. As a result the demand for cybersecurity professionals is very high regardless of the industry and the job outlook over the next decade is extremely positive as portrayed by Cyberseek, The Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
A master’s degree in Cybersecurity not only opens doors to new job opportunities and promotions, but it can also fast track your career in different industries too. A graduate degree in cybersecurity with a business focus is very valued in several industries such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail, higher education, telecom, construction, energy, government, and technology. It also provides current employees in the public and private sectors an opportunity to obtain advanced-level, high-quality training in the core business areas with an IT/Cybersecurity focus.
A graduate degree is also a requirement for most management roles and definitely a must for senior management roles such as a Chief Information Security Officer, Executive Director of Cybersecurity, which demands an average base salary of $240K and total compensation of $288K. According to labor market researcher Burning Glass Technologies, almost one-quarter of cybersecurity jobs require a graduate degree.
The increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals, the high earning potential of cybersecurity jobs, flexible work hours, the option to work from home, work-life balance, and increased job security are some of the reasons why a graduate degree in cybersecurity is worth pursuing whether you are new to cybersecurity, switching from a different job and/or role, or trying to move up the chain. Positions our graduates will be equipped to master include:
- Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
- Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (DCISO)
- Information Security Officer (ISO)
- Business Information Security Officer (BISO)
- Cybersecurity Project Manager/Director
- Cybersecurity Manager/Director
- Manager/Director, Infrastructure & Cybersecurity
- Manager/Director, Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC)
- Manager/Director, GRC
- Manager/Director, Security and Risk Services
- Manager/Director of Information Security Governance
- Manager/Director of IT Security
- Information Security Manager/Director
- Technical Program Manager/Director
- Cybersecurity Project/Program Manager/Director
- Customer Success Manager/Director (Cybersecurity)
- Cybersecurity Consultant
- Manager/Director of Cybersecurity, Governance and Advisory
- IT Auditor
The Barowsky School of Business (BSB) partners with Bay Area companies to provide experiential learning opportunities for students and job placement upon graduation. Students work closely with BSB Graduate Career Services to move forward in their careers and life beyond graduation. Our services include individualized one-on-one assistance and professional development events.
Students will acquire knowledge in several functional areas of business, including:
- Cybersecurity Fundamentals
- Cybersecurity Governance
- Cybersecurity Operations
- Information Risk Management
- Managing Human Risk: Building a Security-Based Culture
- Cybersecurity Leadership and Management Competencies
- Cybersecurity Incident Management
- Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues
- Cybersecurity Program Development and Management
- IT/IS and Cybersecurity Auditing
- Cybersecurity Certifications Focus