IA-REDI | Information Assurance - Research, Education, and Development Institute

Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity Offered Online

As the use of computers has increased so has crime and attacks involving the use of computers. Cybersecurity attempts to protect information technology assets such as databases, operating systems, and networks. It utilizes computer science techniques from fields such as cryptography, software engineering and digital forensics in addition to software and hardware tools to achieve the goal of protecting these entities against internal and external attacks.

The M.S. in Cybersecurity is designed to focus on computer security and to increase the pool of well-educated security professionals. Theory and practical training will be combined with critical thinking and communication skills that are required by professionals in the cybersecurity field. Students will be prepared to apply their knowledge to defend against cyber threats directed toward the USA. In addition, students will be prepared to provide needed cybersecurity services to US agencies and organizations. Students will not only be trained to defend against cybersecurity attacks but also to use digital forensics to identify attackers.

Overall Degree Requirements for the Online Program

The curriculum for the Masters of Science in Cybersecurity requires the successful completion of 36 credit of course work, including a 6 credit Capstone course CYS 795.


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About Our Alumni

Who Hired Our Graduates/Where are They Now?

Graduates of the NSU Computer Science and Cybersecurity Programs are very successful in obtaining good jobs with great starting salaries from industry, government and academic institutions across the nation. Students at NSU are given many opportunities to travel to professional conferences, symposiums and job fairs, around the country. They showcase their accomplishments, meet peers with similar interest, and get to know faculty at other institutions who might offer internships, employment or graduate school opportunities.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Our Distinguished Members

Norfolk State University IA-REDI has assembled a distinguished board of luminaries in the cybersecurity field, to direct and assist us in responding to the cybersecurity challenges facing the USA and its allies. These members are all highly successful cybersecurity professionals and have had very successful careers. We are very proud of our advisory board and appreciate their efforts. Our distinguished panel members include:

Dr. Diana Burley (George Washington University), Mr. Ben Cook (Sandia National laboratories), Dr. Brenda Ellis (NASA), Dr. Deborah Frincke (NSA/CSS), Dr. Dwayne Hodges (DH Cyber Security Solutions), Dr Mark Klett (Klett Consulting Group), Dr. Ronald Layton, (USS Secret Service), Mr. Antione Manson (DHS), Dr. Ernest McDuffie (NIST), Dr. Dena Tsamitis (Carnegie Mellon University) and Vice Admiral (RET) Melvin Williams (George Washington University).