Online Master of Science in Cyber Security

Your online cyber security degree puts you in demand.

Society’s dependence on devices and accessibility has led to large-scale cyber attacks — the more connected you are, the more vulnerable your data becomes.

In fact, a survey of more than 4,100 organizations found that 7 out of 10 were not prepared for a cyber attack.* It’s not because businesses can’t detect hackers; it’s because they don’t have the talent to defend against them.

And that’s why the industry needs you.

*Hiscox, 2018

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Transfer credits accepted

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Graduate in as few as 20 months

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3 start dates per year

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No prior work experience required

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No GRE required

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Why choose UND’s Master of Science in Cyber Security?

Put your strong math, science and programming skills to work and learn how to defend and protect organizations against cyber attacks with our online Master of Science in Cyber Security program. You’ll benefit from rigorous coursework taught by industry experts in the College of Engineering & Mines (CEM) — one of the most well-respected engineering schools in the upper Midwest — so you can feel confident knowing you’ll graduate prepared for what’s next in cyber security.

We’re accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and ranked alongside Stanford, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) among the Top 25 Most Innovative Schools.*

That means when it comes to quality, you can be confident in UND.

*U.S. News & World Report

University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

What can you do with your M.S. in Cyber Security?

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current role or transition into a new one, UND’s online Master of Science in Cyber Security is a great choice. Technology is advancing quicker than talent. Some experts predict that more than 200 billion things will be connected by 2020.*

The time is now.

With your master’s in cyber security, you can:

  • Gain analytical skills to become an effective digital forensics examiner
  • Explore how to protect data when transferred between different systems
  • Position yourself at the front lines in the fight against cyber crime

Do more than detect cyber crime. Defend against it.

Advancing your skills in cyber security can mean stronger job security, higher pay and better leadership opportunities. Here are some top roles and median salaries in the field, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Computer and Information Research Scientist

Information Security Analyst

Computer Systems Analyst

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What can you learn?

Our master’s program allows you to complete general coursework or specialize in one of three areas that can prepare you for leadership in the growing field of cyber security. Study topics ranging from advanced embedded systems design to insider threat analysis and refine your expertise.

Since our program is housed within the College of Engineering & Mines, you can be confident that the technical knowledge you’re developing is the highest quality.

Autonomous Systems Cyber Security
It’s critical to secure machines driven by artificial intelligence so we know they can be trusted to perform as designed. This track can help you understand the basics of autonomous systems, security challenges and possible solutions so you can design secure autonomous systems.

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Cyber Security and Behavior
Society relies on simpler and stronger connectivity from one device to another. This track addresses the behavioral aspects of cyber security — insider threat analysis, social engineering and other human factors that exacerbate or mitigate cyber security risks.

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Data Security
How your organization safeguards information from unauthorized users is important. In this track, you’ll learn computing methods to prevent intrusion and unauthorized access to computers through encryption, tokenization and key management practices.

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General Cyber Security
Demand for expert cyber security professionals in all industries is on the rise, which means you need to be qualified and diverse. Focus your coursework on autonomous systems, data security and behavior to strengthen your interdisciplinary knowledge.

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“Protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure and industries from cyber-attacks has never been more challenging. UND’s online master’s degree in cyber security offers working adults the chance to develop the skills they need to be successful in this increasingly important field.”

— Brian Tande, UND CEM Interim Dean

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the online Master of Science in Cyber Security program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Complete coursework or demonstrate proven knowledge in computer programming, circuits, statistics and calculus*
  • Achieve a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75

In addition, you must provide the following:

  • Online application and $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from every institution attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation**

For international students:

  • Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English language proficiency requirements
    • International applicants who have received their bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized institution where English is the primary language of instruction in the United States and U.S. Territories, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ireland, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Scotland, Wales, Commonwealth Caribbean or New Zealand are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS

*Applicants without knowledge of these areas may be admitted to provisional status upon completion of UND’s Cyber Bridge Course (CBC).
**Your recommenders will be notified by email after you complete your online application.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline

Classes Begin

Summer 2021


Fall 2021


Spring 2022