FAQ: M.S. in Cyber Security

Frequently Asked Questions

You’re on your way to becoming a cyber security professional, and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of your journey. We know the level of thought that goes into a decision like this, which is why we’d like to provide you with answers to commonly asked questions about our online cyber security program.

Being transparent about the details is our way of ensuring that you feel confident in your role as a student at the University of North Dakota and can take that confidence into the field as a cyber security professional.

The questions and answers you see here will get the conversation started, but please contact your enrollment advisor to continue learning about our online cyber security master’s degree program. We’re here to support you, now through graduation.

Do I have to have a background in cyber security to be eligible for the program?

No, our 100% online program features foundational courses at the start of the program that help to prepare you for the rest of the program curriculum, even if you don’t have a background or undergraduate degree in cyber security. Courses are designed to build upon each other throughout the program to help you develop your expertise.

What will I graduate from the program with?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will graduate with a Master of Science in Cyber Security degree, as well as a Cyber Security Analyst graduate certificate, and two other graduate certificates of your choosing in Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics or Secure Networks.

Will the program prepare me to sit for any industry certification exams?

Yes. The master’s program is built on stackable certificates that can prepare you for the following industry certification exams:

  • Cyber Security Analyst track: EC-Council Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst (CTIA) certification
  • Ethical Hacking track: EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification
  • Computer Forensics track: EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) certification
  • Secure Networks track: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification

Is this program entirely online or am I required to come to campus for anything?

The Master of Science in Cyber Security program is 100% online. The program has no on-campus requirement and can be completed from anywhere.

Is the GRE or GMAT required?

No, this program does not require either entrance exam for admission.

What is the cost of the program?

The online Master of Science in Cyber Security program is $848.64 per credit, with 36 total credits needed to graduate. Take a look at our admissions page for additional fees that may apply. Use our Tuition Calculator to estimate your tuition and fees.

Are there any scholarships or financial aid available?

Scholarships and financial aid are available to students who meet certain criteria. To find out which ones might be a fit for you, visit our scholarship database, Scholarship Central, or ask your enrollment advisor for more information.

Is the university accredited?

Yes, we’re accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.