Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology
Secure, Protect and Manage a Virtual Environment
Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Cyber Security degree program offers the opportunity for students skilled in technology and security-based fields to move into a specialized career in cyber security. As one of the few cyber security programs in the nation, GCU’s master’s program trains students to use current, open source and advanced techniques in digital forensics, penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and exploitation techniques –along with other software and applications –to protect an organization’s systems, data, processes and people.
Students focus on various areas of cybersecurity while gaining the tools to understand and protect against the enemy in cyber warfare and cyber defense activities. These areas include exploring policies, cyberlaw, national and international ramifications and ethical considerations.
This master's in cybersecurity program is designed for security engineers and architects, IT professionals, chief information security officers (CISO) and those who desire to deepen understanding in their security-based role to increase efficiency and ensure regulations are in place. These individuals will learn to assess, measure, apply and communicate solutions for effective management of infrastructures, IT departments and data centers.
Career changers or those who have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field may first earn their Bridge (Master of Science in Cyber Security). This bridge program provides the foundational learning and cybersecurity framework for advancing toward graduate-level skills development in this master’s program.
Elevate Your Skills in IT and Security
Graduates from this online master's in cybersecurity program will possess the ability to apply the Hackers with Halos™ methodology. Hackers with Halos™ is a vast network of highly skilled professionals and white-hat penetration testers who operate from a Christian worldview. Prepared to serve as industry leaders, graduates are equipped to apply technical skills and hands-on experience with real-world data for remote-access server maintenance, updates, modifications, and security. Acquired skills also include the ability to analyze vulnerabilities, conduct assessments and secure both physical and virtual environments from potential threats.
What You Will Learn
Beyond Theoretical Learning, Intensive Hands-On Experiences
Students can expect to engage in the following course topics:
- Enterprise Security Infrastructure Design.
- Technology Implementation of Security Solutions.
- Penetration Testing and Risk Management.
- Enterprise Cyber Law and Compliance Strategies.
- Innovation in Security Frameworks.
The master's in cybersecurity program concludes with the culminating course Cyber Security Program Development, which exposes students to the legal and ethical challenges, policies, frameworks and methodologies for building an effective comprehensive cyber security program. Through this hands-on experience, students learn to manage and lead in identifying hardware, software and application requirements for the security of intellectual property, customer data and resources of an organization.
Play an Invaluable Role in an Organization's Security
Potential career opportunities with a cyber security degree include corporate information security officer (CISO), corporate security officer (CSO), director of security, senior security engineer/architect, security manager, senior security application developer and information security analyst. These cyber security roles are industry-broad as graduates are well-prepared to work in all industries, such as health care, finance and government.
Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.
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