Master of Science in Cyber Security

Saint Peter’s University

Program Description

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Saint Peter’s University

New Starting the Fall 2016 Semester

Saint Peter’s University is establishing a new Master’s degree program in Cyber Security. The 30-credit, 10-course program will provide you with the advanced skills you need to protect and defend information systems from cyber-attacks. The Cyber Security graduate courses will be taught in the evening on the Jersey City campus. Each class will be 2 ½ hours and will meet one time per week.

The Need for Cyber Security Professionals

Cyber Security is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges that the United States and world economy faces. With every industry becoming increasingly dependent on digital data, data assurance and protection against cyber-attacks is critical. The number of cyber-attacks is increasing and the sophistication of the attacks is evolving. There is a shortage of professionals who can design and implement secure systems to protect an organization’s information technology assets, including critical U.S. infrastructure.

The job market for highly trained Cyber Security professionals is expanding rapidly. The Master of Science in Cyber Security program is designed to provide graduate students with the necessary knowledge and hands-on training in computer architecture, networks, and cyber/computer forensics to detect and secure computer systems.

Saint Peter’s University will also be establishing a Cyber Security Center on the Jersey City campus for the start of the Fall 2016 semester. This Center will provide a dynamic environment for students to get hands-on training on cybersecurity and digital forensics software packages and toolkits. Students will learn about the software and tools that can be used to protect the information systems environment of an organization and troubleshoot the cyber-attacks that have breached an organization and compromised its data.

Unique Location

Saint Peter’s University is fortunate to be located in the heart of Jersey City, which hosts financial giants such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase in its financial district. The New York City financial district also happens to be minutes away thanks to a multitude of public transportation options which make it very easy to travel between Jersey City and New York City. This gives our students the ability to experience what both cities have to offer from a business perspective as well as a cultural one.

Program Facts

The Master of Science in Cyber Security degree is a 30-credit hour program designed for working professionals and/or students with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, physics, business, or criminal justice. The program is in alignment with students who wish to increase their knowledge and skills related to the field of cybersecurity and information assurance, including cyber forensics. The curriculum includes the following courses: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing, Malware Analysis and Defense, Cyber Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics, Disaster Recovery, and more. The degree will give students the knowledge and practice to understand cyber security threats and vulnerabilities, and to be able to help defend computer systems against cyber-attacks.

Faculty members in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences with computer security, information assurance, industry, and research/development experience will teach the courses and advise students.


Fall Semester (First Year)

  • CY510 Cyber Security & Risk Management 3
  • CY520 Cyber Security Legal Aspects & Ethical Concerns 3
  • CY530 Cryptography 3
  • CY540 International Telecommunications Networks 3

Spring Semester (First Year)

  • CY550 Mobile Computing and Wireless 3
  • CY610 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 3
  • CY620 Malware Analysis and Defense 3

Fall Semester (Second Year)

  • CY630 Disaster Recovery 3
  • CY640 Cyber Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics 3
  • CY650 Cyber Security Capstone 3

Total program credits 30

Application Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. The selection process is completed within one week of Graduate Admissions receipt of all required documentation.

Classes start on Tuesday, September 6th.

Internships and Job Opportunities

Completion of a graduate internship (minimum 6 months) related to Cyber Security is required for all students except:

  • those who have 3+ years of professional business work experience
  • those with full-time employment during the length of the program
  • and those who are participating in an exchange program.

The graduate internship must start in the first semester of classes. Please consult your Cyber Security program adviser to determine if it is possible to obtain a waiver. For F-1 international students, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization is required prior to starting an internship. Please click the link to learn about the CPT authorization process.

Following is information and links to internships and job opportunities: 1. Start with preparing a good resume. Review it with your Cyber Security program adviser. 2. Visit the Saint Peter’s University Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL). CEEL is committed to helping students develop their professional skills to achieve career success! Please take the next step and register on our virtual Career Center called SaintPeter’s Link. SPLink has special features designed to get you started:

  • Announcements – Stay current on our latest events.
  • Internships – Apply directly to local, national and international internships.
  • Job Postings – Part-time and full-time positions are posted daily.
  • Event RSVP – Register for events in one easy click.
  • E-Newsletter – Delivered monthly to your Saint Peter’s mailbox.
  • Careers by Simplicity – Download the free Mobile App. Connected to your SPLink account wherever you go!

Go to the CEEL - Dinneen Suite 101, to make an appointment, to follow-up with an advisor that can help you get on the right track to secure an internship, full-time, or part-time position in today's job market. The CEEL can assist with the following:

  • Resume preparation and review
  • Interviewing skills
  • Elevator pitch presentation
  • Networking
  • Negotiating your job offer
  • Dress for success
  • Professional Etiquette

3.In addition to working with CEEL personnel and their job posting website, look for internships and job opportunities on the following sites at the top of the page: 4. Network with classmates and join local information technology and information security user groups:

  • New York Information Security Meetup
  • Open Networking User Group

5.Talk to your Cyber Security program advisor about internship opportunities in the Saint Peter’s University Cyber Security Center.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2018
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