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Master of Science in Cybersecurity Online

Accelerate your career in the high-growth and high-paying field of cybersecurity.

06/01/22 Next Application Due Date
06/29/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

$18,000 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Meet the growing demand for skilled cyber professionals who can protect and defend against real-world digital threats. Our Master of Science in Cybersecurity online program offers you the latest defenses against cybercriminals—whether they are stealing identities, high-jacking organization-wide digital resources or leaking sensitive data, our graduate-level cybersecurity classes online will prepare you to intercept data breaches before it is too late.

Strategically designed to protect data from all angles, the online cybersecurity degree curriculum emphasizes both offensive and defensive security measures—preparing you to anticipate cyber attacks and arming you with the software, tools and resources to counterattack. As part of the coursework, you will learn the most in-demand skills, including: cyber defense, cybersecurity threat and risk evaluation, digital forensics, disaster recovery, identity management, incident response, network detection and response, penetration testing , systems architecture and so much more.

Our expert faculty, who hold advanced degrees and industry certifications in the cybersecurity field, will teach you how to overcome real-world digital threats and how to rise as an industry leader who is qualified for even the most high-stakes security jobs. You can choose the thesis-based track if you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate studies—or the project-based track if you aspire to work in leading data protection roles immediately after graduating from the online master’s in cybersecurity program.

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic fields in the world today, generating thousands of open positions and not enough qualified professionals to fill them. EMU’s cybersecurity master’s degree online program helps meet the demand by graduating highly skilled cybersecurity professionals.

Graduates of the online master's in cybersecurity will learn to:

  • Design, implement and evaluate computing-based solutions for cybersecurity purposes
  • Develop and implement cryptography for information systems
  • Engage in state-of-the-art research activities
  • Analyze complex cybersecurity problems and apply security principles that offer solutions
  • Understand and implement advanced security to networks and software
  • Analyze and evaluate operating systems to detect risks and threats
  • Rise to professional responsibilities, including making informed decisions in cybersecurity practices that adhere to legal and ethical principles

Career opportunities:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • Information Security Manager
  • Information Security Engineer

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Tuition and Fees

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity online tuition is the same affordable, pay–by–the–course rate for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may also be available for eligible students.

Tuition breakdown:

$600 Per Credit Hour
$18,000 Total Tuition

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Program Per 3-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Master of Science in Cybersecurity $600 $18,000

Cost of tuition does not include any additional applicable course fees, standard textbook fees or course materials.

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Federal Financial Aid

If you would like to be considered for financial aid at Eastern Michigan University, you will need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal School Code for Eastern Michigan University is 002259.

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The M.S. in Cybersecurity online program features accelerated 7.5-week courses and six start dates a year. View the full calendar to find the best start date for you, along with corresponding deadlines for submitting your application and paying tuition.

Now Enrolling:

06/01/22 Next Application Due Date
06/29/22 Start Classes

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Session Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Winter II 03/07/22 02/07/22 02/14/22 02/28/22 3/17/22
Summer I 05/09/22 04/11/22 04/18/22 05/02/22 05/12/22
Summer II 06/29/22 06/01/22 06/08/22 06/22/22 06/23/22*
Fall I 08/29/22 08/1/22 08/9/22 08/24/22 09/8/22
Fall II 10/12/22 09/14/22 09/21/22 10/5/22 11/3/22*

*Payment may be due earlier due to registration

**Please refer here for more information for your specific payment due date

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Eastern Michigan University?


The M.S. in Cybersecurity online program admission process is streamlined to help you get started right away.

Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
No GMAT is required
No prior cybersecurity experience is required

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Master of Science in Cybersecurity Online Admission Requirements

Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis to offer you a seamless and customized experience. While applicants are not required to have prior experience in cybersecurity, many do. If you do not have prior experience, EMU will work with you to ensure your success by offering four leveling courses to fully prepare you for the rigor of the cybersecurity program. These courses may be taken at other institutions, but we prefer you take them at EMU; they may be taken concurrently with the rest of the courses in the cybersecurity master's program.

  • International Students are not eligible for this program
    • An international student is a student that is NOT one of the following:
    1. A U.S. Citizen
    2. A permanent resident of the U.S. (i.e., a green card holder)
    3. A political asylee or refugee status holder

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 970
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: [email protected].

Have a question? Call us at 844-351-9389.


To earn the Master of Science in Cybersecurity online, you must complete 30 credit hours. For the thesis track, this includes 6 core courses, 2 elective courses and 2 capstone courses; the project track includes 6 core courses, 3 elective courses and 1 capstone course

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Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth examination of the law dealing with computers and the internet, including such issues as intellectual property, electronic commerce, information privacy, freedom of expression, cybercrime, jurisdiction, compliance and the policy that governs. Included are a detailed analysis of significant legal case studies plus a review of applicable federal and state legislation as applied to such standards as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, FISMA and FIPS 200.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares students for knowledge of cybersecurity defense system design principles, their human aspects and project management.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the application of data science techniques from network security perspectives. Students learn how to gather, process, store and visualize security-related data as well as the application of various statistics and machine-learning techniques to detect intrusion and malicious activities. After taking this course, a student will be able to: 1) Apply tactics, techniques and procedures for a full range of investigative tools and processes to include (but not limited to) interview and interrogation techniques, surveillance, counter-surveillance, and surveillance detection, appropriately balancing the benefits of prosecution versus intelligence gathering and 2) Develop and administer security event databases and/or data management systems that allow for the storage, query and utilization of event data and 3) Leverage state-of-the-art data mining, big data and/or data science tools and techniques in the cybersecurity field.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides step-by-step instructions for dealing with a specific issue, including breaches and disasters, compliance, network infrastructure and password management, vulnerability scanning, and penetration testing. Security professionals will learn tools and techniques to help improve security in sensible, manageable chunks.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides knowledge on how to fortify computer networks by learning and effectively applying ethical hacking techniques. The course clearly explains the enemy’s devious weapons, skills and tactics and offers field-tested remedies, case studies and interesting labs. Students will get complete coverage of penetration testing, vulnerability discovery, malware analysis, reverse engineering, and the Internet of things security. State-of-the-art mobile exploits, ransomware, and legal issues are thoroughly explained.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares students with knowledge of risk management processes as well as incident response and orderly failure preparation (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk in a systematic way).

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares students with knowledge of risk management processes as well as incident response and orderly failure preparation (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk in a systematic way).

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Intensive hands-on investigation of computer-related cybercrime and information welfare and designed to prepare students to have knowledge and skills in an electronic crime investigation. Thus, the course prepares students to become effective cybercrime investigators. Students will identify, evaluate, classify and demonstrate proficiency in investigating computer-related cybercrime and information warfare. Students may be subject to a background check prior to admittance.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Built upon the concepts of risk analysis and business impact planning, this course is designed to provide a foundation and guide to coordinated organizational emergency response and event management during and after a disruptive occurrence.

If you choose the thesis track, you will take both IA 690 and IA 691. If you choose the project track, you will take IA 694 and another elective course.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a culminating experience for students completing their master’s degree in cybersecurity. It will include discussion, research and experimental activities that encourage students to apply academic achievements to functional professional situations.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Completion of research problem, writing thesis and defense of thesis.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Completion of research problem, writing thesis and defense of thesis.

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