Earn a graduate degree in cyber security
Detect threats. Protect data. Get a high-paying job.
SFA’s new cyber security program provides students with the knowledge and the skills necessary for students to respond to online threats to computer systems. As a cyber security student, you’ll learn how vulnerabilities occur in a computer system – and how to protect these systems from exploitation.
In-demand, high-paying careers
Cyber security is more than just a tech problem in today’s world. Data security is a critical part of every industry, from retail to healthcare to government entities to military organizations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for information security analysis is expected to grow by 18 percent by 2024 (that’s much faster than average). And if you’re looking for a career that pays well, cyber security is a great choice. The BLS reports that the median income for cyber security professionals is $92,600.
Get your (virtual) hands dirty
As a cyber security graduate student, you’ll do more than listen to lectures. Our program provides students with plenty of opportunities for hands-on experimentation and research. You’ll work closely with faculty members whose research interests include secure coding and implementation, cyberattack defense, cryptography, malware detection/prevention and cyber data analysis. And you’ll conduct cyber security research of your own as part of your graduate coursework.
SFA’s computer science research laboratories are equipped with systems and software needed for cyberattack analysis and simulation. Our labs allow you to run simulated attacks, find security flaws and, most importantly, learn how to prevent future cyberattacks.
Graduate programs and requirements
A graduate degree in cybersecurity
Students interested in an M.S. in Cyber Security are required to complete 30 hours of coursework. Required courses for the program include:
- Web security
- Defensive coding and security
- Reverse engineering
- Attack testing
- 9 hours of electives
- Thesis research and writing