Southern Utah University Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Why Southern Utah University?

The online Master of Science in Cybersecurity offered by Southern Utah University. Southern Utah University, a medium-sized public university in Cedar City, Utah Applicants to the program should hold an undergraduate degree in Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Standardized test scores are not required, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is expected.

Program Snapshot

University Name Southern Utah University
Location Cedar City
State Utah Grade B
Name of Degree Master of Science in Cybersecurity
School or Department Administering Program Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Credits 33
Cost per credit $485.00
Tuition for Entire Program $16,005.00
Test Requirements None
Minimum GPA 3.0
Campus Visit Required? No
Typical Time to Complete Most students complete the program within 1 year.
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations ·   Cyber Operations

·   Information Assurance

Synchronous Classes No
Required Courses ·   Network and Cloud Security

·   Project Management

·   Risk Management

·   Cyber Law and Investigations

·   Cybersecurity Auditing

·   Research Methods for Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

·   Advanced Persistent Threats

·   Cyber Operations

·   Cryptography Fundamentals

·   Digital Forensics

·   Compliance and Cybersecurity

·   Security Frameworks

·   Special Topics

·   Capstone/internship/thesis or 2 Electives

Does the Program Include a Capstone? Optional
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? Optional
Other Features that Make the Program Unique NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), graduate tuition waiver scholarships available, travel funding for student conference attendance available, required course in research methods
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) trained for careers in: digital forensics cyber investigations security policy development and compliance data management systems security data security analysis risk management network security
Program Description Requiring students to complete 33 credits, the program highlights computer scence techniques. Two concentration options are offered. Students can choose to complete an optional capstone experience. Students can choose to participate in an optional internship. The program follows an accelerated course schedule, allowing students to graduate faster and reap the benefits of their degree.


What will I Learn?

The emphasis throughout the program is training for careers in digital forensics, cyber investigations, security policy development, compliance data management systems, security data security analysis, risk management, and network security.

The program is a generalist program following an accelerated course schedule. Students take courses in Network and Cloud Security, Project Management, Risk Management, and Cyber Law and Investigations. Deeper approaches are learned in Cybersecurity Auditing, Research Methods for Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Advanced Persistent Threats, and Cyber Operations. They learn key techniques in Cryptography Fundamentals, Digital Forensics, Compliance and Cybersecurity and Security Frameworks. The most current challenges and innovations in cybersecurity are covered in Special Topics. 

Students can choose between taking two approved electives or a capstone experience. The capstone can take the form of an internship, research project, or thesis.

The program is an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 1 year and pay $485.00 per credit for a total of 33 credits, or $16,005.00 in total.

To reduce costs, the program encourages students to apply for available graduate tuition waiver scholarships and/or travel funding for conference attendance.

How does the program fit into my life?

All courses are asynchronous, meaning that students complete coursework on their own schedule each week, including watching pre-recorded lectures and participating in online discussion. No campus visit is required.

Students can enter the program in Fall, Spring or Summer semester. NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).


The lower-cost cybersecurity master’s program at this regional university emphasizes computer science skills and approaches. Offering an accelerated curriculum, the degree allows students to finish their program more quickly and re-enter the workforce with expanded skills. 

Students can choose to complete an optional capstone experience and/or an optional internship. The program balances some elements of choice with a comprehensive foundational curriculum, made distinctive by its required course in research methods.