Syracuse University Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Why Syracuse University?

Syracuse University is a large private research university in Syracuse, New York. Applicants to the program should hold an undergraduate degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate competency in basic systems, data structures, discrete mathematics, and programming in C and C++. Students without the necessary technical background are required to enroll in a bridge course.

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

Program Snapshot

University Name Syracuse University
Location Syracuse
State New York Grade A
Name of Degree Master of Science in Cybersecurity
School or Department Administering Program School of Engineering
Credits 30
Cost per credit $1,734.00
Tuition for Entire Program $52,020.00
Test Requirements None
Minimum GPA 3.0
Campus Visit Required? No
Typical Time to Complete 15 months
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations No
Synchronous Classes Yes
Required Courses ·   Computer Security

·   Internet Security

·   Assurance Foundations

·   Design and Analysis of Algorithms

·   Principles of Operating Systems

·   Machine Learning

·   Introduction to Cryptography

·   Biometrics

·   2 Electives

Does the Program Include a Capstone? No
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? No
Other Features that Make the Program Unique virtual immersion experiences featuring industry leaders, Our professors have received recognition from top national security organizations, including funding from the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop their open-source, hands-on cybersecurity curriculum, No. 1 cybersecurity program for veteran and military-connected students, according to Military Times’ rankings, small class sizes, required course in biometrics
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) 1. Identify and analyze vulnerabilities in systems 2. Assess the risks faced by systems 3. Develop countermeasures to remedy risks 4. Develop systems that are secure 5. Deliver software components or systems that have verifiable assurance properties
Program Description This 30-credit program emphasizes engineering topics This is a generalist program with no concentrations offered. The program follows an accelerated course schedule, allowing students to graduate faster and reap the benefits of their degree.


What will I Learn?

Graduates learn how to identify and analyze system vulnerabilities. They are capable of evaluating the threats that systems face. They learn how to design mitigation strategies. They gain the capacity to create safe systems and provide software components or systems with provable security attributes.

All students must take the following courses: Computer Security, Internet Security, Assurance Foundations, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Principles of Operating Systems, Machine Learning, Introduction to Cryptography, and Biometrics. Students can enroll in two electives of their choice. 

The Syracuse program offers small class sizes with faculty who are expert in the field. Faculty at this prestigious university have active research programs, and have received recognition from the National Security Agency and other top organizations. The NSA has provided funding and support to Syracuse for the development of this program’s curriculum, and the program is recognized as a top choice for military-connected students. 

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 15 months and pay $1,734.00 per credit for a total of 30 credits, or $52,020.00 in total.

How does the program fit into my life?

All courses are synchronous, with “live” lecture and discussion occurring at a set class time each week. No campus visit is required. Most students complete the program within 15 months. Students can enter the program in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer semesters.

The program offers small class sizes and virtual immersion experiences with industry leaders.


In exchange for a cost-to-degree that is higher than average, this well-regarded university offers a cybersecurity master’s with small classes taught by innovative research leaders. The program emphasizes engineering topics, and has a required course in biometrics. 

The curriculum’s development was supported by the National Security Agency and the program has strong military connections.  Although the program is higher cost, most students finish their coursework within 15 months, enabling them to re-enter the workforce with higher earning potential.