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University of Missouri St Louis Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Why University of Missouri St Louis?

The University of Missouri St Louis, a medium-sized public research university in St Louis, Missouri recruits applicants to its online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. Applicants to the program should hold an undergraduate degree that included coursework in business statistics, and at least one semester of computer programming, or equivalent work experience in software development. ​

​​Students without a programming or statistics background can fulfill these requirements prior to enrolling. Standardized test scores are not required, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is expected.

Program Snapshot

University Name University of Missouri St Louis
Location St. Louis
State Missouri
Niche.com Grade B
Name of Degree Master of Science in Cybersecurity
School or Department Administering Program College of Business Administration and College of Arts and Sciences
Credits 30
Cost per credit $646.00
Tuition for Entire Program $19,380.00
Test Requirements Optional GMAT
Minimum GPA 3.0
Campus Visit Required? No
Typical Time to Complete 2-3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations ·   Information Systems

·   Computer Systems

Synchronous Classes Some
Required Courses ·   Systems and it Infrastructure

·   Management of Data Networks and Security

·   Principles of Information Security

·   Advanced Cybersecurity Concepts

·   Software Assurance

·   Management of Information Security

·   Project Management

·   Capstone in Information Security

·   2 Electives

Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? No
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education; curriculum covers latest innovations; faculty with active research projects; Cybersecurity and Information Technology Innovation Lab’s virtual environment; capstone project with students from computer science program working together to solve a problem.
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) Resolve complex cybersecurity issues through fundamental principles and formal models; Enforce security and compliance requirements while implementing your organization’s information security policies; Manage risks through the selection and maintenance of information systems; Clearly communicate cybersecurity issues to a range of professionals—from technical-minded information technology employees to executives and stakeholders; Effectively lead cybersecurity teams through day-to-day tasks, new security detection efforts and emergencies;
Program Description This 30-credit program is taught from a business and management perspective. Two concentration options are offered. A capstone is required. The program follows a traditional course schedule

 

What will I Learn?

Through core principles and formal models, graduates will be able to handle difficult cybersecurity concerns. They’ll learn how to enforce security and compliance regulations and policies, as well as how to manage risks by selecting and maintaining information systems. Graduates can clearly communicate cybersecurity issues to a variety of professions, ranging from technical-minded IT personnel to executives and stakeholders. They’ll also be able to lead cybersecurity teams through day-to-day work, new security detection initiatives, and emergency situations.

Students can choose a concentration in Information Systems or a concentration in Computer Systems.

All students take Systems and IT Infrastructure, Management of Data Networks and Security, Principles of Information Security,  Advanced Cybersecurity Concepts, Software Assurance, Management of Information Security, and Project Management. 2 electives are determined by the  chosen concentration. All students complete a collaborative capstone project with students from the computer science Master’s program, working together to solve a real-world cybersecurity problem. 

The program has been designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The curriculum covers the latest innovations in the field, thanks to faculty with active research projects. Students have access to the Cybersecurity and Information Technology Innovation Lab’s virtual environment. 

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2-3 years and pay $646.00 per credit for a total of 30 credits, or $19,380.00 in total.

How does the program fit into my life?

An asynchronous schedule is available for some courses, meaning that students can complete the course material at any time during the week. For some courses, students are required to attend a live lecture online. No campus visit is required. Most students complete the program within 2-3 years. Students can enter the program in Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

Summary

The lower-cost cybersecurity master’s program at this regional university is taught from a business and management perspective, highlighting problem-solving, collaboration, and communication. The capstone in cooperation with computer science students is a distinctive feature, as is the required course in project management. Students learn from faculty research experts using an innovative virtual environment.