The online M.S. in Cybersecurity program from Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science takes you beyond theoretical thinking — it gives you real-world experience identifying, preventing and counteracting cybercrime through cutting-edge research, curricular innovations and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Earn your Cyber Security Master’s Degree Online with Syracuse University

The College of Engineering and Computer Science has a long and proud history of preparing students to produce practical and sustainable solutions for the most important technological, scientific, and social challenges impacting the future. In the program, you will learn from a faculty of cybersecurity specialists and professionals dedicated to your success, and graduate with a degree from an internationally recognized institution.

Online Cyber Security Curriculum

The cyber security master’s program online requires you to complete 30 total credits via live, online classes during which you will interact with faculty and peers face to face. The curriculum will prepare you to: 

  • Design inherently secure computer and information systems
  • Apply mathematical logic for systems assurance
  • Analyze and detect malware, data breaches, and other cyberattacks, and 
  • Detect data mining and anomalies to identify suspicious cyber behavior.

Online Cyber Security Admissions

The College of Engineering and Computer Science seeks graduate students who have a passion to protect tomorrow’s technology and are prepared to apply themselves to the rigorous program. The online master’s degree in cybersecurity is best suited for applicants that have prior demonstrated academic and/or work experience within the following prerequisite requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, cyber security (with a strong technical and math component) program or in a related field from an accredited institution, with an average GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrated core competencies in basic systems knowledge, data structures, discrete mathematics, and high-level programming (C and C++) are recommended.

To ensure that all our enrolled students are well prepared for the academic rigor of the program, we also offer two preparatory courses available for those who do not have prior demonstrated academic and/or work experience in areas such as programming, discrete math and data structure, and other key areas. 

Syracuse University offers four start dates annually in January, April, July and October. 

Application Requirements

Prospective students should have a strong interest in computing and computer systems, and in further developing the necessary skills to take on advanced computing and cybersecurity challenges.

The application review board takes a holistic approach when reviewing applicants. We take into consideration all facets of a student’s background including, but not limited to: undergraduate degree, mathematical competency, additional education completed, GPA, related work experience and background.

The review board looks for an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, or a related STEM field with an average GPA of 3.0 or better. Some applicants also hold graduate degrees, but this is not required for admission to the program.

Application Checklist

Online application

Official transcripts


Letters of recommendation

Personal statement

Test scores

Application fee

Request information to learn more about the admissions process.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financing Your Degree

When evaluating how to pay for your master’s degree, you may pursue a number of resources available to you, including tuition assistance from your employer, scholarships and student loan programs. Please note that this program does not accept outside agency tuition credits that your company may have received from Syracuse University. You may be eligible to apply for the following to assist in paying your tuition:

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: 

Students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 in Direct Unsubsidized Loans per academic year, regardless of personal or spousal income.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans: 

All graduate students are potentially eligible to apply for Graduate PLUS Loan funding each academic year. This credit-based loan can be used to cover tuition and fees, and could provide you with funding for living expenses up to the cost of attendance.

Private Loans: 

Students who require additional assistance may apply for education loans through private lenders.


Students may be eligible to apply for outside scholarships.

Veterans Benefits: 

Students are eligible to explore the use of VA Education Benefits to fund their graduate program. 

Employer Sponsorship: 

Check with your employer’s personnel or human resources division regarding tuition sponsorship.

Visit our online graduate programs page to learn more about the Online M.S. in Cybersecurity