Master of Science in Cyber Security
Saint Peter’s University is fortunate to be located in the heart of Jersey City, which hosts financial giants such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase in its financial district. The New York City financial district also happens to be minutes away thanks to a multitude of public transportation options which make it very easy to travel between Jersey City and New York City. This gives our students the ability to experience what both cities have to offer from a business perspective as well as a cultural one.
Applications are processed on a rolling basis. The selection process is completed within one week of Graduate Admissions receipt of all required documentation.
Saint Peter’s University, Master’s degree program in Cyber Security is a 30-credit, 10-course program will provide you with the advanced skills you need to protect and defend information systems from cyber-attacks. The Cyber Security graduate courses will be taught in the evening on the Jersey City campus. Each class will be 2 ½ hours and meets one time per week.
The Need for Cyber Security Professionals
Cyber Security is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges that the United States and world economy faces. With every industry becoming increasingly dependent on digital data, data assurance and protection against cyber-attacks is critical. The number of cyber-attacks is increasing and the sophistication of the attacks is evolving. There is a shortage of professionals who can design and implement secure systems to protect an organization’s information technology assets, including critical U.S. infrastructure. The job market for highly trained Cyber Security professionals is expanding rapidly. The Master of Science in Cyber Security program is designed to provide graduate students with the necessary knowledge and hands-on training in computer architecture, networks, and cyber/computer forensics to detect and secure computer systems.
Saint Peter’s University has a Cyber Security Center on the Jersey City campus. This Center provides for a dynamic environment for students to get hands-on training on cyber security and digital forensics software packages and tool kits. Students will learn about the software and tools that can be used to protect the information systems environment of an organization and troubleshoot the cyber-attacks that have breached an organization and compromised its data.
The Master of Science in Cyber Security degree is a 30-credit hour program designed for working professionals and/or students with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering, physics, business, or criminal justice. The program is in alignment with students who wish to increase their knowledge and skills related to the field of cyber security and information assurance, including cyber forensics. The curriculum includes the following courses: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing, Malware Analysis and Defense, Cyber Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics, Disaster Recovery, and more. The degree will give students the knowledge and practice to understand cyber security threats and vulnerabilities, and to be able to help defend computer systems against cyber-attacks.
Faculty members in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences with computer security, information assurance, industry, and research/development experience will teach the courses and advise students.
Cyber Security in New York
“We believe that data is the phenomenon of our time. It is the world’s new natural resource. It is the new basis of competitive advantage, and it is transforming every profession and industry. If all of this is true – even inevitable – then cyber crime, by definition, is the greatest threat to every profession, every industry, every company in the world… That’s why IBM created a Security Business Unit, marshaling the knowledge of 6,000 experts.”
- Ginni Rometty, IBM Corp. Chairman, President and CEO
Occupations for Cyber Security degree program graduates
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Chief Security Officers
- Cyber Security Specialists
- Cyber Security & IT Risk Consultant
- Information Security Analysts
- Database Administrators
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Network Support Specialists
- Criminal Investigation Occupations
- Detectives and Criminal Investigators
- Private Detectives and Investigators
According to a 2015 report on the cybersecurity job market, demand for cybersecurity professionals is surpassing supply and job postings for cybersecurity openings have grown three times as fast as openings for IT jobs overall.
The number of cyber-attacks is increasing and the sophistication of the attacks is evolving. There is a shortage of professionals who can design and implement secure systems to protect the nation’s critical assets, including critical U.S. infrastructure.