The MSA with a specialization in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online, designed to prepare students for leadership roles in cyber-related positions in public, nonprofit, and private organizations. Coursework also prepares students for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Analyze concepts, principles, and theories of computing and modern programming languages for use in cyber security-related programs and projects
  • Evaluate interactions of hardware and software for the interoperability of computer and network resources
  • Design network monitoring and real-time security solutions
  • Integrate successful fundamental business principles as part of an interdisciplinary solution set to address cyber-related issues in multiple organizations
  • Identify evaluation strategies for use in administrative and organizational settings

Critical Thinking

  • Analyze advanced persistent cyber threats
  • Employ a variety of tools and techniques to analyze and resolve problems generated by cyber incidents
  • Evaluate cyber incidents for risk and resolution
  • Evaluate data structures and algorithms to solve scientific problems
  • Formulate solutions for cybersecurity problems
  • Apply fundamentals of economics, financial management, marketing management, organizational behavior and general management to enrich the decision making processes in organizations


  • Disseminate short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity
  • Communicate using appropriate tools and technologies
  • Deliver effective oral and written communications


  • Analyze professional, legal and ethical issues in cybersecurity
  • Analyze issues relating to management ethics and social responsibility
  • Integrate risk management and business continuity throughout an organization
  • Articulate the responsibilities of a computing professional

Project Management 

  • Design short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies
  • Employ effective project management skills to develop a project plan, monitor, and track development efforts through design, implementation and testing of computer-based solutions
  • Work as part of a team in the development of cybersecurity-related solutions
  • Structure evaluation processes for efficient and effective project evaluation

Admissions Requirements

Cybersecurity Specialization requirements:

  • GRE score prior to admission
  • A letter of intent
  • Three letters of professional reference

For more specific graduate admissions requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available from the Online UWF Catalog and Core Courses.

Research Opportunities

Faculty members in Cybersecurity are known for their teaching and research expertise. There are many opportunities for students to assist faculty in cybersecurity research.

Areas of interest include:

  • To be listed shortly 

Career Opportunities

MSA graduates with a specialization in Cybersecurity have many employment options or they may further their education in this area of specialization. These graduates are prepared for administrative and management positions within:

  • Public and private agencies
  • Government Agencies
  • Corporate settings
  • Community Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • College and Universities
  • School Settings

Possible job titles for MSA/Cybersecurity graduates can include:

  • IT Specialist(INFOSEC)
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Project Manager/Cyber Security
  • Information Technology Risk and Assurance Manager

Contact Us

Dr. Sikha Bagui
MSA/Cybersecurity Coordinator
Department of Computer Science

11000 University Parkway, Building 4, Room 227
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: (850) 474-3022