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Master of Science in IT-Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Information Technology-Cybersecurity specialization is designed to address the need for Cybersecurity related to software security, database security, information technology management, server administration and numerous other employment fields.

Become a Digital Defender. Cyber Soldier. Master Splasher.

Cybercrime is big business—one trillion dollars per year, with more than 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs nationwide. Hackers can attack anyone, anywhere, anytime. But you can stop them. Become a cyber-warrior by earning an IT-Cybersecurity master's degree online..

UWF is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and serves as the Cybersecurity CAE Regional Resource Center for the Southeast U.S.

Graduate with an edge in the cyber market—and on cybercrime.

Program Description

With an ever-growing demand for IT professionals, students of the MSIT program with a specialization in Cybersecurity will be able to plan, implement, upgrade, manage and monitor security for information assurance and protection of computer networks. The blending of the Internet of Things with network communications has established a terrific need for information systems security. The University of West Florida’s M.S. in Information Technology-Cybersecurity program is designed for students and individuals to become cybersecurity experts in protecting the nation’s most critical information technology systems and infrastructure.

The program focuses on various aspects of cybersecurity as applied to information technology such as Software Assurance and Security, Database Security, Information Security Management, Secure Software development and special topics in cybersecurity research. With 100 percent of the program being offered online, the courses have been carefully blended to meet the real-world requirements and to facilitate hands-on experience for achieving successful careers in the domain of information technology.

Program Highlights

  • Complete the program in four academic semesters
  • Flexible online classes
  • Become a highly skilled, adaptable cybersecurity professional
  • Predict and protect against cybercrime
  • Participate in interactive case studies
  • Graduate funding available

Department Contact

Dr. Ezhil Kalaimannan
Assistant Professor
Building 4, Room 241

Phone: (850) 474-7005

Catalog Description

By 2021 all large companies will have Chief Information Security Officers

Cyber Venture
MSIT Core (15 sh)
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MAN 6156 Management and Organizational Behavior 
COP 5007 Software Engineering Foundations: Java Programming 
COP 5725 Database Systems 
COP 6379 Applied Information Security 
CEN 6016 Software Engineering Process 
Total Hours 15
Cybersecurity Specialization (18 sh)
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CEN 6074 Software Assurance and Security 3
CIS 6376 Database Security 3
CEN 5079 Secure Software Development 3
Advisor Approved Elective
COT 6931 Computer Science Project 6
Total Hours 18

$90,120—Average salary for a Security Analyst

Forbes, The Fastest Growing Job, March 2017

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
  • Submission of official transcripts
    *International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE (145 quantitative and 150 verbal) or MAT (370)
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA/major GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent describing work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals
  • Submission of three recommendation letters

Applicants may check the receipt/status of their materials in MyUWF.