Master of Science in Cybersecurity

With an ever-growing demand for cybersecurity professionals, the M.S. in Cybersecurity prepares graduates to be leaders in the protection of data assets and analysis of potential threats to systems and networks.

Program Description

The Cybersecurity masters degree program focuses on the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend the availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation of information and information systems and the development of secure software systems. The program is offered 100% online. The courses have been carefully blended to meet real-world requirements and to facilitate hands-on experiences that maximize a student's learning outcome in the program.

The program can be completed face-to-face or fully online. All courses are offered using a video-conferencing tool for online students to join live lectures and participate in live interactions between the instructor and the students. Online students are strongly encouraged to attend live lectures synchronously via the video-conferencing tool.

The downtown location positions the Center to conduct innovative teaching, research and training for students, professionals and state agency personnel. The cutting-edge site supports full-spectrum cyber operations including detection, incident response, protection, recovery, and investigation using hands-on, scenario-based training. The Center invests in innovative training to combat the evolving cyber threat landscape. 

Department Contact

Dr. Thomas Reichherzer
Department Chair
Building 4, Room 227

 Phone: (850) 474-2612

Catalog Description

Admissions Requirements

This degree will train the next generation of IT professionals who are interested in broadening and deepening their knowledge of new and emerging technologies in the area of Cybersecurity. The coursework prepares students for leadership roles in cyber-related positions in public, nonprofit, and private organizations and also for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.

With one of the most affordable tuition plans in Florida and state-of-the-art facilities, our Cybersecurity Master's program offers cutting edge curricula and learning environments, with professionally-oriented, hands-on study material.

The department annually awards several scholarships, fellowships, and out-of-state tuition waivers to new and returning students. The department also has limited opportunities for teaching/research assistantships for new and returning students. Please see the departmental website for additional information.

University Requirements

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

Departmental Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate degree major
  • Letter of intent describing the applicant's motivation for the pursuit of a Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree, the extent of related work experience in the field, and future goals related to the attainment of the degree.
  • Submission of a resume
  • Name and contact information of three individuals who can speak to the applicant's ability to successfully complete the program

Program Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" is required for all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Students entering the program with a degree other than Cybersecurity, Computer Science, or Information Technology may be required to complete prerequisite courses in computing and programming. The department offers the following foundational courses to complete the prerequisite coursework:

  • COP5518: Foundations: Computing Essentials
  • COP5007: Foundations: Programming Essentials

Preferred Application Dates (For Assistantships)
Fall & SummerSpring
February 15 October 1

To ensure consideration for all available graduate funding, applicants should submit applications received by the listed Preferred Application Date. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed for admission, but may not be eligible for funding. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.

Graduate Application Deadlines
June 1 October 1 March 1

Application deadlines for most graduate programs. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate coordinator or department chair for more information.