Demand for cybersecurity experts is higher than ever. Analysts are needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information from computer networks.
The Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Saint Joseph's University will prepare you to face the cybersecurity challenges of today and anticipate the threats of tomorrow, opening new opportunities for advancement in your industry. The main objective of the program is to expose you to state-of-the-art concepts and techniques in the area of cybersecurity as well as provide necessary theoretical and technical computational skills. A master’s in cybersecurity will provide an understanding of the latest technologies, techniques and issues in digital security.
This program does not require a background in cybersecurity or computer science. Students also have the option to complete the cybersecurity stackable certificate first and take only five additional courses to earn their master's degree.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Saint Joseph's cybersecurity graduate program helps students succeed as practicing cybersecurity specialists and prepares them to pursue PhD studies in cybersecurity or related fields after graduation. This program is ideal for those seeking to advance their career into management roles as well as students working toward a PhD.
The cybersecurity degree at Saint Joseph's is a stackable program, meaning if you successfully complete the cybersecurity certificate program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you can take just five additional courses to receive a master’s degree in cybersecurity. You must submit an application to matriculate into the cybersecurity MS program.
This program is taught by faculty experts who are on the cutting edge of the cybersecurity industry. In this program, you will hone your skills, learn from top industry leaders and obtain real-world experience and specialized skills for a successful career.
You will gain a deeper understanding of various types of system and network vulnerabilities, digital forensics, mobile app security, social network security, cyberattacks, cyber law and issues surrounding ethics, risk management and evidence collection. This program also includes a research project component.
Students will develop a responsible and ethical understanding of the critical issues of cybersecurity, acquiring the expertise to help individuals and organizations defend against cyberattacks and protect data from theft and damage. Providing a frontline defense ensures the safe development of future digital technology.
What Can I Do with a Master's in Cybersecurity?
With the continued need for cybersecurity professionals, earning a master's degree can help you take advantage of a large number of open positions in roles such as:
- Cybersecurity specialist
- Application security administrator
- Cloud security architect
- Data privacy officer
- Data security analyst
- Information assurance analyst
Affordable tuition options start at $1,057 per credit.*
*This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph's University after June 1, 2023. Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023, differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information. Tuition rates may change.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
Saint Joseph's is a Yellow Ribbon School that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand your benefits.
Why Pursue a Cybersecurity MS in Philadelphia?
Philadelphia is one of the major corporate centers in the U.S., housing headquarters for more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies in need of cybersecurity professionals.
To be considered for admission you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall semester.
- Fall: August
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the graduate admission page for more information about the application process and additional requirements for international students.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to Randstad USA, the average salary for a cybersecurity engineer in Philadelphia ranges from $120,013 to $179,161 annually, significantly higher than the median salary of $102,600 per year reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Merit-based scholarships are available in the first semester of study to eligible students accepted into the program. For questions regarding the requirements to qualify for the scholarship, please contact the graduate admissions office.