Saint Joseph’s University Launches New Master’s Program for Cybersecurity

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Department of Computer Science at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) will begin enrolling students in fall 2019 for the launch of a new master’s degree in cybersecurity. The fully online program will expose students to the most recent information technologies and methodologies that strengthen the security and resilience of cyberspace.

Cybersecurity is of increasing concern across all industries as cyber attacks have grown in frequency, and analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from accessing computer networks. The current average annual salary of cybersecurity professionals is $116,000, nearly three times the national median income for full-time wage and salary workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“This program will properly develop cybersecurity professionals of the future and meet the growing industry demand as employers continue to put great emphasis on cybersecurity,” says Joshua Power, Ed.D., executive director of graduate and extended studies in SJU's College of Arts and Sciences. “Saint Joseph’s graduate programs are designed to advance your career, whether you want to move forward in your current industry or change career trajectories completely.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment prospects for experts such as information security analysts will grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, significantly faster than the average of 7 percent for all occupations.

The 30-credit, stackable program expands on the existing cybersecurity certificate program, which premiered in fall 2018. Students who successfully complete the cybersecurity certificate program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may take five additional courses to receive a master’s degree in cybersecurity. The program was designed to be flexible and can be completed in as few as 12 months. Merit-based scholarships are available.

For more information on the Cybersecurity M.S., including how to apply, please visit www.sju.edu/cyberMS.




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