Master of Science in Cybersecurity –Online Program

Offered by: Wilmington University

College credits:

Course length: 7-15 Weeks



About the M.S. in Cybersecurity

Students earning this degree will be prepared to advance in the growing and challenging field of Cybersecurity. The program offers students the opportunity to learn both tactical and strategic perspectives of Cybersecurity. The combination of tactical and strategic perspectives enables students to become practitioners and leaders in the field of Cybersecurity.

Program Competencies

The graduate student who successfully completes the Cybersecurity program will be expected to:

I. Oral Communication
  • Create and deliver a presentation that adheres to oral presentation best practices.
  • Prepare and deliver a professional presentation related to Cybersecurity.
  • Determine the appropriate verbal communication medium (phone call, meeting, presentation, etc.) for a given situation.
  • Develop an effective verbal communication strategy for a given situation.
II.    Written Communication
  • Determine the appropriate written communication medium (email, text, report, etc.) for a given situation.
  • Develop an effective written communication strategy for a given situation.
  • Correctly use citations, quotations, and references to support written/typed material.
  • Correctly format citations, quotations, and references in accordance with the APA Manual’s standards
  • Format written/typed material, including tables and figures, in accordance with the APA Manual’s standards, including APA style and format.
III.   Critical Thinking
  • Solve an IT/IS and/or Cybersecurity related problem / scenario.
  • Utilize quantitative, qualitative and /or scientific reasoning to solve problems.
  • Use/Apply critical thinking strategies, including reasoning, problem solving, analysis and evaluation.
  • Define a problem or issue and develop questions and methods to address the problem or issue and/or to create new knowledge.
IV.  Information Literacy
  • Identify and analyze the applicability and reliability of research information.
  • Use applicable and reliable research information as support for group and/or individual assignments.
V.    Ethics
  • Critique a scenario/case study involving a Cybersecurity ethical dilemma.
VI.  Cybersecurity Best Practices
  • Apply a Cybersecurity best practice to a scenario.
  • Compare and contrast a given set of Cybersecurity best practices.
VII. Cybersecurity Plan
  • Develop a Cybersecurity plan for a given situation/case study.
  • Analyze / critique a Cybersecurity plan.
VIII. Cybersecurity Tools, Techniques, and Methodologies
  • Compare and contrast a given set of Cybersecurity methodologies.
  • Apply/utilize the appropriate Cybersecurity tool for a given situation/case study.
  • Describe a given Cybersecurity technique.

Program Design

Students who successfully complete the Masters of Science in Cybersecurity will possess a working command of current cybersecurity practices that can be immediately applied to an organization regardless of size. Degree recipients will be capable of managing complex cybersecurity responsibilities and projects from inception to completion. Students have the option to pursue a concentration that caters to their vocational pursuit. Students graduating from the MS in Cybersecurity program should be prepared to provide leadership in the field of Cybersecurity. Graduates will have the following skills, knowledge, and values:

• A core knowledge of Cybersecurity
• Communication, interpersonal, and team skills
• Analytical and critical thinking skills
• Specific skills leading to a career

Information Systems Foundations

Students who have an insufficient level of expertise to enter the program will be identified through a placement exam and will be required to take IST 5500 - IST Fundamentals.


You will take courses such as: 

CYB 6000 Network Security
CYB 6010 Protecting and Securing the OS]
CYB 6020 Vulnerability Assmt and PT
CYB 6030 IDS and IPS
CYB 6040 Cyberthreat Intelligence
CYB 8100 Cybersecurity Capstone
CYB 8101 Research Seminar
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Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:

●      Federal financial aid funds
●      Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
●      The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
●      Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
Active Military or Veteran? If so, talk to your coach or Wilmington University about your eligibility for additional tuition benefits.


●      WilmU’s online classes are primarily offered in 15-week and 7-week formats and you can start every other month.
●      Take your classes online, with flexibility to balance work, school, family, and personal life.
●      Gain knowledge and skills that are career-relevant and can be applied tomorrow.
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