Cyber security is one of the fastest growing and highest-demand job specializations available in today’s workforce. Both private and public sector organizations across a broad range of industries have recently recognized the importance of cyber security to their mission. They also know that the current workforce lacks the requisite skills and expertise. Industry estimates that over 1 million cyber security jobs worldwide remain unfilled with more than 200,000 of those in the United States. Cyber security professionals command an average 9 percent salary premium over other IT workers.
For more than two decades, The University of Tulsa (TU) has been at the forefront of cyber security research and education. TU has been an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CD) since 2000 — one of the first 14 institutions awarded this distinction. TU also is recognized by NSA as a CAE in IA Research and Cyber Operations. TU graduates have gone on to leading roles in the private and public sectors, as well as academia.
The Master of Science in Cyber Security Professional Track is designed for working professionals seeking to gain skills and expertise necessary to thrive in this growing field. The program offers both 100% online courses and immersive courses in which students spend one week on campus completing hands-on, intensive training guided by faculty. The program is designed to be completed in 24 months, and students can continue to work as full-time professionals while completing the degree program.
The program accepts new students in the fall, spring and summer terms. Applications are processed as they are received, and prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Admission into this program requires a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), however, the GRE requirement may be waived under certain conditions. Please review the GRE Waiver Form for more information.
Graduates are well equipped to meet the demand and serve in intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding roles that strengthen national and global security. Graduates of the program master the theory, concepts, and techniques of information assurance and network defense in real-world environments. The M.S. in Cyber Security serves students with backgrounds in computer science as well as other disciplines. Graduates from the program develop technical and professional skills highly sought after by federal government agencies, national laboratories, law enforcement and intelligence communities and the private sector.