Cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity to their mission. They also know that the current workforce lacks the requisite skills and expertise. Industry estimates that over 1 million cybersecurity jobs worldwide remain unfilled with more than 200,000 of those in the United States. Cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity research and education. TU has been designated a 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 the federal government 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 Cybersecurity Professional Track is designed for working professionals seeking to gain skills and expertise necessary to thrive in this growing field. The program offers an entirely online curriculum, along with an option to take 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.