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.
John and Crystal Lister, GPSG, Reston, Virginia
As University of Tulsa alumni, John and Crystal Lister are exploring the exciting career possibilities that a degree from the TU Tandy School of Computer Science provides. The husband and wife are members of the senior leadership team at Global Professional Services Group (GPSG) in Reston, Virginia. Although GPSG is primarily a recruiting company, John and Crystal implement their cyber capabilities to grow the enterprise and flex their cyber muscles in the digital security sector. They trace the expertise and skillset required to accomplish such a task can be traced back to Tulsa and their cyber security education at TU. Read their story.
Phil McAllister, Instagram, New York
With more than one billion monthly users, Instagram is the world’s top photo-sharing mobile app, capturing life’s moments in photos and videos for an online audience. Instagram has become a household name with the help of TU alumnus Philip McAllister (BS ’04). Read his story.
Nathan Singleton, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nathan Singleton (BS ’08, MS ’10) has blazed his own trail to success first as a veteran, then a University of Tulsa student and now as a cybersecurity professional. He was the first full-time cybersecurity employee at a Tulsa-based drilling and technology company. Read about Nathan.
Tony Meehan, Endgame, Washington, D.C.
With two TU degrees to his name, Tony Meehan (BS ’03, MS ’05) has found his purpose in the cybersecurity field. Meehan is Vice President of Engineering at Endgame, an endpoint security software product company specializing in stopping advanced cyber threats. Their mission: to stop attackers from stealing data. The company recently announced its acquisition by Elastic, a public company with a focus on search, logging, security, and analytics. More about Tony.
Accepting students fall, spring or summer terms
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.
To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:
- A completed Graduate School application
- Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
- GRE General Test results or an approved GRE waiver
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- $55 application fee
- International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results