Today there are more than 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs around the globe waiting to be filled. Earn your cybersecurity master’s degree at Canisius University and work on the front lines of cyberspace to make the online world a safer, more secure environment. As Western New York’s only technology-based master’s level cybersecurity program, our program offers personal mentoring and support by faculty and unique opportunities for internships, professional certification and more. 

$930/credit hour (View financing options)
1-2.5 years
30-39 Credits, Full-time or Part-time
Currently Accepting Applications For
Summer, Fall and Spring

Receive the Best Cybersecurity Training at Canisius

Protect businesses and government organizations from harmful data breaches. Defend from hacking intrusions. Secure vital networks that enable swift communication, strengthen commerce and allow us to connect with others from across the globe.

The cybersecurity master’s degree at Canisius University offers a unique, technology-based curriculum that opens up opportunities for programmers, engineers and software developers to advance their careers. For those looking to change careers, you’ll get foundational knowledge and hands-on experience to break into the field. Our program also adheres to Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Guidelines.

Canisius Cyber Security Center

At Canisius, you’ll engage in real-world cybersecurity training via internships with local businesses and hands-on learning experiences through various projects and collaborations. You’ll learn to perform information security risk assessments, identify potential threats and develop threat mitigation strategies to protect valuable networks. You’ll also gain a strong understanding of 21st-century cybersecurity tools and how to build them in a state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab on campus. 

Network with others and access special cybersecurity training, webinars, lectures and certifications such as Security+ and Certified Ethical Hacker with our partnerships with CompTIA, EC-Council and the U.S. Cyber Command. These rich partnerships make Canisius one of the best cybersecurity colleges in New York for value and academic excellence

We’ll Work With You To Shape Your Program

We designed this graduate program to work with your level of education and experience. No matter where you are in your career – just starting out, jumping to a new field, or building on years of experience – your program can be tailored to suit you.

  • Foundation courses get you up to speed. If you’re a new grad or a career changer with little or no experience in the field, you can develop the core competencies that you need for long-term success right at the beginning of your program.
  • Foundation courses can be waived with relevant experience. If you’re a seasoned pro eager to deepen your knowledge and hone your skills even further, you can get right into the material – and get to degree completion faster. 

Contact @email to connect with a graduate admissions advisor and see what your path to a graduate degree could look like.

Career Opportunities for Cybersecurity Program Graduates

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing fields in the nation and around the world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 35 percent over the next decade — more than four times the average growth rate for all occupations. There are an estimated 3 million cybersecurity jobs needing to be filled globally, and more than 700,000 in the United States.

Graduates with a cybersecurity master’s degree can find a wealth of opportunities as computer and information systems managers, cybersecurity consultants, network security engineers or even chief information officers. Corporate giants like Microsoft and Google, along with the U.S. Federal government, are always searching for employees with top-notch cybersecurity training. 

Since demand for cybersecurity experts is high, salaries are rewarding. The median pay for information security analysts, based on recent data from the BLS, is $102,600. 

Where Our Alumni Have Worked

  • Senior Software Engineer,CUBRC 
  • Assistant Instructor, Canisius University
  • Software Engineer, TenEleven Group 
  • Threat Detection Engineer, GitHub 
  • Software Developer, SitusAMC
  • Cybersecurity Operations Defense Analyst, M&T Bank 
  • SAP Security Compliance Analyst, Moog Inc. 
  • Senior Consultant, Software Developer, Booz Allen Hamilton 
  • Technology Teacher, KenTon Union Free School District 
  • Cybersecurity Solutions Architect, M&T Bank

U.S. CYBERCOM Partnership 

The Canisius cybersecurity program is a proud member of U.S. CYBERCOM’s Academic Engagement Network, which gives students access to exclusive resources not found in other programs. This partnership connects students with cutting-edge problems in the cyber domain. Benefits include:

  • Invitations to exclusive webinars about U.S. CYBERCOM’s most pressing technical and non-technical problems and key DoD programs that impact cyberspace.
  • Access to guest lecturers from U.S. CYBERCOM on cyberspace strategy, policy, law, innovation and workforce issues.

Learn more about U.S. CYBERCOM

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Cybersecurity Program Highlights

  • Open to students of any undergraduate background. Programming bridge courses offered for students from a non-computer science background to meet STEM requirements
  • Flexible schedule – enroll full- or part-time
  • State-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab on campus
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  • Personal mentorship and support provided directly from experienced faculty who are industry experts in fields such as network security
  • Funding and scholarship opportunities available
  • Strong local business connections and premier internship opportunities in industries including health care and banking
  • Solid grounding in technology ethics and cyber justice guided by our Jesuit tradition
  • Curriculum follows national recommendations set by ACM & NSA
  • The program prepares students for general cybersecurity certifications
  • Reduced certification costs through partnership with CompTia
  • GMAT/GRE not required
  • STEM major eligible for 24-month OPT extension

Featured Courses in the Cybersecurity Master’s Degree

  • Cybersecurity Principles – Examine the landscape and broad areas of cybersecurity including database security, malware, software security and many other topics while completing hands-on labs and exercises to reinforce your knowledge of computer, network and information security. This course prepares students for CompTia's Security+ Certification.
  • Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing – Gain an in-depth understanding of how to effectively protect computer networks by learning the tools and penetration testing methodologies used by ethical hackers. This course prepares students for EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker Certification.
  • Secure Software Engineering – Learn secure programming practices that are necessary to develop applications that withstand cyberattacks and common software exploits.
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STEM Designation- International Students 

Certain F-1 Students who receive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees can apply for a 24-month post-completion OPT extension. This program qualifies as a STEM designated program. Speak with your admissions counselor to learn more. 

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Canisius Data Programs at a Glance

We offer three data-focused graduate programs: Cybersecurity MS, Data analytics MS or advanced certificate, and Business analytics MS. See which one fits your interests and goals.

Find the Data Program That’s Right for You

Choose cybersecurity if:

  • You want to focus on engineering, programming and developing business and organization networks.
  • You want the most technical of our data programs.

Choose data analytics if:

  • You want to focus on advanced data analysis to synthesize insights and build skills applicable across a range of industries and organizations.
  • You want the most scientific of our data programs.

Learn more about Data Analytics

Choose business analytics if:

  • You want to focus on using data to identify trends, inform narratives and generate solutions and drive business decisions.
  • You want the most commercial of our data programs.

Learn more about Business Analytics