Battle 21st century threats with a career in cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity at University of the Pacific is a graduate-level program designed to prepare you for a professional career in cybersecurity, an industry projected to grow by 35%* by 2031. In as little as one year, you will learn fundamental principles of security along with cyber defense techniques to protect data from cyber criminals who threaten global economic security.

*, "Information Security Analysts: Occupational Outlook Handbook"

Flexible Schedules

Our program combines the convenience of online learning with a flexible schedule which allows you to balance coursework with your life. All courses are delivered asynchronously, allowing students to engage in coursework anytime, at their own pace. Our faculty is deeply engaged with students to provide you with the support you need to succeed.

Technical Curriculum

Become an expert in a variety of in-demand areas such as cyber defense and offense, software reverse engineering, system administration and security or computer forensics. At the end of the program, you will take a capstone design course to demonstrate your newly developed skills on industry-focused projects.


The Cybersecurity program includes two certificates in the curriculum:

  • Cyber Defense & Offense
  • Secure Software Systems

These 4-course, 12-unit certificates can also be completed individually, and applied towards the full MS degree program within four years.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students will apply to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity through the EngineeringCAS application. The admission process involves a holistic review of your background and experiences. The following are required for admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Official university transcripts1
  • 2.65/4.0 GPA on the last 60 units of undergraduate study 
  • Foundation in computer programming (any language acceptable, Python or C/C++ recommended)
  • Two letters of recommendation

1Official transcripts for all course work taken after high school are required to complete your application. Official transcripts should be sent directly to EngineeringCAS. Detailed instructions, including address, can be found under the EngineeringCAS Applicant Help Center.

Note: Due to the online nature of this program, University of the Pacific cannot issue Forms I-20 or DS-2019 for prospective students seeking sponsorship via F or J visas. However, this program is open to international applicants who wish to take the program in their home country.

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Bootcamp for technical skills

Asynchronous online format

Complete in as little as one year

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Level Up Your Skills
Cybersecurity Bootcamp

At our bootcamp course, you will gain the hands-on technical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed, regardless of your undergraduate degree and professional background. We will focus on fundamentals of cybersecurity, computer networking, assembly programming, operating systems, virtualization and current cybersecurity events.

If you have formal education or industry experience in computer science or computer engineering, you can test out of the bootcamp course and accelerate your degree.

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In-Person Networking

The cybersecurity program sponsors optional in-person activities in the world-class city of San Francisco each year. Join your fellow classmates for community building. Develop technical skills through capture the flag competitions.

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Why Choose Cybersecurity at Pacific?
  • Asynchronous online courses
  • Close faculty interaction
  • 31 course units completed over one to two years
  • Optional in-person events in San Francisco
  • Cybersecurity Bootcamp for technical skills
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