Propel Your Future with an Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

University of the Pacific's online Master of Science in Cybersecurity is a state-of-the-art graduate-level program designed to prepare you for a thriving career in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. With the industry projected to grow by 35%* by 2031, there's no better time to invest in your future. In as little as one year, you'll master essential cybersecurity skills such as reverse engineering and cyber defense techniques, and graduate ready to safeguard critical data and combat the growing threat of cybercrimes.

*bls.gov, "Information Security Analysts: Occupational Outlook Handbook"

Flexible Online Experience

Our Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program offers a flexible schedule, enabling you to balance your studies with personal and professional commitments. Asynchronous courses allow you to engage with the material at your own pace, while our dedicated faculty provide the support you need to excel in the program.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Gain expertise in high-demand areas such as cyber defense and offense, software reverse engineering, system administration and computer forensics. Our Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program culminates in a capstone design course, where you'll apply your newly acquired skills to industry-focused projects addressing current cybersecurity challenges.

Built-In Certificates

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.

Bootcamp for technical skills

Asynchronous online format

Complete in as little as one year

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 the Office of Graduate Admission.

Office of Graduate Admission
University of the Pacific
Knoles Hall Room 204
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton CA 95211

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.

Full Time Plan of Study

Summer Start

  Summer Fall Spring

Year 1

  • Cybersecurity Bootcamp*
  • Secure Software Systems
  • Advanced Computer Networking
  • Security Operations – Incident Response & Computer Forensics
  • Software Reverse Engineering
  • Advanced System Administration & Security
  • Cybersecurity Hot Topics
Year 2
  • Vulberability Management
  • Cyber Defense and Offense
  • Cybersecurity Capstone Project
   

 

Fall Start

  Summer Fall Spring

Year 1

 

  • Cybersecurity Bootcamp*
  • Software Reverse Engineering
  • Advanced System Administration & Security
  • Cybersecurity Hot Topics
Year 2
  • Vulberability Management
  • Cyber Defense and Offense
  • Cybersecurity Capstone Project
  • Secure Software Systems
  • Advanced Computer Networking
  • Security Operations – Incident Response & Computer Forensics
 

*Students with a background in computer science or computer engineering may test out of the bootcamp course, reducing the length and cost of the program.


The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program can also be taken on a part-time basis, beginning in Summer or Fall semester (over 6-7 total semesters).

 

Certificate in Secure Software Systems

Students who complete the Secure Software Systems certificate will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of cybersecurity, vulnerabilities, and software reverse engineering. Courses include:

  • Cybersecurity Bootcamp*
  • Vulberability Management
  • Secure Software Systems
  • Software Reverse Engineering

Certificate in Cyber Defense and Offense

Students who complete the Cyber Defense and Offense certificate will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of cybersecurity, cyber defense, and networking. Course include:

  • Cybersecurity Bootcamp*
  • Advanced System Administration and Security
  • Advanced Computer Networking
  • Cyber Defense and Offense

*Students with a background in computer science or computer engineering may test out of the bootcamp course, reducing the length and cost of the certificate programs.

Learn more about the program from Professor Jeff Shafer:

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Level Up Your Skills
Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Our Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program includes a bootcamp designed to equip students from diverse educational and professional backgrounds with the essential technical skills to succeed. Topics covered include:

  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals
  • Computer Networking
  • Assembly Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Virtualization
  • Current Cybersecurity Events

Students with a background in computer science or computer engineering may test out of the bootcamp course, reducing the length and cost of the overall program.

Why Pursue a Master of Science in Cybersecurity?

  • Specialized Knowledge – A Master of Science in Cybersecurity can give you the specialized knowledge and skills to stay up to date with the latest industry trends

  • Industry Demand and Job Security – The demand for cybersecurity professionals is rapidly increasing, and having a Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree can make you more competitive in the job market

  • Personal Growth – Have a passion in deepening your technical knowledge and skills? Graduate school is a challenging and rewarding experience that will help you develop critical thinking skills and improve your problem-solving ability

  • Networking opportunities – Grad school provides you with opportunities to network with professionals in the field of cybersecurity, including faculty, guest speakers, and fellow students. This can lead to valuable connections and career opportunities

 

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Exclusive In-Person Networking Opportunities

The Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity program sponsors optional in-person events in the vibrant city of San Francisco each year, fostering community building and networking opportunities. Join your fellow classmates, develop technical skills, and participate in engaging capture the flag competitions.

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