Online M.S. in Cybersecurity

Flexible Online Format
Accelerated Learning
Personal Attention

Advance Your Career in Cybersecurity

The online M.S. in Cybersecurity degree from the University of West Florida prepares graduates to be leaders in the protection of data assets and sensitive information. Featuring a curriculum focused on defense techniques, policies, operations and technologies, this program trains students to analyze and respond to potential security threats. It is delivered in a fully online format that blends theoretical learning with hands-on experience and interactive case studies.

With four concentrations to choose from — data security, national security, security management or software and system security — you can customize your degree to meet your career goals. Courses are taught by expert faculty using the Florida Cyber Range, an innovative platform for cybersecurity education. UWF’s graduate cybersecurity program can be completed in two years.

Prepare for in-demand careers and defend organizations against cybercrime with this fully online degree.

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Concentrations

Choose one of four career-focused concentrations to gain the right skills for the job you want. Each option aligns with the National Institute of Standards and Technology's NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework categories.

Data Security

  • Learn best practices and techniques for modeling, analyzing and securing data to prevent and investigate digital crimes.
  • Study techniques to monitor and manage system and network security processes.
  • Prepare for roles like security analyst and data security engineer.

National Security

  • Use the latest policy and theoretical approaches to lead in today’s global security environment.
  • Learn to analyze and respond to national security and cybersecurity threats.
  • Pursue careers in intelligence, consulting and public service.

Security Management

  • Gain the skills to oversee tech teams and establish cybersecurity-related policies and procedures.
  • Learn to apply management principles in cybersecurity contexts.
  • Get qualified for roles such as cybersecurity policy analyst and cybersecurity management analyst.

Software and System Security

  • Study defensive programming techniques to reduce the risk of cyber attacks.
  • Learn to monitor networks and systems to prevent unauthorized access and investigate digital crimes.
  • Develop the skills necessary for careers like penetration tester, cybersecurity specialist and cyber threat analyst.

Start Dates

First Spring Start

Start Date: January 19, 2021

Second Spring Start

Start Date: March 15, 2021

First Summer Start

Start Date: May 10, 2021

Why Should You Pursue Our M.S. in Cybersecurity?

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Flexible Online Format

This program is delivered fully online, allowing students to learn on their schedule.

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Accelerated Learning

UWF’s online M.S. in Cybersecurity program can be completed in just two years.

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Personal Attention

Students in this program receive individualized attention from expert faculty with years of relevant experience.

Cybersecurity Careers

  • Information Security Analyst

    Information security analysts are responsible for developing and implementing security measures for a business’s network and computer systems.

    Job growth: 28 percent

    Median annual salary: $95,510

  • Network Administrator

    Responsible for maintaining an organization’s network security, a network administrator assesses and improves network performance.

    Job growth: 6 percent

    Median annual salary: $81,10

  • Database Administrator

    Database administrators ensure that an organization’s data and sensitive information is secure.

    Job growth: 11 percent

    Median annual salary: $87,020

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

    These professionals plan and implement technology strategies in organizations of all types.

    Job growth: 12 percent

    Median annual salary: $139,220

* Job growth (from 2016 through 2026) and median annual salary (as of 2017) figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Benefits of Online Learning

With our affordable program’s convenient online format, you can easily fit your studies into your busy schedule while building a strong foundation in the skills you need to succeed in your career.

  • Learn from experienced faculty in a personalized environment
  • Grasp concepts through innovative, high-tech learning strategies
  • Have access to numerous resources

We Are Here For You

From enrollment through graduation, you’ll have support throughout your entire educational experience at the University of West Florida.

  • Enrollment Counselors

    Enrollment counselors will guide you through the admission process, helping you find the right program and answering all of your questions.

  • Transcript Team

    Our transcript team will review your transcripts if you’ve already earned credits at another higher education institution.

  • Advising Assistants

    Advising assistants will provide you with encouragement and assistance as you complete your studies.

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