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Cyber Security at St. Mary’s

Cyber threats are a constant concern in today’s digital world, and organizations are faced with constantly staying a step ahead of cybercriminals to prevent attacks.

A master’s in Cyber Security from St. Mary’s provides students with knowledge, skills and best practices on how to monitor, secure and safeguard an organization’s digital assets.

  • National Designation

    St. Mary’s University, through the M.S. in Cyber Security program, has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

  • Degree Plans

    This uniquely St. Mary’s program combines technical rigor with sound ethics and implications to the law.

    Choose from a master’s degree or a certificate:

  • Admission Requirements

    To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Cyber Security program, applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a related discipline.

    Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline can be admitted upon evaluation.

    We do not require GRE scores from applicants.

    The University catalog addresses admission requirements for the cyber security program.

  • Cyber Security Courses

    Students take courses in network security, digital forensics and cyber crime, cyber security risk management, cryptography, software security, and cyber law to get hands-on experience with protecting networks, computers, programs, and institutional data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. Students have two options when earning a Master of Science in Cyber Security degree:

    • Project option: 30 credit hours of course work plus 3 credit hours of a capstone project.
    • Thesis option: 27 credit hours of course work plus 6 credit hours of thesis work.

    See the catalog for details:

  • Cyber Security Career Opportunities

    Graduates with a Cyber Security degree can provide expertise in the public and private sectors, benefiting the needs of large and small businesses, the U.S. government and military, contractors and research organizations.

    In San Antonio alone, the cyber security field is rapidly growing, with employers including NSA/CSS Texas; the 16th Air Force; the U.S. Air Force Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division; and numerous military contractors such as General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Booz Allen Hamilton located in the area.

    Additionally, Southwest Research Institute, USAA, Rackspace, Digital Defense and IPSecure represent a few of many private organizations that hire cyber security professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the Master of Science in Cyber Security program at St. Mary’s University should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cyber security principles, design approaches, standards, and new technologies
  2. Show knowledge, skills, and best practices on how to monitor, secure, and safeguard cyber assets
  3. Apply hands-on skills on protecting networks, computers, programs, and institutional data from attacks, damage or unauthorized access
  4. Demonstrate sound digital forensic methodology in the examination of different operating systems
  5. Explain software defects and vulnerabilities, and how to mitigate defects through software design process

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We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have! Feel free to reach out to learn more about St. Mary’s University.

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