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

  • 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 Cybersecurity program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a related discipline.

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

    The University catalog addresses admission requirements for the cybersecurity program.

  • Cybersecurity Courses

    Students take courses in network security, digital forensics and cyber crime, cybersecurity 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 Cybersecurity 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:

  • Cybersecurity Career Opportunities

    Graduates with a Cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity field is rapidly growing, with employers including NSA/CSS Texas; the 24th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber); the 25th Air Force (Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance); 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 cybersecurity professionals.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate cybersecurity 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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St. Mary’s hosts an annual cybersecurity and mobile apps camp for junior high and high school students during the summer.

Learn more about the Cybersecurity Programs

Interested in pursuing a master’s in Cybersecurity? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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