Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting networks, devices, applications, and data from threats and attacks. Cybersecurity includes a body of tools and processes which, when skillfully employed, protect businesses, governments, healthcare institutions, public infrastructure, and other organizations. Cybersecurity addresses the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and technology resources. Aspects of cybersecurity are also known as information assurance, information security, and computer security. Because of the critical nature of computers and networks, and the sensitive nature of the data they contain and communicate, the need for cybersecurity workers has grown rapidly in the last decade. Currently, there are not enough skilled workers to meet the job demands. This has increased the salaries for these positions, and it has become a lucrative field with ample opportunities for employment.
The Chestnut Hill College Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity is a convenient, fully online, 30-36 credit program with highly competitive tuition. Our program is designed for both those applicants who have a computer science or information technology background and those who are changing careers from a non-technical field. The program can be completed in a minimum of 20 months, or 24 months for students new to computer sciences. The courses are taught in accelerated, eight-week modules, allowing students to complete six credits per semester.
Our program is accredited by the Middle States Association.