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M.S. in Cyber and Information Security

Computer Science, Mathematics and Science


The M.S. in Cyber and Information Security at St. John’s University is a 30 credit master’s program that combines cybersecurity and information science. It is designed with cybersecurity specialists, IT enterprise professionals, and data scientists in mind. However, the knowledge it provides can serve the cybersecurity skills needs of the wider community of IT managers and computer professionals.

Given the pervasive nature of cyber threats this master’s program gives students an edge in the job market and the world around them.

It appeals to students who want to become cybersecurity specialists as well as data scientists already in the field who need to upgrade their skills. It is designed to accommodate both students with undergraduate degrees in IT and Computer Science as well as career changers. 

The program offers a learning path flexibility with:

  • Hybrid courses
  • The ability for career changers or those with no undergraduate computer science background to use electives to acquire the required credits in programming and networking science.


To be admitted to the M.S. in Cyber and Information Security program all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prerequisite requirements:
    • Programming I (CUS 620)
    • Networks – Forms and Functions (NET 510)

Students interested in applying to this program and do not meet the prerequisites will be given the opportunity to enroll in a bridge course. This consists of one course in intensive programming and one course in computer networks. These courses will be taken in place of two electives.

Degree Requirements

CORE COURSES: 15 credits

12 credits in:

  • CYB 611 - Foundations in Cybersecurity
  • CYB 615 - Protection of Digital Infrastructure (Network Security)
  • CYB 621- Cybersecurity Laws, Regulations and Best Practices
  • CYB 625 - Principles of Secure Scripting and Cryptography

3 credits from:

  • CYB 790 or CYB 795 

SPECIALIZATION: 9 credits from one of the following tracks:


  • CYB 711 - Intrusion Detection and analysis
  • CYB 715 - Penetration testing and ethical hacking
  • DFR 711 - Cyber-Forensic and Malware Analysis


  • CUS 510  - Database System Design and Data Warehousing
  • CUS 680 - Distributed Big Data Analytics
  • CUS 610 - Data mining and Predictive modeling


  • IT 711  - Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance
  • IT 715 - System Analysis and Process Re-engineering
  • IT 721- IT Project Management and Agile Methodologies

All students will choose a Thesis or Non Thesis Option

Master’s Thesis Option: a)  CYB 795 Thesis I (3 credits) plus CYB 796 Thesis II (3 credits)

Non-Thesis Option:  CUS 790 Master’s Capstone Project

Career Outcomes

The 30-credit M.S. degree program in Cyber and Information Security aims to prepare students with the required qualifications to become:

  • Information Security Analysts
  • IT Security Architects
  • Data Security Analysts

Department Faculty

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Joan E. DeBello
Associate Professor and Chair
Division of Computer Science Mathematics and Science
[email protected]

Professor Denise Dragos
Co-Director M.S. in Cyber and Information Security
[email protected]

Dr. Suzanna Schmeelk
Co-Director M.S. in Cyber and Information Security
[email protected]

Additional Information

State-of-the-art learning resources: St. John’s has a newly constructed Cybersecurity lab and classrooms. There are additional financial resources available through a donor’s endowment to support students and faculty research and student engagement.

The program supports the core Vincentian values of compassion and service in providing students with technical skills that can be used to combat poverty, disease, crime, as well as provide solutions in healthcare. It will utilize new instructional labs in St. Augustine Hall to provide maximum support for students’ academic success.