Online Master’s in Cybersecurity

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A cybersecurity program developed with industry advisors

Gain fundamental knowledge along with management and leadership abilities in the Professional Science Master's in Cybersecurity.

Every day, hackers and cyber criminals are releasing new, advanced computer viruses, ransomware, and scams that endanger the data on which our community depends. In fact, a McAfee study in February 2018 reports hackers drain an estimate $600 billion annually from the world’s economy. When you earn your Professional Science Master’s in Cybersecurity online from PennWest, you can continue working in your business, government, or non-profit setting while preparing to meet the demands and challenges of economic and infrastructure security tomorrow.

The curriculum emphasizes both fundamental knowledge in current cybersecurity practices and management and leadership abilities. It was developed in consultation with industry advisors to ensure that courses align with employer needs. You will gain specialized knowledge in network security, biometrics, and cryptography, as well as risk management and database management.

A six-credit capstone internship allows you to apply program coursework in a corporate, industrial, or other professional setting.

A six-credit capstone internship allows you to apply program coursework in a corporate, industrial, or other professional setting.

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2.93 million

Quality cybersecurity professionals needed


Projected number of job openings for information security analysts each year for the next decade.


Median annual salary for information security analysts in May 2021.

Fast Facts


Colleges and universities nationwide currently offer more than 350 PSM programs, according to the national PSM clearinghouse.




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Graduate Admissions

Start Terms:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Careers and Salaries

Job Opportunities are Exploding.

A report from (ISC)2 found that around 2.93 million qualified cybersecurity professionals globally are in demand.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for information security analysts will grow 33% from now until 2030.

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in computer networking, security, and cryptography for industry.
  2. Integrate principles and techniques of risk analysis, project planning, and change management in the development of information security strategies.
  3. Describe how to provide message privacy, integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation using network security practices and infrastructure hardening techniques.
  4. Integrate project development skills in producing a security system.
  5. Function effectively as a member or a leader on a technical team.
  6. Address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  7. Be lifelong learners in the cybersecurity environment.

Admissions Requirements

3.0/Official transcripts relevant discipline CS, IS, IT, CE, Math

Applicants without a related discipline may be considered for conditional admission and/or offered conditional admission into the Cybersecurity certificate program with pre-requisite requirement

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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