Computer Science & Information Systems

Online Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA)

The Online Masters of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance (MS-CSIA) program at Southern Utah University focuses on providing you with the knowledge you need to break into a competitive field. Our program provides state-of-the-art education into the world of design, planning, and management of cyber systems, as well as the procedures for protecting cyber systems and infrastructure from external threats, including terrorism.

Why choose SUU for your Online CSIA

  • GRE Waiver available
  • Complete coursework 100% online at the in-state tuition rate
  • Tuition Waivers available
  • Choose from two emphases:
    1. Cyber and Web Security: The Cyber and Web Security emphasis provides an option for you to build on your existing computer science & coding experience.
    2. Government, Regulation, and Compliance and IS Controls: The Governance, Regulation, and Compliance and IS Controls emphasis provides an option for you to learn cyber security laws and best safety practices without having a coding background.

Why an MS in Cyber Security?

  • Job security: There will be 3.5 million cyber security job openings by 2021, according
    to Cybersecurity Ventures.
  • Growing field: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% increase in
    information security analysts in the workforce through 2026, with the potential
    to earn almost $100,000 annually.
  • Compensation: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that chief security officers
    can earn more than $220,000 annually.
  • Advanced opportunities: Burning Glass Technologies observed that 23% of cyber
    security postings require a master’s degree.

You can complete our 33 credit graduate program completely online in as little as 4 semesters. Our 24/7 course delivery will allow you to reach your goals quickly in a way that fits with your life. We provide you with the opportunity to choose between two emphases that match your background and interests.

If you're reading this, there's a good chance you have given some thought to pursuing a career in cyber security! If so, it's understandable. This year, Cyber Security Ventures predicted there will be 3.5 million cyber security job openings by 2021.

Cybercrime is on the rise, and there is a serious shortage of people to combat it. Damages from cybercrime are expected to exceed $6 billion by 2021. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that there just aren't enough people working to counter cyber criminals; in fact, the shortage of qualified cyber security personnel is getting worse every year.

In 2017 the U.S. employed nearly 780,000 people in cybersecurity positions, with approximately 350,000 current cyber security openings, according to CyberSeek, a project supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

There are all sorts of jobs in the cyber security field. Common job titles in the GRC/Information Assurance side include:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Senior Director of Information Security Analysis
  • Director of Information Security Analysis
  • Contractor Program Security Officer
  • Business Process and Security Analyst
  • Director of Cyber Security
  • Security Operations Analyst
  • Risk Management Analyst
  • Security Auditor
  • Computer Systems Security Analyst
  • Information Security Specialist