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Cyber and Information Operations

Master of Science


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $750
Cybersecurity Lock

College of Applied Science & Technology

Program Details

Demand for qualified cyber professionals continues both nationally and internationally. The Master of Science in Cyber and Information Operations program will prepare you for cyber-related occupations and leadership positions in government, defense, law enforcement, and private industry. 

This program is designed with working professionals, both in and out of technologically-oriented disciplines, in mind. The College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST) ensures that online offerings provide interaction, collaboration, hands-on learning, and research opportunities while recognizing working students' challenges. 

The curriculum includes offensive and defensive cyber security and information operations content delivered within our state-of-the-art Cyber Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to ensure you attain extensive hands-on experiences and research opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed. 

Graduating from the MS in Cyber and Information Operations program offers tremendous opportunities in various fields as the program meets the most demanding academic and technical requirements. In addition, graduates will be well-qualified to teach future generations of Cyber and Information Operations students, an area within the discipline where there is a significant gap in the number of qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to be instructors at any level.

Only one enrollment date (fall).

There are synchronous meeting times for courses in this program.

Must meet computer programming requirement:

-Must possess recent (no more than three years) coursework or experience in computer programming.


-Must successfully pass the Python Challenge, a hands-on skills assessment during program on-boarding.


-Students must successfully complete CYBV500: Security Computing.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The courses in this program include:

CYBV 500: Security Computing
CYBV 501: Principles of Cybersecurity
CYBV 523: Covert Python
CYBV 529: Cyber Law, Ethics & Policy
CYBV 626: Traffic Analysis



Earning your Master of Science in Cyber and Information Operations will build core skills, including:

  • Cybersecurity principle evaluation
  • Python scripting language
  • Automated solutions design
  • Solving cyber & information operation-related problems
  • Technique & tool comparison
  • Cybersecurity attack analysis
  • Automated detection mechanism development
  • Real-world cyber issue solution application
  • Cyberattack defense
  • Network, compute infrastructure, and applications defense
  • Cloud workload and architecture defense
  • Adversarial information operations

Graduates of the Cyber and Information Operations MS will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cyber Advisor
  • Cyber Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Federal/State Law Enforcement
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
  • Cyber Operations Officer
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Strategic Analyst
  • Information Warfare Officer
  • Social Media Analyst
  • PSYOPS Specialist
  • Strategic Messaging Specialist