When we’re not stopping cyber breakthroughs,
we’re starting yours.

Expert-level cyber security professionals are at a premium as public and private sector budgets soar to keep cybercrime at bay. Top dollar investment demands top talent, and now is the perfect time to capitalize on the global need for experts.

Our online cyber security master’s can help you reach areas of the industry a bachelor’s degree typically can’t, such as management and even the C-suite. With our cyber security graduate program, you can develop your technical abilities in burgeoning areas like cloud security and mobile forensics. Round out your repertoire with business concepts essential for leadership roles.

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100% online with no campus visits required

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Graduate in as few as 18 months

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Learn from case studies pulled from the latest headlines

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Complete coursework using the Maryville Virtual Lab, which was distinguished by Apple for mobile innovation.

Why choose Maryville for your online cyber security master’s?

Your success going forward in the field of computer science depends on details and decisions. We’re uniquely prepared to help you learn the technical intricacies of cyber security and turn them into strategies that protect precious data. The Maryville Virtual Lab is a course delivery system that doubles as a virtual training ground. From any device, anywhere, you can hone your skills in a safe and protected environment. It’s literally practice for the professional world. Our faculty members know the industry’s highest expectations because they’ve seen them firsthand in their positions in Fortune 500 companies and the FBI. Most of our faculty members still work actively in cyber security, which helps us keep a fluid line of communication open with the marketplace. The dedication to help you elevate your career, from security analyst to network architect or IS engineer to chief security officer, is what makes this program more than a set of courses.

Gain more than incentives. Gain influence.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that “by 2018, fully 75% of chief security officers and chief information security officers will report directly to the CEO, not the CIO.” Our online cyber security master’s program is part of the John E. Simon School of Business to prepare you for the changing role of cyber security professionals within business. Aspire to sit shoulder to shoulder with top decision-makers. Make your cyber security strategies an integral part of business strategy.

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission — HLC

Ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” — Forbes, 2018

Kiplinger's Best College Values

Ranked among the best values in private colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2018

ACBSP - Global Business Accreditation

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Christian Espinosa

Christian Espinosa
Instructor of Cyber Security

“I aim to bridge the gap between academia and real-world experience, which is why I update and develop courses that align with today’s in-demand cyber security skills. You’re challenged to think practically and operationally about situations influenced by technology.”

Pursue progress that pays off.

Salary numbers paint a clear picture of why an online cyber security master’s has the potential for big ROI. Top earners in the field are earning well into six-figures. But information professionals are also enjoying the additional perks of a competitive marketplace.

A November 2015 survey by Dice.com revealed the substantial benefits of possessing in-demand skills. According to the survey, the following recruiting tactics are being used more frequently today than a
year ago:

48% Sign-on bonus

48% Pay for relocation

28% Free medical/dental insurance

20% Company paid mobile or car plan

13% Unlimited vacation

What can I do with a master’s in cyber security?

According to technology job site Dice.com, information security jobs rank No. 3 among technology jobs hiring managers are struggling to fill.

Cyber security job titles and median salaries in 2016:

Chief Information Security Officer

Security Director,

Chief Security Officer


Network Architect

Information Security Manager

Security Engineer

Why choose an online cyber security master’s over computer science?

Information technology is constantly changing. With an MS in cyber security, you’re building long-term expertise. It’s not technology our society is trying to better understand, it’s the data it produces. A master’s in cyber security online prepares you with skills to meet the changing threats as technology evolves.

Higher income potential

Cyber security workers can demand an average salary premium of nearly $6,500 more per year compared to other IT workers, according to Burning Glass Technologies, a company that specializes in job market analytics.


More opportunity

Information security analyst ranked No. 8 among U.S. News & World Report’s “100 Best Jobs” in 2015. IT manager ranked No. 21.

Meet our program’s driving force, Dustin Loeffler

Dustin Loeffler, JD, is a Maryville alumnus who spent 14 years in corporate America with IBM and Boeing. Professor Loeffler is more than an industry expert, he’s a motivator. He challenges students to embrace market-relevant technology, solve problems at every turn, and think critically in doing so. He’s responsible for integrating Apple tools and software into the program as a delivery method for the cyber security curriculum. His commitment to digital learning earned him the title of an Apple Distinguished Educator, putting him among an elite community of 2,000 innovative educators.

The Maryville Online Cyber Security Master’s Curriculum

With technology playing an ever-increasing role in our society, threats to our data and information are everywhere.

When you earn your online master’s in cyber security at Maryville, you can prepare to combat these threats with state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques in cyber security.

Our online cyber security master’s offers you a robust curriculum of specialty courses to boost your technical skill set to help you face any challenge you encounter in your career. You’ll have the chance to study drones, wireless network security, digital forensics, and much more, so you can build the specialized expertise the industry is seeking.

Since our program is housed within the John E. Simon School of Business, you can develop a great business sense, too. Learn more at our curriculum page.

Grow your career on offense and defense.

To be a cyber security expert, you have to be well-versed in offensive and defensive techniques. That’s why we teach you both. Courses like Advanced Pen Testing and Mobile Device Hacking & Forensics can give you firsthand knowledge of the types of threats you may see in your career. And classes like Controls for Effective Cyber Defense, Forensic Examination & Analysis, and Incident Handling & Breaches can help you build defensive and preventive strategies.

The legal side.

We don’t focus solely on the technical aspect of cyber security. In our Legal Aspects of Privacy and Compliance course, you’ll also get the opportunity to study the legal and ethical perspective. This course helps tie your technical knowledge in with questions of jurisdiction, regulation of online speech, privacy, security, and intellectual property.