Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Professional Science Master's Degree (PSM)

100% Online Graduate Program

About Cybersecurity

Study the latest cybersecurity practices and hone management skills.

California University of Pennsylvania offers an innovative online master's degree in cybersecurity. The Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree, launched in 2015, is designed for professionals in business, government or nonprofit organizations.

This 30-credit program can be completed in as little as 13 months with full-time study.

Succeed in today's high-tech world.

Professionals with demanding careers benefit from the flexibility of the 100% online PSM program to complete coursework at their convenience.

In place of a thesis requirement, PSM students complete a capstone internship with hands-on applications of program coursework in a corporate, industrial or other professional setting.

Cal U's PSM degree program in cybersecurity received affiliation approval from the PSM National Office, which oversees 365 affiliated PSM programs nationwide.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: CYBERSECURITY

Specialized
Professionals in the PSM program gain specialized knowledge in cybersecurity (e.g., network security, biometrics, cryptography) and related areas such as risk management and database management to meet the challenges of economic and infrastructure security in today's high-tech marketplace. Students study current cybersecurity practices and strengthen leadership and management abilities.

Meeting demand
The PSM program in cybersecurity at Cal U was developed in consultation with industry advisers to ensure that courses align with employer needs. In the final capstone project, PSM students develop skills and solve problems that are typical in this high-demand field.

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165 
Colleges and universities nationwide currently offer more than 350 PSM programs, according to the national PSM clearinghouse.
19 to 1 
Student-to-faculty ratio at Cal U.
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Degree Benefits

Cybersecurity PSM students learn with expert faculty to gain advanced knowledge in computer networking, security and cryptography for industry; how to integrate principles and techniques of risk analysis, project planning and change management in the development of cybersecurity strategies; and address professional and ethical responsibilities.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

PSM cybersecurity graduates face a favorable occupational outlook. Demand is growing for skilled cybersecurity professionals, with more than 135,000 new jobs estimated by 2018. PSM students also get the opportunity to connect with various top security companies such as NCFTA and Magnet while conducting research and completing internships.

 
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About Cybersecurity

 Cybersecurity involves the technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. The global cybersecurity market has grown rapidly, reaching $75 billion in 2015. It's expected to hit $170 billion in 2020, according to Forbes.

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PSM History

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation launched the PSM initiative in 1997 with its support of selected research universities to develop programs that integrate science and mathematics with management, law or other professional areas. In 2006, the Council for Graduate Schools assumed primary responsibility for supporting and promoting PSMs nationwide.

 
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Capstone Advantages

 

PSM cybersecurity students benefit from the capstone project to apply knowledge and solve real problems in the workplace. Cybersecurity students work with a business or other entity to identify a problem, design a solution and effectively communicate the working solution to the company or entity, and to the PSM cybersecurity faculty. Students are working with such firms as MUFG Union Bank, PTC, Cloudcast Computing, Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation, Allegheny County Property Assessments, University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University.

Cybersecurity, PSM - Courses

Cybersecurity courses blend specialized topics such as wireless networks and security, and applied cryptography together with a focus on leadership and professional development.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
PSC 600 Operating Systems 3
PSC 640 Computer and Networking 3
PSM 645 Applied Cryptography 3
PSM 675 Project Management 3
PSM 760 Leadership and Professional Development 3
PSC 755 Wireless Network and Security 3
PSM 799 Capstone Course 6
Electives (2) 6
Total 30
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher from relevant computing disciplines such as computer science, computer information systems, information technology, computer engineering, electrical engineering or mathematics  (Students with a GPA below 3.00 or a degree outside the areas listed may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Prerequisite courses (if applicable) passed with a C or better grade
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or pre-requisite course/s, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Applicants without a degree in computer science, computer information systems, information technology, computer engineering, electrical engineering or mathematics or related discipline will be reviewed by the program coordinator for an admission decision
    • May be required to take Pre-requisite Course/s after a transcript review


How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: cybersecurity@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348


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PSM Cybersecurity Faculty

Dr. Gina Boff
Associate Professor

boff@calu.edu

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Dr. Weifeng Chen
Professor, Program Coordinator of Professional Science Master's in Cybersecurity

chen@calu.edu

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Dr. Gary J. DeLorenzo
Professor

delorenzo@calu.edu

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Dr. Leandro Junes
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Brian Kolowitz
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Lisa Kovalchick
Professor

kovalchick@calu.edu

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