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.


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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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.


Curriculum and Admission Requiremnets

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



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


Regular Admission Requirements

  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from relevant computing disciplines such as computer science, computer information systems, information technology, computer engineering, electrical engineering or mathematics  
    • Applicants without a related discipline may be considered for conditional admission and/or offered conditional admission into the Cybersecurity certificate program with pre-requisite requirements.  Upon successful completion, students will be moved to the PSM master’s in Cybersecurity and can earn both the certificate and PSM master’s credentials upon graduation
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.9 and below will be reviewed for a decision
      • If admitted, students will be required to earn a 3.0 in their first term in order to stay enrolled in the program
  • May be required to take Pre-requisite Course/s after a transcript review; students must earn a C or better in all pre-requisites.

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • Submit required documentation by mail or email:
    • Mail:

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

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348


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.


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.


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.

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PSM Cybersecurity Faculty

Dr. Gina Boff

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Dr. Weifeng Chen

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Dr. Leandro Junes
Associate Professor

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Dr. Brian Kolowitz
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Lisa Kovalchick

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Dr. Nader Mohamed
Associate Professor

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