New Threats Arise. We Stay Prepared.

We can’t always see cyber attacks as they happen, but they can have very real impacts on the systems we rely on. The University of Tulsa’s online M.S. in Cyber Security teaches the skills necessary to protect those systems that drive our interconnected world. Founded in 2001 as one of the first in cyber defense, our program prepares you to speak the language of cybersecurity — with no prior IT experience required.

Not only do we teach the competencies you need to thrive in cyber defense today, we train you to adapt to the tools and technologies of tomorrow. While we can’t predict the future of cybersecurity, we can prepare you to target threats before they strike. Our accelerated program allows you to gain these skills in as little as 20 months, even while you’re working full time.

You can help protect the digital systems that power our world. Get top training to strengthen national and global security at TU.

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Earn Your M.S. in Cyber Security Online at TU

Whether you’re looking to level up in your organization or get your start in the cybersecurity field, TU’s online M.S. in Cyber Security prepares you to make your next move.

The M.S. in Cyber Security is available with both technical and leadership tracks. The program teaches cybersecurity fundamentals alongside hands-on activities with top IT tools. You’ll also engage in policy-oriented explorations of security frameworks to understand how to protect organizations from attacks.

Here are some course topics you’ll encounter in the online M.S. in Cyber Security:

  • Foundational concepts in sociotechnical system security, including malware, keylogging, and data loss
  • Non-technical considerations in cyber attacks, such as human, economic, legal, and ethical factors
  • Defensive cybersecurity technologies and their uses in modern organizations
  • Fundamentals and applications of network security design and cryptography

Explore Your Career Potential With an M.S. in Cyber Security

While you don’t have to be a cybersecurity expert to enter our program, our graduates go on to lead cyber defense initiatives as cybersecurity analysts and information security officers, with many supporting national security in federal agencies. Take a look at some potential careers you can attain by pairing your professional expertise with the foundational technical skills this degree provides:*

Director of Cybersecurity

Average Annual Salary: $173,887

Chief Information Security Officer

Average Annual Salary: $173,130

Security Architect

Average Annual Salary: $134,438

Cyber Security Engineer

Average Annual Salary: $100,131

Information Security Officer

Average Annual Salary: $97,905

Penetration Tester

Average Annual Salary: $90,766

*Salary data from Payscale

Curriculum & Courses

Designed for working professionals seeking the skills to thrive in cyber defense, the 30-credit hour online M.S. in Cyber Security program requires five core cybersecurity courses and five specialized courses in either the technical or leadership tracks.

To complete the program, students must complete 15 credit hours in cybersecurity core courses, plus 15 credits in electives. Students without prior experience in IT or computer science may be required to complete one or two additional introductory courses in these fields to ensure a solid foundation before the conclusion of the first semester.

View core curriculum details in The University of Tulsa course catalog.

Cyber Security Courses

Course Title Credits
CYB 6123 Security + Cert Prep 3
CYB 7153 Foundations of Cyber Security 3
CYB 7173 Defensive Cyber Security Technologies 3
CYB 7223 Network Security Concepts and Applications 3
CYB 7373 System Security and Cryptography 3

Elective Courses

Area of Focus Course Title Credits
Leadership CYB 6163 Cybersecurity Law and Policy 3
CYB 7443 Information System Assurance 3
Technical CYB 6863 Special Topics 3
CYB 7083 Security Auditing and Penetration Testing 3
CYB 7863 Special Topics 3
CYB 7493 Secure System Administration 3
Either CYB 7193 Blockchain Fintech Security 3

Since 2000, The University of Tulsa has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The MS in Cybersecurity curriculum has been validated as an approved Program of Study for the CAE-CD program, so the curriculum covers all the essential topics necessary to pursue a career in cyber defense.

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“We’re not gonna tell you how to do something … You’re gonna figure out why you need to set it up that way. And based on when you understand why, then you can figure out how to do it and apply that knowledge regardless of where you’re at.”
– Nathan Singleton, Field CISO, Cyber One Security; TU Alumnus

Tuition Planning

$1,389 per credit hour

30 credit hours*

Financial assistance and payment plans available

Are you ready to invest in your future at TU? Our online M.S. in Cyber Security teaches you the future-ready skills to thrive in your career for years to come. The degree is competitively priced at $1,389 a credit hour for a total tuition cost of $41,670.

*Please note that students without prior experience in IT or computer science may be required to complete one or two additional introductory courses before the conclusion of the first semester.


Industry-Relevant Instruction

Faculty regularly update the curriculum in response to industry updates — even on a week-to-week basis.

Immersive Learning

Through virtual labs, hands-on activities, project-based assignments, and virtual meetings to discuss key concepts with instructors, you’ll learn the skills to be a confident, well-rounded leader in cybersecurity.

Interdisciplinary Faculty

Our field-experienced faculty members possess a wide range of expertise in areas such as fintech, blockchain, and ethics, helping to produce versatile graduates.

Certification Preparation

Coursework prepares you for certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP/PEN-200), and CompTIA Security+/PenTest+.

Endorsed Excellence

TU is recognized by the National Security Administration (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Research and Cyber Defense Education.

Top Cybersecurity Program

The online M.S. in Cyber Security is ranked no. 23 nationally by *U.S. News & World Report* for cybersecurity academics.


Flexible and Accelerated

Our 100% online M.S. in Cyber Security was built for the working professional — allowing you to complete your degree at your own pace as you expand your skills and knowledge. If you’re eager to expedite your path to make a measured impact in the field, the program can be completed in as few as 20 months.

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What You Need for Admission

The University of Tulsa is home to ambitious learners of diverse backgrounds and experiences who seek impactful roles as leaders and innovators. Please review the following requirements for admission to the online M.S. in Cyber Security.

Entry Requirements*

  • Completed application for admission
  • Unofficial college transcripts from all institutions attended
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Highly recommended, but not required, to have either IT professional experience or a degree in a field related to computer science, computer engineering, or IT
  • At least nine hours of mathematics and statistics at the level of calculus and above
  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the past five years.*

*Applicants may request a GRE waiver if they meet any of the criteria below:

  • 3+ years of IT-related work experience
  • 1+ year of cybersecurity work
  • A graduate degree in any field
  • Completion of certain certifications, speak with an enrollment advisor for more information

The following conditions also apply:

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to request the waiver.
  • Petitions must be accompanied by all required documentation.
  • The petition only applies to the online M.S. in Cyber Security program.

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About The University of Tulsa

When the M.S. in Cyber Security at The University of Tulsa launched in 2001, it was one of the first programs of its kind, designed to prepare every learner to speak the language of cybersecurity — particularly those without prior IT training. More than two decades later, this mission to boost general fluency in cyber defense is as pertinent as ever, and we’re eager to share the program’s impact with a cohort of online learners across the United States.

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