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Master of Professional Studies in
Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations

Program Summary

Improve your knowledge of cybersecurity analytics and operations in this online degree program that prepares you to better protect digital information from attacks. Penn State's cybersecurity analytics and operations courses are taught by a group of experienced practitioners and researchers.
How To Apply
Apply by July 1 to start August 21

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Costs and Financial Aid

33 Credits $1,007 per credit

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As the important information we exchange for government administration, commerce, education, and everyday communication transitions from the printed page to digital platforms, it has never been more critical to protect the systems, networks, and programs we use, as well as the information itself, from the threat of attack and unauthorized access. The Penn State Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations can provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to stand in defense of our most confidential and sensitive data.

This online program, offered by the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in partnership with Penn State World Campus, is designed to create a deep understanding of cybersecurity analytics and operations by blending education relating to technology, incident response, strategic planning, and crisis management.  The program also aims to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity analysts to better protect digital information from attack through cyber-defense strategies, including incident response, strategic planning, and crisis management. From all levels of government to businesses of any size, advanced professional skills in cybersecurity protection are needed by all industries.

Why Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations at Penn State?

As a student in this online program, you’ll have the opportunity to understand and analyze the profound information and technological changes sweeping the world. You will learn how to meet those challenges using foundations in cybersecurity theory and tactics and be equipped to recognize, analyze, defend, and manage risks related to a wide range of threats to online information, data stores, and networks. Finally, you will have the option to customize your education with electives that match your interests and professional goals.

Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology is a leading information technology school with courses taught by a diverse group of experienced practitioners and researchers from a number of fields, including computer science, engineering, psychology, chemistry, and artificial intelligence. You can trust the quality and value of your education — Penn State is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense.

Who Should Apply?

It is expected that applicants will have significant work experience in information technology and network security as well as a basic level of competency in statistics. Furthermore, the multidisciplinary degree accepts students from many disciplines; however, due to the nature of the program, those who hold a bachelor’s degree in a technical or scientific discipline — including applied mathematics, computer information systems, computer science, information sciences, engineering, statistics, or a related field — will receive the strongest consideration. Students with an undergraduate degree and sufficient technical background gained through work experience or professional training in information technologies such as networks, web services, and database development will also be considered for admission to the program.

Career Opportunities for Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations Graduates?

The information and skills taught in this program, paired with a recognized master’s degree from Penn State, can help you advance in the marketplace with a distinct advantage. Your well-regarded advanced degree can provide you with more opportunities to earn a higher salary than other professionals in the same field. You can graduate well-qualified for positions such as:

  • cybersecurity analyst
  • cyber threat adviser
  • information security director
  • security engineer
  • vulnerability assessor

Earn a Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity

Penn State also offers an online Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity program. 12 of the 15 credits from the certificate may be applied toward the Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations. It’s a great way to add a recognized Penn State credential to your résumé while you continue to work toward graduation. A separate application is required.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

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