UA Offers New Online Master’s in Cybersecurity

UA Offers New Online Master’s in Cybersecurity
July 05, 2017
Unfilled cybersecurity jobs are predicted to triple in five years. UA curriculum draws from top-ranked programs – flexible schedule offers six start dates per year.

TUCSON, Ariz. – July 5, 2017 – The University of Arizona (UA) has launched a new online Master’s in Cybersecurity program just as a new report by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that the cyber crime epidemic will triple the number of open cybersecurity positions over the next five years.

The Master of Science (MS) in Cybersecurity curriculum draws from the UA’s top-ranked Eller Management Information Systems (MIS) program as well as the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Systems & Industrial Engineering (SIE) programs. Professionals who want to gain technical mastery in this rapidly growing field will learn from faculty members who are renowned for their cyber expertise.

Eller College of Management Dean Paulo Goes said the online Master’s in Cybersecurity is one of the several programs that Eller College offers now or is planning to launch soon intended to prepare professionals for becoming leaders in several aspects of the digital business world.

“Cyber crime costs are expected to jump to $3 trillion by 2021,” said Goes. “Companies are scrambling to find qualified candidates who can excel at providing cyber defenses. By creating an innovative curriculum in partnership with the College of Engineering, our students will engage in conceptual and hands-on approaches to learn the critical components of cybersecurity, including security intelligence analytics and data mining, information security, risk management, systems security management, vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, network security, system cybersecurity engineering and cyber warfare.”

Two tracks are available: Information Systems and Physical Systems. Both focus on applying analytical and critical thinking to plan and execute security measures to shield computer systems, networks and networked devices from infiltration and cyberattacks.

“Cybersecurity, both personal and national, is one of the critical issues of our time, and this program links two leading UA colleges to give students the technical and business knowledge to design and protect systems,” College of Engineering Dean Jeff Goldberg said. “Much of our current research, in areas like autonomous transportation, power grid control and the online economy, is geared toward building confidence and reliability in cybersystems.”

Students also will benefit from earning a degree with global clout. According to the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools edition released in March, Eller’s MIS program is ranked No. 2 among public programs in the United States. 

The 33-credit program, available 100 percent online, is ideal for professionals who have three years of technical work experience in IT, engineering and other related fields and want to boost their skills for a cybersecurity career path.

“A cyber-secure America requires a full pipeline of emerging talent ready to support our nation’s most complex challenges,” said Cheryl Whitis, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Information Technology and member of the University’s MIS Advisory Council. “Raytheon applauds and supports this extension of cybersecurity education from the University of Arizona. Our company, along with its business and technology partners, will need successive generations of cybersecurity talent to help us secure customer environments, as well as address new business opportunities throughout government and commercial cyber markets.” 

The UA Master’s in Cybersecurity program offers flexible scheduling, with six admission dates throughout the year. The deadline to apply for the first fall class is August 7.

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About the College of Engineering

The University of Arizona has been educating engineers since opening its doors in 1885, and the UA College of Engineering is among the top public engineering schools in the United States and a global leader in technology innovation to improve quality of life. The College of Engineering has an extensive research portfolio with an annual research expenditure of more than $25 million. The College offers a comprehensive academic and research experience that prepares graduates for careers in industry, business and government anywhere in the world. A strong ethos of entrepreneurial thinking and a creative spark of engineering design underpin the College’s core research in areas such as defense and homeland security, biomedical systems and devices, advanced manufacturing and materials, and sustainability and infrastructure.

About the Eller College

Founded in 1933, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona upholds the visionary belief that business education helps shape the world in new and unprecedented ways through pioneering and practical research, innovative coursework, data-driven decision-making and excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Eller College of Management is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and offers nine majors, six minors, six specialty master’s programs, four MBA programs and six doctoral programs. The college also houses several centers of excellence and research labs. The college is currently ranked 21st in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate business programs (number 11 public). U.S. News also ranks our full-time MBA number 49, our evening MBA number 46, our online MBA number 33 and our online master’s in MIS number 8 in the country. In addition, our management information systems department ranks number four nationally and our McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is ranked number 10 nationally (U.S. News). The Eller Executive Education program debuted at number 68 in the Financial Times Executive Education Program ranking (number 4 in the Western U.S.).

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