Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The following information describes our on-campus master's program, for information on our online program, visit


Students are required to complete 30 credit hours of courses, consisting of 15 credits of core, 9 credits of technical cybersecurity electives, and 6 credits in CIS/CSE courses at 600 level or higher, as described below:

15-credit core:

CSE 643 - Computer Security 3 credit(s)

CSE 644 - Internet Security 3 credit(s)

CSE 634 - Assurance Foundations 3 credit(s)

CIS 657 - Principles of Operating Systems 3 credit(s)

CIS 675 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms 3 credit(s)


Technical Cybersecurity Electives

Students will take 9 credits of Technical Electives

CIS 628 - Introduction to Cryptography 3 credit(s)

CSE 774 - Principles of Distributed Access Control 3 credit(s)

CIS 752 - Wireless Network Security 3 credit(s)


Any 700-level security courses from EECS

Nontechnical cybersecurity electives:(Drawn from course offerings from units across SU including College of Law, the iSchool, and Maxwell)

6 Additional Credits

6 additional credits drawn from the list of technical cybersecurity electives, the list of nontechnical cybersecurity electives, or from any CIS/CSE courses at the 600-level or higher. At most 3 credits of nontechnical cybersecurity electives are permitted.

Employment Outcomes
Based on exit surveys of 2017 and 2018 Syracuse University Computer Science and Cybersecurity MS graduates.

  • Companies that hire our MS graduates:
    2U, ADP, Air Force Research Lab, Amazon, American Express, BAE Systems, Bank of America, Blackhawk Networks, BlackRock, Boeing, Cerner Corporation, Comcast,Ernst & Young, eBay Inc, Ford, EPE Innovations, Ernst & Young, Ford, Goldman Sachs, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., High 5 Games, Houzz, IBM, IMVU, INFICON, Intercontinental Exchange, Investing Channel, Jeppesen, Lowenstein Sandler, LLC, McKinsey & Company, NCC Group, NSI-MI, Parsons Corporation, Petuum, Playmaker Health, PwC, Rockwell Collins, Samsung, Securonix, SRC Inc, Symantec, Syrasoft, Telenav Inc,  ViaSat Inc., Walmart Labs, WXYZ, Yahoo, Yelp, Zify
  • Job location:
    98% in the US, 2% outside of US
  • Job location within the US:
    20% San Francisco Bay Area, 18% Metropolitan New York City, 8% Syracuse/Central New York, 5% Metropolitan Baltimore/Washington, DC, 5% Texas (Austin/Dallas/Houston), 5% Washington (Seattle), 3% Metropolitan Los Angeles, 33% Other
  • Job titles:
    Senior Programmer, Advisory Programmer & Data Analyst, Computer Scientist, Data scientist, Digital Analyst, Entrepreneurial Software Engineer, Full-Stack Software Engineer, Quality Systems Analyst, Security Analyst, Security Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Software Developer, Software Dev Eng, Software Engineer Autonomous Cars, Software Engineer-Android, Systems Engineer, Technology Consultant
  • Base salary range:
    $60,000 - $120,000 or more
  • Median base salary range:
    $95,000 - 99,999

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