Department of Technology

Online graduate cybersecurity students

Online Program: Master’s in Cybersecurity

The University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Technology partners with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) to offer a fully online Master of Science (MS) in Cybersecurity that is flexible, affordable, and career-focused. The MS in Cybersecurity provides learners with technical skills that they can apply immediately to the workforce. The program also prepares students for certifications such as certified information systems security professional and certified forensic computer examiner.

Program Benefits

  • Advance your career 

    • With breach rates growing and cyberattacks becoming a daily occurrence for business, IT leaders are looking to expand their security teams. This is good news for anyone who is considering a career in information security. According to research from Cybersecurity Ventures, it is predicted that there will be 3.5m unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021. ISC(2) projects that the US will continue to have a shortage of staff dedicated to cybersecurity over the next decade. The more credentials an applicant has speeds their hiring and ascent into management.
    • This program prepares learners for cybersecurity roles such as Security Operations, Security Administration, Risk Management, Compliance Management, Operational Technology Security, Secure Software Development, Penetration Testing, and Forensics among other similar jobs.
    • Cybersecurity professionals make about U.S. $69,000 per year, on average. The average salary is highest in North America ($90,000) and lowest in LATAM ($20,000), with APAC ($59,000) and Europe ($58,000) falling in between. Those holding security certifications have an average salary of $71,000 while those without earn much less—about $55,000, on average
  • Competitive, affordable tuition

    Our graduate program in Cybersecurity is one of the most affordable online cybersecurity programs in the United States. We also encourage graduate students to apply for scholarships

      Tuition* Tech & Course Fees Total 
    In-State $12,630 $1,200 $13,830
    Out-of-State $15,780 $1,200 $16,980

     *Based on 2020/2021 tuition rates of $421/credit hr (in-state) and $526/credit hr (non-Maine). Subject to change.

  • Flexibility and convenience  

    We offer a flexible online course schedule that accommodates working professionals and family life. 

  • Receive support from accessible and supportive faculty, start-to-finish

    At USM, we’re with you every step of the way. You’ll work closely with a faculty advisor who will provide support and mentorship in course-selection, professional development, and planning your career path. In addition, USM has developed robust internship relationships with local companies and your mentors can help you take advantage of the opportunities those relationships can offer.

  • Outstanding faculty

    USM’s faculty have been recognized as leaders in their fields that stretch from the White House to the Pentagon, and from large corporations to smaller, entrepreneurial ventures. These expert faculty are committed to student success from initial advising consultations through to graduation. They make themselves available to answer any questions and provide support.

    • Each full-time faculty member holds a doctoral degree and/or industry-recognized certifications in cybersecurity. Our part-time faculty are experienced members of the professional cybersecurity community and many are current practitioners in the field.
    • Among their professional affiliations, our faculty hold memberships, or serve as representatives or board members of the following organizations:
      • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
      • Includes Women in Engineering (WIE)
      • Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys)
      • National Cyberwatch Center
      • International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP)
      • Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center (CSIAC)
      • Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering
    • Our faculty are also actively engaged in research in areas such as digital forensics, intelligence/counterintelligence, and awareness/training.
      • Among our faculty’s scholarship, you’ll find that they are actively involved with presenting work at national conferences, serving as members of national committees, and engaging with the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency.
    • Streamlined admissions

      We offer rolling admissions with program start dates in the Fall and Spring. 

    Program Timeline

    • The MS Cybersecurity program consists of 30 credits, including 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of either thesis research or a capstone project. 
    • Entry terms: You can begin your studies in the Fall or Spring.
      • Studying Full-Time: The MS Cybersecurity can be completed in as little as two years. 
      • Studying Part-time: This program is designed to allow learners to balance work, life, and learning. As such, part-time students can take as few as one course at a time.

    Program Requirements 

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    Admission Information

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