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The United States is facing an increasing vulnerability of a wide range of risks stemming from cyber-attacks, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Such attacks have caused the loss and corruption of valuable digital information in cyberspace, may it be in transit or stored. DHS further points out that “of growing concern is the cyber threat to critical infrastructure, which is increasingly subject to sophisticated cyber intrusions that pose new risks.

CyberSeek, a non-profit information security advocacy group, states that there is a dangerous U.S.  shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Employers are struggling to fill thousands of cyber-security related roles. On average, cybersecurity roles take 21% longer to fill than other IT jobs.

Cyber operations involve a complex interplay between technology and human behavior. To meet the sociotechnical needs from industry, MSU Denver has taken a unique approach by combining the Departments of Criminal Justice & Criminology, Computer Information Systems, and Mathematical and Computer Sciences to jointly create a multidisciplinary Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree program.

The graduate program combines advanced computer/information system knowledge of combating cybercrime, analytical skills to analyze and manage cyber threats and security, the understanding of human factors in cyber operations, as well as the adaptation of laws to create policies to investigate, prosecute, and to punish cybercriminals.

Mission Statement and Goals

The mission of the CYBM program is to provide students with in-depth knowledge as well as practical skills in both policy and analysis of computer and network security, privacy, computer forensics, and the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of cybercrime. The CYBM program:

1. Offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that combines the areas of computer science, computer information systems, cyber laws, and policies, with an understanding of cyber-crimes and criminals;

2. Enables students with either a technical or non-technical undergraduate field of study to obtain a graduate degree in cybersecurity;

3. Prepares students to enter management or technical positions at all levels in the field of cybersecurity, and

4. Provides students with leadership skills and an ability to work well in a team-based work environment.


Program Accreditation

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.



Senate Bill 86 brings $300,000 annually into educating the cybersecurity professionals of tomorrow at MSU Denver.

The Cybersecurity Center

The Cybersecurity Center is a resource that supports our academic cybersecurity programs and houses our state-of-the-art Cyber Range.

For questions about the Cybersecurity Center, email them at [email protected] 


Benefits of Earning Your Cybersecurity Degree at MSU Denver

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) developed the National Cybersecurity Workplace Framework, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) developed Industry Competency Model. The M.S. in Cybersecurity competencies use the above framework and model as guides. The M.S. in Cybersecurity graduates will be able to: Identify, analyze, and mitigate threats to computer and information systems Conceptualize, design, and build secure information systems Provide support to ensure effective and efficient computer and information system performance and security Provide leadership, management, strategy, development, and advocacy so that organizations may effectively conduct cybersecurity work Investigate cyber events or crimes of computer and information systems and networks Apply cyber laws and regulations in prosecuting and punishing cyber criminals Be responsible for specialized denial and deception operations and collection of cybersecurity information that may be used to develop intelligence

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Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Nationwide, the demand for positions in cybersecurity continues to grow. More than 200,000 cybersecurity jobs are unfilled in public and private sectors, and postings are up 74 percent over the last five years. The demand is expected to remain high as the need for cybersecurity professionals has grown three times as fast as traditional IT jobs. If you're a veteran or work in law enforcement even better. These employment backgrounds and the security clearances that accompany them are particularly attractive for jobs relative to cybersecurity. Depending on work experience graduates can land positions as: Chief Information Security Officer Cybersecurity Analyst/Specialist Information Security Crime Investigator/Forensics Expert Computer Security Incident Responder Security Analyst; Risk Manager/Analyst Forensic Computer Analyst; Information Security Analyst Penetration Tester IT Security Consultant

Program Contact Information

Lucy Daberkow

MA | Cybersecurity Program Manager
Criminal Justice & Criminology Department
Metropolitan State University of Denver
[email protected]