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Welcome to the M.S. in Cybersecurity Program!

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CYBM Program Overview

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, the Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics, 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.

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] 

Degree Benefits & Career Opportunities

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Curriculum, 36 Credits

Cybersecurity Scholarships and Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions


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Cyber Success

A Navy veteran finds his passion – and a job at Lockheed Martin – in the high-demand field of cybersecurity.

Cyber Superhero

Cyber Heroes Prepare for Battle

With cybercrime soaring, the race is on to train a new generation of digital defenders.


The Future of Cyberwar

The U.S. rallies its cyber defenses as the Russia-Ukraine conflict escalates on and off the battlefield.


Shattering the Cybersecurity Glass Ceiling

An all-girls squad from D’Evelyn Junior High School code and collaborate their way to the national CyberPatriot competition.

PAST EVENT: Graduate Studies Fair

11 AM to 2 PM

March 1, 2023

Graduate Studies Fair

11 AM to 2 PM

March 2, 2023

Graduate Studies Fair

CYBM Application & Admissions Information

Cybersecurity Program Manager


Destiny Watkins, M.S.Ed.

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

West Classroom Building (WC), Suite 254

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Appointment Only)


Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Campus Box 10
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, Colorado 80217-3362