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M.S. in Cybersecurity Program

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.

Every year in the U.S., 40,000 jobs for information security analysts go unfilled, and employers are struggling to fill 200,000 other cyber-security related roles.Market analysis from shows that Colorado has over 10,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs. Training a capable workforce of cybersecurity professionals is critical to the safety of our nation’s infrastructure and national security.

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 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 punish cybercriminals. 


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

Benefits of Earning Your 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 the Industry Competency Model. The CYBM 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.  

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Nationwide, the demand for positions in cybersecurity is expected to continue to grow.  This demand is likely to remain high as the need for cybersecurity professionals has grown three times as fast as traditional IT jobs. Many of our graduates have a background in criminal justice and computer science. In addition, veterans or those who work in law enforcement may be particularly well suited for careers in cybersecurity. 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    

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. 



Lucy Daberkow

MA | Cybersecurity Program Manager

Criminal Justice & Criminology Department

Metropolitan State University of Denver | Cybersecurity Program

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