Program Requirements

About the Graduate Program

Mercer’s new M.S. in Cybersecurity program is designed to prepare students from various background to develop cybersecurity technology strategies and plans for organizations; build cybersecurity-focused technology operations within organizations; assist organizations in using data analytics and intelligence; and create strategies for mobile, cloud, and other environments.

Our program has 4 focus areas, all of which are intended to prepare students for broad cybersecurity certification:

  • Cybersecurity for business
  • Cybersecurity operations
  • Embedded computer/IoT with cybersecurity
  • Software Security

Students choose their focus area based on their background (technical or non-technical) and their interests, and may also select electives from one of other focus areas.

Program Requirements

Our M.S. in Cybersecurity curriculum requires a total of 30 credit hours, at least 18 of which must be at the 600 level. Additionally, your 30 credit hours must meet the following criteria:

  • 3 foundation courses (9 hours)
  • 4 courses from one core area (12 hours)
  • 3 elective courses, including thesis or other approved courses (9 hours)

Students may also choose a thesis option. If you select this option, you will be required to complete a full research program (6 hours of SSE 699) and to write a master’s thesis in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements.

Apply Now

To access the application for graduate admission and the list of application requirements, deadlines, and details, visit the Graduate Admissions page.