Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy

CTU's Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy degree program is intended to provide a basic knowledge of cybersecurity issues for managers of Information Technology professionals. This curriculum is designed to help students develop skills to cope with policy-level decision-making with respect to cybersecurity issues in the public or private sector.

Coursework is designed to cover management, IT/Computer Science and cybersecurity law and policy for those who require some baseline knowledge of cybersecurity issues, but not at the level of a technical specialist.

For IT professionals interested in the more technical roles of implementing and overseeing IT systems, CTU's MSIT degree program offers a concentration in Security Management.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity 2014-2021*

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

  • Classes start in 5 Weeks

  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  48

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online: Online

Program Details

Program Outline
Career Paths
Alumni Experience
Employer Experience
  • Program Outline

    The courses for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy degree are focused on providing a holistic overview of industry-relevant to those who aspire to work in the cybersecurity field. Courses include:

    • Data and Applications Security
    • Computer Systems Security Foundations
    • Operating Systems Security
    • Network Security
    • IT Management
    • Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making
    • Project Management Processes in Organizations
    • Introduction to Cybersecurity Policy
    • Government and the Cyber Sector
    • Cyber Organizations and Structures
    • Emerging Initiatives in Cybersecurity Strategy
    • Cybersecurity Policy Capstone

    View this degree in the catalog for a full course listing.

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  • Career Paths

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity— starting with the right master’s degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy degree include:1

    • Security Manager
    • Information Technology Project Manager
    • Technical Program Manager
    • Director of Emergency Services
    • Technical Project Manager
    • Risk Manager
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  • Alumni Experience

    Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about.2

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    My education has helped me advance my career
    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    Communicate effectively with my manager

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency

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  • Employer Experience

    Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.3

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job
    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    Take direction well
    Work effectively in a team environment
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    Manage conflicts effectively
    Provide input on planning for business
    Take initiative to lead projects
    Think about how their projects will impact the business

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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Online Programs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 24%

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website.


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1; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

2Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

3Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

*CTU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyberscurity for academic years 2014-2021 for its cybersecurity and information assurance programs

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