Starting Fall 2020, you can complete your degree online, on campus or a mixture of both.
Welcome to the M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Program at the University of Central Missouri. The M. S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through the University of Central Missouri. This program is designed to prepare graduates with advanced skills in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. The graduates from the program can apply these skills to protect resources in the cyber domain and work as senior cybersecurity professionals in various sectors of industry that have significant online resources. We provide an unmatched education to students in the region, and we're proud of it. With the demand for qualified technical personnel far exceeding the available supply, the opportunities awaiting Cybersecurity graduates are nearly limitless. The program will be offered both face-to-face at UCM-Lee's Summit and online starting Fall 2020.
We have highly qualified and dedicated faculty members who have extensive experiences in research and/or industry. Six of them received specialized information security training through the SANS Institute. In addition, several faculty hold highly regarded cybersecurity certificates such as GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE), Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN), Certified Web Applications Penetration Tester (GWAPT), Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP), Certified Secure Java Developer (GSSP-Java), Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN), and Security Leadership (GSLC).View Faculty Profiles
Admission is granted on the basis of applicant’s academic aptitude and potential which will be evaluated through academic record, test scores, and/or work experience. To be admitted to the program,
The GRE test requirement can be waived if any one of the following conditions is satisfied:
International students whose native language is not English and do not have a US degree are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet based) is required. IELTS and PTE scores are also accepted at UCM. Regular graduate students should have a band score of 6.0 in IELTS or 53 in PTE. The English requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours or have earned a bachelor or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the USA. Submission of a Statement of Purpose and 3 letters of recommendation is OPTIONAL for admission. They may, however, be required if the student applies for Graduate Assistantship or Student Worker positions. Applicants who do not meet one of the above minimum admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis.
Numerous scholarships are available specifically for Computer Science majors. In addition, there are paid opportunities to work as a graduate assistant. For a full list of scholarships, visit ucmo.edu/scholarshipfinder.
Explore Cybersecurity outside the classroom by joining a Cybersecurity student organization. These include: