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MS or MBA in Cybersecurity


Protecting, Defending, and Securing the Digital World

Since 2003, the University of Dallas has been designated by National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

  • Only one of seven universities in the world (and the only university in Texas) designated by NSA and DHS to meet all six NSTISSI/ CNSS standards 4011, 4012, 4013, 4014, 4015 and 4016.^
  • Academic partner with the National Defense University's Information Resources Management College (NDU-s IRMC) to transfer 9 to 15 hours of graduate credit.
  • Authorization to issue graduate certificates on behalf of the U.S. Government for NSA and DHS.
  • Continuing professional education for CISSPs.
  • Faculty members who have more than 150 years combined real-world cybersecurity experience.
  • Program Advisory Board that includes Cybersecurity professionals active in the practice of Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity elective courses are only offered online.

^Source: NSA (, March 25, 2009) 

NOTE: Due to the online course requirements, this program is not available for students attending on an F1 or J1 visa.

Cybersecurity Course Requirements

Detailed course descriptions can be found here.

MBA Degree Requirements
In addition to the MBA core course requirements, students who complete the four Cybersecurity electives below will receive a Concentration in Cybersecurity on their transcript.

CYBS 6350. Data Protection*
CYBS 6355. Compliance & Legal Issues
CYBS 7350. Operational Cybersecurity Management*
CYBS 7351. Strategic Cybersecurity Management*

Master of Science Requirements
Prerequisite Knowledge:
The equivalent of 3 credit hours of Statistics
The equivalent of 9 credit hours in Information Systems/Technology (may be satisfied by TECH 5F70 Foundations of Management of ITand CYBS 5F70 Foundations of Cybersecurity)

Core Courses (9 credit hours):
BUAD 6330. Business Communications or BUAD 5311. Business Research & Writing
BUAD 6390. Business Ethics
TECH 8090. Comprehensive Exam*
TECH 8395. Practicum*

Required Cybersecurity Courses (21 credit hours):
CYBS 6350. Data Protection*
CYBS 6355. Compliance & Legal Issues
CYBS 6357. Emerging Cyber Threats*
CYBS 7350. Operational Cybersecurity Management*
CYBS 7351. Strategic Cybersecurity Management*
CYBS 7355. Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessment*
CYBS 7359. Digital Forensics*

Required Information & Technology Management Elective (3 credit hours):
TECH 6370. Process Mapping & Management*
TECH 6375. Digital Business Profile Management*
TECH 7371. Knowledge Management*
TECH 7372. Enterprise Architecture*
TECH 7374. Program & Services Management*
TECH 7375. Strategy & IT Governance*

MS-MBA Dual Degree Requirements
Contact an advisor for more information about the MS-MBA Dual Degree option.

* denotes courses with prerequisites

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Title IX Coordinator: The University has designated Janis Townsend, Director of Human Resources, as the Title IX Coordinator. Human Resources is located on the second floor of Carpenter Hall and the phone number is (972) 721-5382.

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