Cybersecurity Online Master's Program

  • Master of Science
  • School of Cybersecurity

In our cybersecurity online graduate program, you'll work with ODU's School of Cybersecurity. That means cutting-edge research with experienced ODU faculty and hands-on experience through a virtual lab where you can conduct cybersecurity experiments.

Our faculty bring their research and experience into the classroom. Your online courses will involve real-world examples and applications in cybersecurity, cyber defense, and team management. Our comprehensive cybersecurity curriculum covers:

  • Advanced cybersecurity principles, techniques, and operations
  • Advanced topics in law and policy, including digital forensics
  • Management and leadership in cybersecurity, including project management
  • Technical training in emerging technologies
  • Opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research with faculty

You will choose five elective courses to focus your studies. Instead of a thesis, you will complete a capstone course that will apply your studies to solve real-world cybersecurity problems.

When you graduate, you will earn a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. You will be ready to advance your professional career, pursue doctoral studies, or teach cybersecurity in colleges and universities.

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Old Dominion University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) in all three focus areas:

  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)
  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO)
  • National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Research (CAE-R)

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    • 30 credit hours

    This online master's degree program can be completed in as little as one year with full-time enrollment.

    This program does not require a thesis. Instead, you will complete a capstone course that applies your education to a real-world cybersecurity problem.

  • Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

  • In-state Virginia Residents
    $620 per credit hour*
    Out-of-state Students
    $642 per credit hour

    Rates are effective Fall 2024 and subject to change.
    * In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Future Shapers Scholarship: This scholarship supports students pursuing degrees in technology-based industries, fostering innovation and growth. Recipients are awarded $1,000 for the first semester of enrollment. 

    Learn more about the Future Shapers Scholarship

  • Our graduates will be prepared for high-level positions to secure the nation's cyber infrastructure and coordinate cyber operations teams with roles such as:

    • Cybersecurity project manager
    • Lead software security engineer
    • Principal cybersecurity engineer
    • Senior security analyst
    • Cybersecurity data scientist
    • Computer network defense lead
    • Senior cybersecurity systems architect
    • Chief information security officer
  • Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32 percent from 2022 to 2032.
    — Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, April 2024

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.

  • In addition to general ODU admission requirements, for this program you should have:

    • A Bachelor of Science from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent
    • Undergraduate coursework or experience in cybersecurity or related field
    • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
    • GRE test scores
  • You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

    Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.