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Earn Your Master of Professional Studies in Cybersecurity Management

If you understand the critical role that IT security plays in business, our online MPS in Cybersecurity Management program can help you hone your skills and elevate your career. Learn from industry professionals and develop the skills to tackle real-world cybersecurity challenges with IT solutions that are powerful, relevant, and effective.

You’ll gain the knowledge and experience needed to take on a range of challenges, including the following:

  • Identifying security risks and known threats
  • Formulating preventative security controls
  • Articulating and championing business cases for security projects
  • Implementing a tailored organizational cybersecurity posture
  • Developing security budgets based on risk modeling
  • Institutionalizing security-relevant governance policy

Choose from two in-demand concentrations (optional):

  • Emergency Operations
  • Homeland Security

In cybersecurity, you need a well-built security posture to defend against attacks and a master plan to maintain a vigilant offense. Do you have the intellectual and strategic tools you need for success?

Cyber Security Graphic of Computers

Online Degrees Two Centuries in the Making

The Tulane School of Professional Advancement has always been a place where working adults can attain a quality education to advance their knowledge and careers. Now we offer courses online to accommodate people who are ready to take the next step but don’t have the time to attend classes on-campus.

Our completely online programs are designed for professionals like you who want to advance their careers while managing other responsibilities.
 

Outcomes

An MPS in Cybersecurity Management will provide you with both the technical and leadership skills needed to advance your IT career and have a significant impact on any organization or industry. Upon completion of our degree, you will be able to:

  • Identify security risks while designing and building working solutions to protect the computing assets of an organization
  • Develop, apply, and institutionalize IT security risk management practices, governance policy, and procedures
  • Synthesize security efforts within multiple segments of an organization, including both IT and non-IT departments
  • Develop, articulate, and champion business cases for proposed computing security projects and tasks steeped in real-world limitations
  • Evaluate, analyze and interpret security-relevant cases and statutory laws and legal trends in information assurance while incorporating them into security management efforts
  • Understand and develop IT security budgets based on security economics and risk modeling
  • Understand, relate, and apply commercial and government business process frameworks for security governance and management
  • Relate in-depth knowledge of LAN/WAN, data architecture, security auditing, cryptography technologies, as well as emerging technologies, from a security perspective
  • Relate emerging technologies and tools, including IoT, blockchain, biotech, and bioinformatics, to their impact on an organization’s security posture

Learn From Industry Professionals

By earning an MPS in Cybersecurity Management from the School of Professional Advancement (SoPA), you'll have access to accomplished Cybersecurity/IT professionals and leading academics in the cybersecurity field. They bring real-world examples into the classroom and explore the complex cybersecurity challenges facing businesses across the globe. Tulane’s professors serve as engaged and committed mentors, offering personalized academic and career guidance to their online students.

Cyber Security Staff Members Conversing

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of our prospective students have questions regarding our MPS in Cybersecurity Management program. Find answers to our most frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.

MPS Admission Requirements

You will need a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and/or significant relevant work experience with a bachelor’s degree in another major.

Please begin your online application by registering for an account and providing:

  • A copy of your resume
  • Official government-issued photo ID
  • 500-word personal statement
  • Official Transcripts
  • Application fee ($50)

You will also need to schedule an interview with the program director. If accepted into the MPS in Cybersecurity Management program, you will be notified by email within seven business days. You will then receive your user ID and password. If you are a returning Tulane student, you will have your previous TU user ID and passwords reactivated.

MPS Degree Requirements

SoPA awards the MPS in Cybersecurity Management following the successful completion of 11 graduate courses comprised of nine core courses, one elective, and one capstone course, with no thesis required. To earn the MPS, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. At the beginning of the semester, students must also apply for a degree, available from the SoPA Dean’s office, in which the student plans to complete all required coursework.

Concentration Details

In addition to the required core courses for the MPS in Cybersecurity Management, students may select two elective courses from a wide range of choices. Additionally, elective courses may result in a graduate degree concentration. The Online Master’s in Cybersecurity Management offers two optional concentrations: Homeland Security and Emergency Operations. By diving deep into the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity, students receive the tools needed to accurately assess risks and create strategic plans to protect organizations and clients from ever-present security threats, with a focus on these two vital industries.

Homeland Security

The Homeland Security concentration provides rigorous preparation for cybersecurity jobs in a critical and fast-moving field. The courses in this concentration equip learners with the strategic planning and analytical skills needed to identify and assess threats to the nation. Graduates will be able to leverage technology to help thwart terrorist activity while abiding by legal and ethical considerations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 28% growth in information security analyst jobs between 2016 and 2026, a rate that the BLS states is much higher than the average for other occupations.

Homeland Security and Approaches to Counter-Terrorism

Students will employ critical analysis to examine key policy issues and the balances that must be addressed in strategic counterterrorism planning, particularly in the use of applied technology within the context of civil jurisdiction and the rule of law. The course will examine terrorist threats to the homeland and how the application of science and technology can meet these threats. Discussions will include policy issues that address balancing the sometimes competing interests of security and civil liberties to counter terrorism threats effectively. These issues are addressed from the governance perspective of a liberal democracy. Strategic planning principles that integrate the capabilities of current and future applied technology and the key legal and policy issues that must be resolved to make effective use of information as balanced against civil liberties will be explored as well.

Intelligence Analysis and Critical Thinking

This course is designed to give students an advanced understanding of intelligence gathering and analysis as it relates to critical thinking. This course provides the cybersecurity linkages to money laundering, risk management, risk assessment factors, operational concepts, and strategic implications. It is a logical progression that further examines the collaborative process of intelligence analysis that provides homeland security professionals with the tools, framework, and concepts they need to further develop their leadership skills by understanding how the synthesis and utilization of intelligence impacts decision making in tactical, operational, and strategic settings. This course also emphasizes the principles of a holistic, all-hazards approach to preparedness.

Cybersecurity Law and Policy

This course on existing and evolving laws will teach students about agreements, legal decisions, regulations, and compliances pertaining to cybersecurity and enterprise IT. Students will explore ethical considerations of cybersecurity practices, including social networking and privacy, in the context of enterprise cybersecurity management.

Emergency Operations

A well-planned and thorough emergency operations plan is crucial to every business, government agency, and individual in today’s unpredictable, highly technical, and automated world. The Emergency Operations concentration offers robust training in crisis management and recovery efforts for nonmedical emergency managers. This concentration prepares graduates to identify, evaluate, and respond to a range of crises and to effectively strategize ways to maintain organizational security and ensure business continuity. An impressive 28% growth in information security analyst jobs is projected between 2016 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Security and Cyber Threats for IT Managers

This course provides students with advanced information on current threats to IT systems, including an array of current and evolving exploitation methods and vulnerabilities. Through research and lectures, students will examine attacks and attackers to understand their motivations, purposes, goals, types, and phases. This course also considers emerging technologies and technical uses (such as blockchain, the Internet of Things, and quantum computing) from the standpoint of threats and security.

Introduction to Emergency Management

This course offers an advanced study of the important health and medical management issues involved in crises and emergencies presented for the nonmedical emergency manager. Course materials will describe the wide range of medical and health issues inherent to a crisis, including biological, radiological, and nuclear emergencies. Students will focus on innovative response and recovery, including long-term public health recovery issues as well as methods for integrating medical, public health, and psychological processes into emergency management.

Business Continuity

As businesses across the globe utilize extended supply chains, productivity has increased, but it has come at the cost of increased vulnerability. Organizations cannot afford to be unprepared for traditional and emerging threats. Business continuity is a growing segment of emergency management in the private sector. This specialty works to ensure continuous business operations before, during, and after disasters or normal disruptions. It is designed to provide strategies tied to national and international standards for the development of detailed business continuity plans. Students will discuss managing disruptions, maintaining continuity of critical operations, and mitigating losses that occur when work is interrupted. Based on the all-hazards framework, students will learn about different methods for tackling various threats, including political instability and cyber attacks. Regardless of the impetus for such disruptive events, students will be prepared to train employees to both mitigate and recover from them. Students will also discuss best practices in the ongoing recovery efforts after an event.

Cyber Network and Telecommunications Security

Students will learn about the development of enterprise security for networks and telecommunications. Coursework will include examining defense architecture as well as best-practice implementations of security tools, solutions, methods, and constructs for testing network security. These ideas will help students build an understanding of the fundamental aspects of designing a secure network.

Cyber Incident Response and Forensics

This course takes a 360-degree study of cyber incident responses and investigations from the standpoint of a cybersecurity manager. Students will learn how to secure a cyber incident scene, preserve digital evidence, establish and maintain a chain of custody, safeguard evidence, use forensic analysis and tools, and examine and review evidence. As part of this review, students will consider decision matrices for notifying and working with government and law enforcement agencies.

Eligibility for Transfer Credits

Students in good standing may petition to transfer a maximum of nine credit hours (three courses) of graduate coursework from other colleges or universities to the MPS degree. However, only courses with grades of B or better, completed within five years of enrolling in the MPS program, may be considered for transfer credit.

Course Progression

The MPS courses are designed to be taken in any order, except for the intro course and capstone. Below is an example of how a typical part-time MPS student may progress through the courses.

Tuition and Fees

Spring and Summer 2020 Tuition

  • All SoPA Graduate: $1,039/credit

Spring and Summer 2020 Fees

  • Graduate Application Fee: $50
  • Academic Support Fee: $60
  • Graduate Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio Fee: $1,000

Some courses require fees. Please check the schedule of classes for individual course fees.

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