Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master of Science in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance


1000 River Road T-KB1-01


Teaneck, NJ 07940

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Students in the program will learn the fundamentals of operating systems, computer networks, cybersecurity, applied cryptography, and penetration testing and vulnerability analysis. With the foundational courses as stepping blocks, they move on to take advanced courses in one of the two key areas of CSIA:  network security administration and secure software development, satisfying the requirements of CAE-CDE knowledge units of those focus areas as recognized by NSA and DHS. In particular, they will learn to establish information security protocols, build firewalls and defend against security intrusions, use encryption and protect information, regulate access to data, establish virus protection systems, implement business continuity and disaster recovery plans, conduct penetration tests and analyze system vulnerabilities, develop secure software, and help resolve information technology (IT) issues related to security. As a culmination of their studies, they are encouraged to work on a project under the supervision of a faculty adviser or to undertake internship to obtain practical work experience.

Students work on state-of-the art labs, which include the Computer Networking and System Administration Lab and the iLab. A Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics Lab is being built, which is expected to be completed by Summer 2017. Students will be able to intern or find employment with business and IT organizations, and computer and engineering companies within the state and in nearby states, as well with locHardly a day goes by without some news on cyberattacks. As the number of cyberattacks keeps increasing every day, clearly more cybersecurity professionals will be needed to plan, implement, upgrade, maintain, and monitor security measures to protect the information infrastructure, computer networks and systems, and digital data of business organizations and local, state and federal agencies.

Admission Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a satisfactory academic record.

Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years. The GRE may be waived if the applicant enrolls initially as a nonmatriculating student and completes 9 graduate credits in CSIA with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 3.00 and no grade below C, or is a graduate of FDU’s computer science, electrical engineering, information technology or closely related programs with an undergraduate CGPR of 3.00 or is a graduate of such programs from other institutions with an undergraduate CGPR of 3.50. This GRE waiver policy is only applicable to applicants who graduated from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. (The GRE requirement also is waived for applicants who have completed a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Three letters of recommendation.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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