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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity builds knowledge and skills of security specialists to effectively protect the safety and prosperity of companies, communities and the nation. The mission of the program is to engage students in an interdisciplinary approach on the security aspects of software, modern cryptographic systems, and security program management.


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Endorsed by Cybersecurity Leaders

“As a public servant with over 25 years of information technology and cybersecurity operational experience, I feel this program can and will dramatically increase the available number of trained cybersecurity professionals within Idaho and nationwide.”

– Keith Tresh, Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Technology Services,  State of Idaho

“In recognition of the crucial role that cybersecurity plays in everyday life and with regards to the documented shortage of cybersecurity professionals, this program will help meet the educational needs and workforce demands of organizations within the state and beyond.”

– Scott Cramer, Director Cybercore Integration Center, National & Homeland Security

Masters of Science in Cybersecurity - At a Glance

About The Emphases

Computer Science Emphasis

The Computer Science emphasis will focus on the protection of computer systems, networks, programs, critical infrastructures, and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change, or destruction.

Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Emphasis

The Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis emphasis will focus on modern and emerging cryptographic systems, weaknesses of the underlying mathematics of a cryptographic system, weaknesses in implementation including side-channel attacks, and weak entropy inputs.

Management Emphasis

The Management emphasis will focus on managing the many complex systems required to run a successful information security program. These systems include governance systems, change management systems, identity, and access management systems, and managing the people running them.

How Much Does It Cost?

The table below provides estimates for the cost of attendance:

Fee TypeDomestic - ResidentDomestic - Non-ResidentInternational
Boise State Graduate Admissions Application Fee (non-refundable)$65$65$95
Tuition - Full-time Students (per academic year)$9,725$17,766$17,766
Tuition - Part-time Students (per credit)$469.64$826.64$826.64
Graduation Application Fee$25$25$25

*The per-credit fees listed above are for the 2020- 2021 academic year. Future academic credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May.  Current Graduate Tuition and Fees

**Other fees may apply, visit the Student Financial Services website for all graduate tuition and fees.

How Long Will It Take?

Full-time students taking approximately 3 courses per semester can complete the MS in Cybersecurity in two years.

How Do I Apply?

The program is currently waiting for State Board of Education approval.

Application information will be added soon, and the program plans to admit the first co-hort of students in Fall of 2021.

If you would like to be contacted when applications are open, please submit an information request. 

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