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Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience Online Degree Program

The Graduate Cyber Operations and Resilience (gCORe) program at Boise State University offers more than a just theory-based degree; it’s centered in real-world application and prepares you to be an industry-ready professional, capable of creating and protecting resilient systems and networks. Want to learn more? Join us for an online information session or contact a Student Success Coach.

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Endorsed by Major Cyber Industry Leaders

“The key to this powerful new program — the gCORe — lies in its ability to develop focused curriculum that provides needed skill sets that they can use from day one. This program is geared to instruct and produce cybersecurity professionals.” – Stanley R. Jarocki, vice president of MUFG Union Bank

Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience at a Glance

About the gCORe Program

Boise State’s online Cyber Operations and Resilience Program is aligned with the industry’s top training, cloud and technology solutions providers. We are excited to add vmware IT Academy, Palo Alto Academy and Cisco Networking academy to our growing list of partners. As a student, you gain free access to the training resources provided by our partners.  Interested in learning more? Connect with our student success team to hear how an industry informed program can transform your education and career prospects.

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The Graduate Cyber Operations and Resilience (gCORe) program is an asynchronous, online program that prepares you to design, remediate and operate resilient information systems, physical systems, and networks.

Customizable learning paths: Through complementary technical and non-technical tracks, the gCORe program provides you with optional certificates, hands-on experiential learning, learning by teaching, and practical application on your path to a master’s degree. 

Real-world application: The stackable approach of this program, along with the emerging importance of cyber and physical resilience prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed for maintaining the operational effectiveness of complex business, academic, government information, and physical systems.

Designed for you: With full- and part-time options and seven-week course offerings, the fully online gCORe program is designed to help you advance your career within the cyber workforce!

Is the Program Accredited?

Boise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). This means the entire university meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality and is evaluated through a peer-review process. In addition, many academic programs have special accreditation or endorsement. For more information on why accreditation matters, refer to our FAQs.

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What Can You Do With a Master in Cyber Operations and Resilience?

From February 2018- April 2020, 130,322 total jobs were posted in the United States that require a credential in a field related to cybersecurity. Of which, 19,223 jobs either preferred or required an advanced degree.

The average salary is estimated at $95.1K. (Cyber Feasibility Study, Boise State University, 2020)

Possible Careers*:

  • Cybersecurity Analyst Lead
  • Cybersecurity Manager
  • Cybersecurity Engineering Lead
  • Cybersecurity Architect
  • Deputy CISO

*Visit for more career pathway information.

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How Do I Apply?

To be considered for the online Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • At least a baccalaureate degree (in any academic discipline) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions office. Applicants who are a senior in good academic standing can request an exception to this requirement. 
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on a 4-point scale) computed for all undergraduate credits from the applicant’s most recent baccalaureate degree.* 
  • Admission to the Boise State Graduate College
  • Admission to the gCORe program

*Students with a GPA lower than 3.0 may require special provisions for admission to the gCORe program

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How Much Does It Cost?

Boise State Online offers reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options, and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently.

Boise State Graduate Admissions Application Fee (non-refundable)$65
Courses (30 total credits @$525 per credit*)$15,750
Books (estimate)$1,810
Graduation Application Fee$25
Approximate Total Investment$17,650

Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access which are all required for this program. Students in the gCORe program will need a computer that meets the following processing requirements: processor (AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5) with at least 16GB memory RAM and 500GB storage space.

*The per-credit fees listed above are for the 2022-23 academic year. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May. 

Notice: Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: Fee waivers do not apply to this program.

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What Classes Will I Take?

The online Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resiliency curriculum below shows the courses required for the 30 credit program. Students can complete the program in as little as four semesters when attending full-time, or eight semesters part-time.  

The full curriculum requires the completion of required courses, two certificate options and two capstone options.

Course NumberTitleCredits
Required Course
CORE 500Cyber Systems Thinking
CORE 501Cyber Risk Assessment1
Electives: Choose Six
CORE 502Cyber Threat Modeling1
CORE 503Information Assurance1
CORE 510Applied Cybersecurity Programming1
CORE 511Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning1
CORE 512Introduction to Deep Learning1
CORE 513Internet of Things Architecture1
CORE 514Cyber-Informed Engineering1
CORE 520Cyber Security Operations Center1
CORE 521Cyber Business and Regulatory Operations1
CORE 522Cyber Red and Blue Teams1
Elective(Potential transfer credit which must be approved by program coordinator)6
Capstone: Choose Two
CORE 578Teaching 1
CORE 579Certification1
CORE 591Project1
Take any combination of courses listed below to equal 18 credits
Analyst and Threat Intelligence Certificate
CORE 550
Cyber Threat Intelligence
CORE 551
Cyber Warfare and Conflicts3
CORE 552
Cyber Digital and Signal Intelligence3
Resilience Engineering Certificate
CORE 560
Cyber Resilience Systems Design3
CORE 561
Network Design and Exploitation Techniques3
CORE 562
Resilience Coding and Architecture of Devices3
Governance Policy Administration Certificate
CORE 570
Cyber Risk Management3
CORE 571
Cyber Law, Ethics and Policy3
CORE 572
Cybersecurity Governance and Compliance3
Total gCORe Degree Requirements30

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What Support Will I Have?

The Boise State gCORe program features a network of individuals who are here to make sure you are a success in the program! From student success coaches who guide you through the admissions process, to advisors who help you overcome challenges as you navigate your degree plan, to faculty with real-world cyber experience, to staff who work to remove barriers and solve problems for students, we are here to help.

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The Boise State Master of Science in Cyber Operations and Resilience is well equipped to accommodate military service members. Whether you are active-duty, a veteran, or a civilian, Boise State Online’s gCORe is here to support you as you earn your master’s degree.

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What About Graduate Certificates?

The gCORe program offers three graduate certificates. You can pursue certificates individually, as part of your gCORe master’s degree, or if you want to add a cyber operations and resilience emphasis into a non-cyber operations master’s degree. 

The flexibility of the graduate certificates allows you to stack your credentials should you choose to continue onto a master’s degree path after completing your certificate. 

Analyst and Threat Intelligence Certificate

The Analyst and Threat Intelligence Certificate is designed for students who are interested in understanding threats, cyber warfare, and conflicts. 

More About the Analyst and Threat Intelligence Certificate

Resilience Engineering Certificate

The Resilience Engineering Certificate is designed for students who are interested in designing resilient systems, networking design, coding, and architecture. 

More About the Resilience Engineering Certificate

Governance Policy Administration Certificate


The Governance Policy Administration Certificate is designed for students who are interested in risk management, law, ethics, governance, and compliance. 

More About the Governance Policy Administration Certificate

Admitted Students - Schedule Advising

Once you’ve completed your program orientation, you’ll be assigned a Student Success Advisor. Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. Together you will discuss and develop a plan for your degree.

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Support Cyber Students

Donate to the CORe Scholarship Fund and help a cyber student prepare for a changing world. Follow the link and select the CORe Scholarship from the drop-down menu to ensure your donation goes to cyber students.

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Cyber in the News

Cyber Operations and Resilience Program Welcomes First Cohort
“This degree matters.” -current student Isaiah Moroshan on the importance of Boise State’s cyber programs
Current student Brieann Jones on preparing for the frontlines of cyber operations
Boise State Online Welcomes New Cyber Operations and Resilience Programs

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