Help Prevent Cyber Attacks and Solve Cyber Crimes

Cybersecurity is one of the most difficult and pressing challenges facing our nation today and into the foreseeable future. This 100% online M.S. in Cybersecurity program will provide you with the powerful combination of a traditional liberal arts education with expert knowledge and technical skills to excel in the dynamic field of cybersecurity.  According to the Official Annual Cybersecurity Jobs Report, there currently are 3.5 million unfilled cyber jobs globally; In particular, New Jersey and its surrounding metro areas have an immediate and urgent workforce shortage for well-prepared cyber professionals. 

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Facts & Figures

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


projected job growth in the U.S. through 2028*


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Program Requirements

Rider's online M.S. in Cybersecurity program allows students the flexibility to design a plan of study that meets their personal and professional needs. Courses are offered in a six week, fully online format.

The curriculum teaches and reinforces skills in the cybersecurity subjects of data and software security, component and connection security, system and organizational  security, as well as human and societal security. 

How to Apply

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Every Industry Needs Cyber Professionals

Cybersecurity professionals play a critical role in a variety of industries. In order to prevent a cyber threat, you must understand what types of threats are out there. There are two main areas of cybersecurity.

Be Prepared

Graduates with an online M.S. in Cybersecurity from Rider will be equipped with the skills to handle all types of situations.

Learn to:

  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of cybersecurity
  • Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing/cybersecurity practice based on legal and ethical principles
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline
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Accelerate Your Master's Degree

Rider undergraduates pursuing a bachelor’s degree in either Cybersecurity (technical track) or Computer Science are eligible to earn a M.S. in Cybersecurity in only 5 years through the 4+1 program. The “4 + 1” courses are:
CYB 510 … Cryptography for Cybersecurity (required course)
CYB 530 … Mobile Computing and Wireless Security (required course)
CYB 550 … Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Analysis (required course)
CYB 570 … Special Topics in Cybersecurity (elective course)
HLS 531 … Critical Infrastructure Security (elective course)
HLS 532 … Disaster Management and Preparedness (elective course)


Cybersecurity (M.S.)

Elizabeth Hawthorne

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science/Cybersecurity

Computer Science and Physics

Facade of Science and Technology Center