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


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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. 

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 could earn a M.S. in Cybersecurity quicker through the accelerated program. A sample of graduate courses available for upper level undergraduates include:


CYBR 500 … Beyond Code: Cybersecurity in Context
CYBR 510 … Cryptography for Cybersecurity
CYBR 520 ... Managing Cyber Risks
CYBR 530 … Mobile Computing and Wireless Security
CYBR 540 ... Secure Coding for Cyber Defense
CYBR 550 ... Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Analysis


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Cybersecurity (M.S.)

Elizabeth K. Hawthorne, Ph.D, CISSP

Online Lecturer, Department of Computer Science & Physics, Graduate Program Director, Cybersecurity

Computer Science and Physics

ehawthorne [at]

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