Cybersecurity Engineering, M.S.

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Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

Cybersecurity touches nearly every facet of an organization. From marketing to legal to finance, employees across the industry are more aware of the flow of data and the measures needed to keep it secure. Technical systems need technical solutions—which is why the University of New Hampshire has launched a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering.

Designed for working professionals and those with a strong interest in cybersecurity, the program combines in-class and online learning on how to develop, engineer and operate secure information systems. You will learn the theoretical underpinnings of information security and have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios and authentic project experiences.

With a greater emphasis on the collection and storage of big data, information security and cloud computing, the demand for cybersecurity engineers has never been higher. The M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering gives you the technical skills and experience to meet that demand, preparing you to secure information, communications, networks and control systems for any organization.

UNH's fully online M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management prepares leaders in cybersecurity strategy and policy. Learn more

Program Coordinator

Mihaela Sabin

Department of Applied Engineering and Sciences Chair, Coordinator of the Graduate Information Technology Program and Associate Professor of Computer Science

The M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering program will have two options:

  • The Capstone option requires the completion of 11 courses (33 credits). The capstone is a work-based project, internship experience or other appropriate activity that integrates the skills and knowledge you developed during the degree program, along with your past experiences, areas of specialization and professional goals. In consultation with an advisor, each student develops a project plan and prepares and delivers a final project agreed upon by the student and advisor.
  • The Thesis option consists of 10 courses (30 credits) and requires you to research, write and defend a publishable-quality, graduate-level paper. Theis track is designed for students who may be interested in pursuing further studies (i.e., a doctoral experience).

Program Requirements

  • COMP 815 - Information Security
  • COMP 835 - Secure Network Technologies
  • COMP 845 - Software Security Principles
  • COMP 855 - Computer Forensics
  • COMP 885 - Cryptography
  • One (1) 3-credit policy course from the following:
    • CPRM 810 - Foundations of Cybersecurity
    • CPRM 830 - Security Measures I
    • CPRM 850 - Security Measures II
    • CPRM 870 - Cybersecurity Risk Management
    • CPRM 880 - Cybersecurity Metrics and Evaluation
  • COMP 890 - Internship
  • One (1) elective course for thesis option or three (3) elective courses for Capstone option from the following:
    • COMP 805 - Web System Development
    • COMP 820 - Database Systems and Technology
    • COMP 821 - Big Data for Data Engineers
    • COMP 825 - Programming Languages
    • COMP 830 - Object Oriented Software Development
    • COMP 840 - Machine Learning Applications and Tools
    • COMP 850 - Neural Networks
    • COMP 851 - System Integration and Architecture
    • COMP 860 - Data Visualization
    • COMP 880 - Topics
  • Capstone project (3 credits) completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor or Thesis (6 credits) to be completed under the supervision of a thesis advisor

Graduates of the Cybersecurity Engineering program are able to identify, analyze and respond to the complex information security threats that are increasingly common in today's digital landscape. You'll learn skills in core and advanced information security, preparing you to develop, integrate and evaluate secure IT systems and services for any organization.

Job Title Job Growth* Median Salary**
Computer and Information Systems Manager 12% $139,220
Computer Network Support Specialist 8% $62,340
Computer Systems Analyst 9% $88,270
Database Administrator 11% $87,020
Information Security Analyst 28% $95,510
Network and Computer Systems Administrator 6% $81,100

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected job outlook from 2016 to 2026. The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages reported in May 2017.

Tuition & Fees

The anticipated tuition rates and fees for the 2019/2020 academic year are available here. Please note that these are subject to change.

Financial Aid

You may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans, the only form of federal financial aid available to graduate students. The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Enrollment in a degree program
  • Attending classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester)
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress


Our Cybersecurity Engineering program welcomes students from all over the world, and the UNH Manchester campus is located in the heart of a city that embraces cultural diversity. Read more about our city.


UNH Manchester offers housing at our UNH residence hall, UNH Downtown Commons. Located at 1000 Elm Street, UNH Downtown Commons offers spacious rooms, on-site dining, laundry facilities, cable TV, internet, shared lounge spaces and more. The residence hall is just a short walk to campus and steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops and nightlife. We’ve also partnered with the New Hampshire Institute of Art to offer weekly meal plans in the NHIA dining hall, located on-site at 1000 Elm.

Questions about UNH Manchester housing? Contact the office of admissions for more information.

Getting your visa

The office of International students will assist you with your visa process. Visit our graduate International Students page for further details about the application process and other questions you may have.