Professional Science Master's in Cyber Defense and Information Assurance

Become an integral part of information protection and security measures with the Professional Science Master's in Cyber Defense and Information Assurance in Temple’s College of Science and Technology. This 30-credit-hour, interdisciplinary graduate program is designed for professionals in technology-related careers seeking advanced coursework in global cyber security detection and prevention, as well as current laws and regulations. You’ll graduate with expertise to lead information protection initiatives at your organization, resulting in more secure systems and data.

Threats to global information security are becoming more prevalent. As a result, more laws and technical advancements are being developed. The Cyber Defense and Information Assurance PSM coursework focuses on a holistic framework for cyber security, built around the core security principles—correction, detection and prevention.

Through the Cyber Defense and Information Assurance PSM program, you’ll study 

  • digital forensics investigation, including analysis, collection and handling, and reporting of electronic evidence; 
  • ethical and unethical hacking;  
  • operating systems and computer networks, including computer memory systems, software system support and the internet protocol suite; and 
  • software modeling and design to better ensure the protection of data and programs.

The culminating event of the Cyber Defense and Information Assurance PSM is the final capstone project, for which you’ll be presented with a real-world security issue within a professional organization.

Graduates are prepared to pursue the Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator professional certifications. 

Program Requirements

To successfully complete the Cyber Defense and Information Assurance PSM, you must complete 30 credit hours of coursework, including three credits toward your final capstone research and project. The final capstone project includes a security issue identified at a professional organization.

You must research and address the security issue in three phases.

  • Phase One: Identifying the impact of the issue on an organization and which regulatory measures should be considered.
  • Phase Two: Diagnosing network and application vulnerabilities, documenting findings and performing forensics.
  • Phase Three: Presenting your findings to program faculty and individuals from the organization.

Learn more about the program requirements for the Cyber Defense and Information Assurance PSM.

Classes & Curriculum

Most classes are offered in the evenings or on weekends to fit your professional schedule. They take place at Temple’s Main Campus, in close proximity to College of Science and Technology faculty and research facilities. 

The core program courses include

  • Computer Systems Security & Privacy, 
  • Ethical Hacking & Intrusion Forensics, 
  • Introduction to Digital Forensics and 
  • Networking & Operating Systems.

Learn more about Cyber Defense and Information Assurance PSM classes and curriculum.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Professional Science Masters offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2022–2023 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,252.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,628.00 per credit

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