A ransomware attack occurs every 14 seconds. Nearly 60% of all companies in the U.S. have experienced a security breach. Cybercrime has caused trillions of dollars in losses across the world. This growing number of threats directly impacts the demand for cybersecurity talent. The problem – organizations are finding a significant shortage of candidates who have the skills to protect organizations against cyberattacks. Now is the time to discover your path to a secure future and a rewarding career in cybersecurity.

The 100% online University of Wisconsin-Platteville Master of Science in Cybersecurity will provide you with skills that the current market demands. The program’s core curriculum addresses the fundamentals of cybersecurity, featuring courses in security planning, risk assessment, and communication. Once you complete your core courses, you will choose to pursue a unique track of study. You may choose more than one track. This degree offers four tracks of study:

  • Digital forensics: Digital forensics uses scientific investigation methods to collect, preserve, and analyze data stored on electronic media so that it can withstand legal review. As a student in this track, you will study computer criminology, network forensics, and digital evidence investigation techniques.
  • Cyber response: Cyber response is an organized approach to monitoring, detecting, and responding to security events through each stage of their lifecycle. It encompasses both defensive and offensive security strategies including threat identification, management, and prevention. As a student in this track, you will learn about security infrastructure, incident remediation, and active defense techniques.
  • Governance and leadership: Cybersecurity governance provides a framework for mitigating risk by assuring that information security strategies align with business objectives and are consistent with relevant laws and regulations. It includes executive leadership and communication at every level of the organization. As a student in this track, you will take security administration, leadership, and cybersecurity management courses.
  • Security architecture: Security architecture is responsible for system confidentiality, integrity, and availability in relation to an enterprise’s overall system architecture and security process. As a student in this track, you will study modern cryptography, the foundations of engineering secure applications, cyber-physical systems, and secure cloud computing.

Earn your degree at your pace with flexible courses that fit your schedule. Total cost of the program is $28,900*. Ask your admission counselor how you can reduce this cost with transfer credits or professional credentials.

*Subject to change without notice.

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Credit for Prior Learning

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? If so, we want to recognize that, and help you save time and money in the process. Speak with an admission counselor to see if your previous experience qualifies.

Start Dates and Timelines

To ensure you are admitted for the semester you intend to start on your degree, you'll want to submit your application and supporting materials by:

  • Spring: January 15
  • Summer: May 15
  • Fall: August 15

Academic Calendar

Find important University of Wisconsin-Platteville dates such as the beginning and end of each semester, breaks in the semester, final exams, and deadlines for dropping or adding classes using our academic calendar. Spring and fall semesters are each 16 weeks, while the summer semester is 12 weeks.

Transfer Information

UW-Platteville allows for students to transfer up to 12 credits of previously taken graduate coursework. Credits need to have been earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and approved by UW-Platteville program faculty. You’ll want to be sure to let your admission counselor know if you have earned credits previously.