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A Regent student studying cybersecurity: Explore the cybersecurity practitioner program.

M.S. in Cybersecurity – Cybersecurity Practitioner

Meet the High Demand as a Cybersecurity Practitioner

Do you have a passion to protect information in the virtual world? Regent’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity with a concentration in Cybersecurity Practitioner focuses on relevant hands-on practice to prepare for in-demand industry certifications. You will gain the knowledge and skill application needed to become a cybersecurity engineer, analyst or tester. You’ll also learn to analyze threats; design secure computing and network environments; proactively defend networks; and respond and investigate cybersecurity incidents that threaten your organization’s cyber network. Presented from a Christian worldview, this concentration is offered fully online and is supported by Regent’s leading-edge Cyber Range in Virginia Beach.

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June 21, 2021

DEFEND AGAINST SECURITY BREACHES

Analyze cybersecurity threats, trends and strategies on a national security level.

DEVELOP DISASTER RECOVERY PLANS

Determine how to respond and recover from cyberattack incidences.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field.

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020). We have also been recognized as a Military Friendly Top 10 School by Military Friendly, 2020, and among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional by Military Times, 2020. Experience the Regent difference through the Master of Science in Cybersecurity – Cybersecurity Practitioner.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the M.S. in Cybersecurity – Cybersecurity Practitioner, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate computer networks and systems for vulnerabilities.
  • Apply ethical hacking techniques to test potential threats.
  • Implement protective measures that protect digital assets.
  • Develop and execute information technology disaster recovery plans.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Cybersecurity Practitioner
  • Cyber Analyst/Tester
  • Digital Forensics Engineer
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Computer Programmer
Essential understanding of the architecture of a Linux operating system. Includes hands-on labs for installing and maintaining workstations, practical knowledge of the Linux command line, handling files, and providing system security. Practical application includes performing maintenance tasks, user administration, data integrity, and system maintenance.
Key principles of the network physical layer, applications, and security. Real-world example networks and hands-on labs are integrated for the development and testing of student created network protocols.
Hands-on exercises within Regent’s cyber range to implement basic cyber security principles. Labe exercises to reinforce key industry certification topics and live fire hands-on incident response scenarios. Requires some synchronous availability. Prerequisites: ISYS 324 Networks and Telecommunication Concept, CYBR 524 Network Architecture and Protocols, CompTIA Network+ certification, or equivalent. Pass/No Pass. Cross-listed with CYBR 381.
Hands-on exercises within Regent’s cyber range to analyze threats, design/defend network environments, and respond/investigate cyber security incidents. Lab exercises include red/blue simulation exercises. Requires some synchronous availability. Prerequisites: CYBR 581. Pass/No Pass. Cross-listed with CYBR 382.
Cyber defense practitioner skills through team collaboration and hands-on exercises within Regent’s cyber range to identify, analyze, defend, and secure against emerging presented threats. Lab exercises include incident response and systems analysis exercises which include debriefs and the construction of comprehensive Incident Response reports. Requires some synchronous availability. Prerequisites: CYBR 582. Pass/No Pass. Cross-listed with CYBR 383.

Ethical principles, issues and responsibilities associated with information systems security, cyber warfare and ethical hacking.

Development of information systems security and assurance frameworks, policies, roles, responsibilities, practices and procedures. Prerequisite: CYBR 610.

Investigation of Internet and network architectures and procedures for preventing and addressing security vulnerabilities, threats and attacks. Prerequisite: CYBR 610.

Techniques of systems design and analysis and best practices in digital forensics. Prerequisite: CYBR 610.

Examination of information security management issues for government, corporations, and other organizations, including the planning, designing, implementing, managing, and auditing security at all levels. Cross-listed with GOV 530.

Development of business continuation and disaster recovery strategies and plans. Prerequisite: CYBR 610.

Essential principles for network security and risk management. Prepares students for relevant industry certification. Prerequisite: Must be taken as the final course in the program.

An online two-credit course designed to help acclimate students to Regent University and online learning. It will provide the knowledge, resources and essential skills needed for success at the graduate level. Topics include academic writing, online learning, information literacy, and advising and support services. It may be required for some students as a condition of admission, and may substitute for UNIV LIB Information Research and Resources and/or ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing Seminar.

In this exploding age of information, it is the objective of the library faculty to prepare graduates to be on the cutting edge of information technology. Information literacy is the ability to effectively access information for problem solving and decision-making; thus, the knowledge and abilities you glean from this course will open doors to lifelong learning. It is imperative for graduate study research. Since the information learned in this course is a vital foundation for all other coursework, its completion is required within the first semester of study. The course takes approximately ten hours to complete.

2020-21 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, June 21

Cybersecurity Admissions Criteria

When applying to one of our Master of Science programs, the admissions committee will review your application materials for an admissions decision. Criteria reviewed by the admissions committee include:

  • Academic achievement
  • Vision clarity and alignment with program outcomes
  • Background in cybersecurity, computer science or systems technology
  • Organizational leadership experience
  • Degree conferred transcript (Bachelor’s 2.5 or higher GPA)

M.S. Degree Requirements for Admission

Prerequisites:

Master’s applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a credential evaluating agency.

All application materials must be received by the deadline for the semester to which you are applying. Once you have fulfilled your application requirements, you may be contacted for an admissions interview, which is by invitation only.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

1. Complete Your Online Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

2. Provide Your Official College Transcripts

We require an official transcript indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. Regent has partnered with DocuSign to offer a secure, electronic way for your previous college transcripts to be delivered on your behalf once you have registered for your first semester.

Though not required, please note any certifications you may have in cybersecurity.

If you are an international student, or you earned college credit at non-US institutions, please submit your transcripts for a third party course-by-course evaluation. Learn more and find recommended agencies.

3. Complete Your Academic Background Questionnaire

In lieu of the previously required personal goal statement, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objective with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

4. Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

5. International Applicants

Submit your official transcripts to a third party evaluation agency for course-by-course evaluation (only the evaluation is required, do not send official international transcripts directly to Regent University). Submit English Language Proficiency requirements. Visit the International Student Admissions page for details and a list of transcript evaluation agencies.


Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
MS in Cybersecurity$6756$4,050

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
MS in Cybersecurity$6759$6,075

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
MS in Cybersecurity$6756$4,050

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
MS in Cybersecurity$6759$6,075

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

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