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Master's of IT & Cybersecurity

Master's Program

The IT & Cybersecurity Program offers a Masters Degree program. The program is ideal for IT&C professionals and those who have recently completed a technical undergraduate degree who are anxious to delve deep into a specific area of IT&C. Recent graduates often qualify for new positions making 20k more per year or go on to PhD programs at top Universities.

Master's students work closely with a faculty advisor and committee members to complete a thesis, which is based on original research. In all, students must take 30 credit hours including 6 thesis hours, a research methods class, a writing class, and other upper-level courses (500 or 600 level). Students often fill some elective credits with appropriate technical and leadership graduate courses from across campus in departments such as Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, and Instructional Psychology & Technology.

The program is highly flexible and IT&C graduate courses are offered in the daytime and evening. A GPA above a 3.0, above average GRE scores, and an appropriate technical background are required for admission. Students who completed their undergraduate in IT&C or ECEN are not required to take the GRE. Significant scholarship funds are available for graduate student tuition, as well as travel funds to present research. Interested students are encouraged to speak with an IT&C faculty member in their area of expertise or the Graduate Coordinator.

Barry Lunt

Adviser: Barry Lunt

Those qualifying for this specialization prepare for Information Technology and Cybersecurity leadership positions in an organization of their choice. The curriculum addresses the many applications and developments of IT&C, focusing on those in science, engineering, and technology. The MS degree is awarded to students who have mastered a professional level of education in core and related areas of information technologies and/or cybersecurity.

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Graduate Student Spotlights

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Whitney Maxwell

“My success in the Cyber Security field is directly related to my classes in IT program at BYU and the opportunity to work in the Cyber Security Research Lab.”

As a BYU undergraduate in IT, Whitney was one of the founding members of the Cyber Security Research Lab and acted as Lead during the first security assessments of both BYU Broadcasting and LDS Tech. As an undergraduate she interned at both MITRE and Microsoft where she continued her work as an ethical hacker for Office365. Currently, Whitney is a Security Consultant for Rapid7.

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Dario Gonzalez

"I started this program looking to improve my skills and to move to the next level in my professional career. What I found at BYU master program was expressional professors, great class-mates willing to help me to overcome my challenges and an excellent environment and program which motivated me to walk the extra mile. It has been an excellent investment of my time and money, and I already am seeing the benefits of my efforts."