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Why Pursue a Master's Degree in Cyber Security

Learn how to protect data, gather and examine digital evidence, perform security risk assessments, develop secure software and protect computer networks. As part of this 33-credit-hour degree program in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business, you will develop specialized expertise in the area of cyber security.

Take advantage of the cyber security research centers and institutes housed at UTSA and contribute to cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence, cyber analytics, digital forensics, industrial control system security, Internet of Things (IoT) and more. Through a rigorous applied curriculum, you’ll gain a unique combination of technical and business knowledge to assess, manage and become a leader in the cyber security industry.

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Interested in learning more about UTSA’s Carlos Alvarez College of Business Master of Science in Cyber Security – Information Technology program? Register to attend an upcoming Information Session where you’ll have the opportunity to review application procedures, learn admissions requirements and ask questions.

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National Endorsements

UTSA has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in the areas of CAE-Education, CAE-Operations and CAE-Research and is one of only 10 institutions in the nation to achieve all three designations.

STEM Designated Degree Program

This program in the UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business is included on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s STEM Designated Degree Program list.

STEM Designated Degree Programs provide several benefits, including:

  • High career growth potential and competitive salaries
  • Development of transferrable skills such as adaptability, critical thinking, research and analysis
  • International students on an F-1 visa are eligible for up to 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Cyber Security – Information Technology (MS)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  GRE/GMAT 23-24 App: Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2023-24 academic year.
24-25 App: Not required
  English Language Proficiency 23-24 App: Scores are currently waived for this program through the 2023-24 academic year.
24-25 App: 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Cyber Security – Information Technology (MS)
Timing on Admission Decision: Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Summer 2024 March 1 April 1 April 15
Fall 2024 Not Available June 1 August 1
Spring 2025 Not Available November 1 December 1
Summer 2025 Not Available March 1 May 1

Funding Opportunities

Resources Assistantships

Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


The tuition cost and related fees indicated below will vary by semester, number of courses taken, residency status and enrollment level (full-time or part-time). The table below is based on the 2023-2024 graduate student fee schedule. For the current fee schedule, reference: utsa.edu/financialaffairs/services/fiscal-services/tuition-fees

Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024 Tuition and Fees (subject to change)

 Resident  University Tuition and Fees1, 2, 3 Business Differential Tuition ($129/credit hour) Semester Fee for Master’s Students Total
3 hours $1,772.07 $407.10 $150.00 $2,329.17
6 hours $3,101.67 $814.20 $150.00 $4,065.87
9 hours $4,473.27 $1,221.30 $150.00 $5,844.57
12 hours $5,844.87 $1,628.40 $150.00 $7,623.27
15 hours $6,977.07 $2,035.50 $150 $9,162.57

1Note: additional $75 fee for each online/hybrid course

2Additional $10 in first semester

3Does not include parking or health insurance

 

Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024 Tuition and Fees (subject to change)

 Non-Resident  University Tuition and Fees1, 2, 3, 4 Business Differential Tuition ($129/credit hour) Semester Fee for Master’s Students Total
3 hours $4,863.63 $407.10 >$150.00 $5,420.73
6 hours $9,284.79 $814.20 $150.00 $10,248.99
9 hours $13,747.95 $1,221.30 $150.00 $15,119.25
12 hours $18,211.11 $1,628.40 $150.00 $19,989.51
15 hours $22,434.87 $2,035.50 $150 $24,620.37

 1Note: additional $75 fee for each online/hybrid course

2Additional $10 in first semester

3Does not include parking or health insurance

4International students are assessed an additional $125 per semester

  • Accenture
  • Apple
  • Baptist Health System
  • Boeing
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Chevron
  • Cyber Range Solutions
  • Cyber Range Solutions
  • Dell
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Frost Bank
  • Google
  • H-E-B
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • National Security Agency
  • Rackspace
  • SWBC
  • Target
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Valero Energy Corporation
  • Computer Forensics
  • Introduction to Data Mining
  • Introduction to Voice and Data Security
  • Secure Incident Response
  • Secure Network Designs
  • Secure Software Design
  • Security and Risk Analysis

Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Cara Jones

210-458-7301

Graduate.Business@utsa.edu