The cybersecurity concentration of the online Master of Arts in global security provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex nature of digital threats and how to address them from a domestic and international perspective, allowing students to learn from expert faculty who are scholars, practitioners and thought leaders.

Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year
Courses are offered 100% online
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Become a global cybersecurity leader

This online cybersecurity concentration is embedded within the MA in Global Security. The program is practical, non-technical and designed to train students from diverse backgrounds prepare for a rapidly changing cyber environment. Students learn to understand complex domestic and global cybersecurity threats, opportunities, risks and policies. The concentration does not require prior cyber experience and develops students’ critical thinking through case studies, policy exercises and practice-oriented studies designed to encourage and enable career advancement.

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The cybersecurity concentration is led by Peter Singer, bestselling author and one of the nation’s leading experts on cybersecurity policy and retired US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle, who helped launch US Cyber Command. Courses are taught by a variety of professional faculty and include specific units created by former members of the National Security Council, top terrorism experts, technology leaders and others.

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Cybersecurity careers for non-technical professionals

This program is oriented toward students seeking to build skills and awareness of how cybersecurity and cyber threats fit into the overall global and national security landscape.

The cybersecurity job is market growing as every agency, industry and domestic and international actor faces at least some form of cyber threat, just as a globally connected world presents multiple new opportunities. The cybersecurity concentration is a non-technical degree that assists students from a variety of professional backgrounds gain key skills and knowledge to succeed in careers in the government, military, humanitarian assistance, private industry including work as an analyst, manager or director.


Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution as required by the ASU Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation (students may choose to submit more than one letter)

No GRE is required.

Foreign students should provide proof of English proficiency.

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