Master of Cybersecurity
Master of Cybersecurity
Master of Cybersecurity

Earn your Master of Cybersecurity online

The University of Sydney’s Master of Cybersecurity (Online) is designed for experienced professionals who want to discover emerging technologies in cybersecurity and lead initiatives at the organisational level.

As you study toward earning your Master of Cybersecurity online, you will learn from leading researchers in the field and join a university that is ranked equal 19th in the world.1

About our online cybersecurity course

Cybersecurity is a fast-growing field that is projected to nearly triple in size over the next decade.2

The online Master of Cybersecurity reflects the latest in cybersecurity research – and it will challenge you to go beyond technical mastery. You will assess current and potential cybersecurity threats; focus on the future of privacy and security regulations; and hone your ability to effectively communicate findings to key stakeholders within any organisation.

Upon completing this course, you’ll become a cybersecurity leader who has the latest industry knowledge needed to create products and solutions, influence policy, and manage teams through strategy and collaboration.

You can complete the course in as little as 18 months full time or 36 months part time.

Online curriculum

The online Master of Cybersecurity is a 72-credit point course. The curriculum covers every major area of cybersecurity, and incorporates IT professionalism units to help you become an expert and a leader in this industry.

Units of study include topics such as cybersecurity engineering, information security management, machine learning and data privacy. You can also choose one of the following specialisations as part of this degree:

  • Cryptography and blockchains: Design and implement cryptographic systems in cloud, blockchain and general information technology.
  • Data and information security: Collect, process, and manage data in both regulatory and technical perspectives.
  • Cloud security: Design, deploy and maintain highly secure cloud infrastructure.

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma available

The University of Sydney also offers a Graduate Certificate (24 credit points) and a Graduate Diploma (48 credit points) in Cybersecurity for students who want to explore the field without the full degree or who do not have the necessary background for this degree.

The online learning environment

The online Master of Cybersecurity translates seamlessly to an online setting with interactive classes, challenging coursework and collaborative group exercises. Lecturers will lead you through discussion-based tutorials on how to design, develop, assess, and maintain cybersecurity products and solutions.

You’ll have access to:

dedicated technical support and student services teams

1:1 guidance from expert academics

exclusive on-campus resources and events

a powerful network of aspiring and experienced cybersecurity leaders

You will also complete a capstone project to apply your learnings to a problem in your current workplace or to further explore a research topic.

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Admissions requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must:

  • have a three-year Australian bachelor’s degree in a cognate discipline with a minimum credit average (65 percent), or
  • hold a University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity with a minimum credit average (65 percent), or a qualification deemed to be equivalent; or
  • have completed 24 credit points of the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity or Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity with a minimum credit average (65 percent). (The 24 credit points must include 12 credit points of Cybersecurity Core units and 12 credit points of Cybersecurity specialist elective units.) And
  • have earned a major or minor in information technologies (IT) or computer science, or equivalent in volume of learning as determined by the program directors is required for this discipline.

The final application deadline for the upcoming September 2024 cohort is 26 July 2024.

To learn more about admissions requirements, please visit our admissions page.

Career pathways

Cybersecurity is here to stay. Digital attacks continue to threaten the safety of data, networks and computer systems. This means specialised and up-to-date skills will always be in high demand, and they can be utilised in a diverse range of professional roles.

Some career pathways you will be able to explore include:

  • Application security engineer
  • Chief information security officer
  • Cloud security engineer
  • Computer forensics analyst
  • Cryptographic engineer
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Data privacy specialist
  • Information security analyst
  • Security consultant
  • Security software developer
  • Security systems analyst
  • Systems designer

Earn your online Master Degree in Cybersecurity from The University of Sydney

If you’re ready to drive policy and solutions for a more secure world, apply to our online Master of Cybersecurity.

Lead the next wave
of cybersecurity innovation.

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