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 Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics

Create Solutions for Our Digital World

As industries rely more and more on virtual networks, smart technologies and cloud computing to carry out their services, they also face increasing risks. Leaks, breaches, malware, phishing and other types of cyber attacks can jeopardize their growth, taint their reputation and turn off consumers. Considering these concerns, professionals well versed in both data analytics and cybersecurity techniques become a valuable asset to any organization, as their skills allow them to mine data for key insights and develop comprehensive and responsive cybersecurity solutions.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics from The University of Texas at Tyler combines these two critical areas of expertise. Gain a competitive edge in today’s job market with our unique accelerated online program.

Why Earn an MS in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics From UT Tyler?

Contribute to today's fast-paced digital economy. Whether you have a background in computer science or a very different field, you immerse yourself in the latest technological capabilities and find complex challenges rewarding. For a career in this direction, you seek to leverage data to solve business challenges, establish effective protocols to keep information safe and form part of a high-performing risk management team.

UT Tyler’s forward-thinking program positions you as a key member of any organization that deals with sensitive information. Level up your career in our rigorous and flexible program:

  • 100% Online: Take advantage of remote learning to complete your degree from any location. Our entirely online program makes it easy to adapt coursework to your schedule.
  • Accelerated: Seven-week terms make it possible to earn your degree in just one year.
  • Unique: UT Tyler’s program pioneered cybersecurity and data analytics education in Texas and is one of the first of its type in the nation. This cutting-edge approach infuses the entire program.
  • No Prerequisites: The built-in foundational sequence equips all students, regardless of experience or academic background, with the core skills to succeed.
  • Stackable Certificates: Present your technical expertise with confidence to prospective employers with built-in program certificates. Earn a minimum of three simply by fulfilling requirements and maximize your use of electives to achieve up to five.
  • Outstanding Faculty: Receive career guidance and individualized attention from our renowned faculty, who bring extensive real-world experience.
  • Affordable: Invest in your career without breaking the bank. Our tuition is among the most accessible in the state.


The MS in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics requires 36 credit hours of coursework: nine classes (27 credit hours) go toward developing a solid technical foundation in data science and information technology security, and three courses (nine credit hours) highlight applied skills in data and cybersecurity or let you explore additional related topics. The foundational core includes three certificates, and you can use the remaining electives to fulfill the requirements for two more. This hands-on curriculum strengthens your understanding of cybersecurity concepts, data tools and technologies and the intersection between the two.

The built-in foundational courses:

  • Cover database design techniques, their implementation and uses.
  • Upskill your use of computer-based data-focused tools to solve complex challenges.
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding of algorithms and machine learning.
  • Examine cryptography, network protocols and management, information systems evaluations, risk-reduction strategies and disaster recovery.
  • Train students to convert data into meaningful insights through textual analysis, Python language and business intelligence technologies.

Certificates signal to employers that you are proficient in the following:

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Careers in Cybersecurity and Data Analytics

All industries look for professionals with advanced knowledge of data analytics and cybersecurity to assess trends, behavior and growth opportunities, reduce and respond to cyberattacks, secure sensitive information through data-driven tools and develop organization-level cybersecurity policies. This combined focus gives you a competitive edge over other professionals who may be proficient in only one of these areas.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects cybersecurity and data analytics roles to grow by 35% and 36%, respectively, over the next decade, making them some of the fastest-rising occupations around the country.

Possible job titles include:

  • Cybersecurity Data Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Data Scientist in Cybersecurity
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Security Information Analyst

How to Apply

  1. A satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal, analytical and quantitative) of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  3. A satisfactory grade point average (GPA) on all prior advanced-level (junior, senior and graduate) work taken.
  4. A demonstrated proficiency in the use of the English language.

The university also gives consideration to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to their chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first-generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence and level of responsibility in other matters, including extracurricular activities, employment, community service and family responsibilities.


There are no prerequisites for the MS Cybersecurity and Data Analytics program.

  • Click the orange Apply Now button on the Graduate School home page.
  • Click “Create Account.”
  • After filling out your profile and creating a username/password, log in.
  • Click “Start Application.”
  • Those seeking an F or J visa should choose “International;” all others, select “U.S. Graduate.”
  • Answer all questions.
  • Submit the application fee to complete the application.

You should receive an email from Graduate Admissions once your application is processed, which typically occurs on the next business day. This email explains each document required in order to complete the application.

You can check the status of submitted admission materials in your myUTTyler account. (Login information for this account is emailed to applicants about two business days after the application is submitted.) Once all your items are received, the university forwards files to the academic department for review and for graduate admission decisions.

A student may transfer a maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit in which a grade of “B” or better has been earned from approved institutions. Transfer credit must be an almost exact match to an existing course in the program. Transfer credit is subject to the approval of the student’s advisor and program coordinator.
UT Tyler offers rolling admissions for the online MS in cybersecurity and data analytics programs. Review all Graduate School deadlines.

Next Steps

The next phase of your career starts here. Discover where a Master of Science in cybersecurity and data analytics degree from UT Tyler can take you.