Rider University launching master’s in cybersecurity

Rider University, which launched a bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity in 2019, has taken the next logical step, offering an online master’s in cybersecurity.

The new degree program, which will begin in January, will require 36 credits and feature cybersecurity and cyberforensics courses, among other offerings. Courses will offered in a six-week, totally online format, the Lawrenceville-based university said.

“Our interdisciplinary master’s program in cybersecurity will provide students with the needed skills to immediately begin a lucrative, rewarding career,” Elizabeth Hawthorne, an adjunct assistant professor of computer science/cybersecurity, said in a prepared statement. “Cybersecurity professionals are needed in all industries and play a critical role in protecting organizations from cyberthreats and -attacks.”

Eligible Rider students can also choose a 4+1 bachelor’s and master’s degree option, taking an accelerated program and achieving both degrees in five years.

Hawthorne brings 25 years of experience in the computer science and cybersecurity fields to the program, the school said.

Applications are continually accepted on a rolling basis, Rider said. For more information, click here or contact Hawthorne at ehawthorne@rider.edu.