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Executive MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity Online

Cameron School of Business
Executive MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity Online

Lead the charge to identify, assess and mitigate cybersecurity threats and implement effective protection policies with the Executive Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Cybersecurity online program from UNCW. Enhance your online coursework with dynamic residencies on campus and abroad.


Examine the Benefits of the Executive MBA in Cybersecurity Program at UNCW

Learn how to protect your organization from cybersecurity threats with the essential in-demand knowledge and strategies provided by the Executive MBA in Cybersecurity online degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Designed for those who want both the convenience of online learning and the benefits of in-person collaboration, this immersive program includes both on-campus and international components.

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According to a 2020 report by Cybersecurity Ventures, global cybercrime costs are projected to grow 15 percent per year, reaching $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. Adding to many companies’ vulnerability is a lack of executive-level leadership with the knowledge and expertise to direct cybersecurity initiatives across all company functions.

In this comprehensive, AACSB-accredited Executive MBA program, you will develop a solid understanding of the fundamentals of cybersecurity, including security analytics, governance issues and risk management. Learn how to use data analytics and incident response to enact strategic company-wide policies that mitigate both domestic and international threats. Ensure that your corporate data remains confidential, protected and uncorrupted, yet is available to those whose jobs require access.

You also will participate in a one-week international residency at one of several locations in Europe or Asia, enabling you to consult with actual foreign clients and present recommendations for addressing potential changes on a global scale. This Cybersecurity Executive Master of Business Administration online program places you in small, interactive cohorts of experienced peers – building relationships that extend beyond graduation. Become empowered to share your knowledge and insight alongside your fellow students.

UNCW Cameron School of Business
AACSB Accredited

UNCW's Cameron School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

The Cameron School of Business features full-time professors with terminal degrees and practical management experience in the private sector. Learn from the same distinguished faculty members who teach in the on-campus program.

This high-value business master’s degree in cybersecurity program requires far less financial investment than MBA programs at other AACSB-accredited business schools in North Carolina, while providing diverse options for customizing your degree to align with your career goals and interests. Benefit from accelerated 7-week courses, with no prerequisites or foundation courses required.

In this specialization, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of information security topics, including data analytics, risk management, incident response and compliance/regulatory issues
  • Develop skills needed to create, implement and communicate cybersecurity plans and information security policies across departments within an organization
  • Understand the domestic and international challenges facing organizations, and learn how to integrate strategies within existing business structures and systems for successful outcomes
  • Develop your core management skills with a specific look at problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, team building and leadership

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Find Out How and When to Pay Your Tuition

The Executive MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity online program is a great value and more affordable than many other North Carolina AACSB-accredited universities. You’ll benefit from pay-by-the-course tuition for our online programs. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

  Per Credit Hour Fees Per Credit Hour Per Course Fees Per Course Executive MBA Fee Total Tuition & Fees
North Carolina Residents: $503.15 $25.70 $1,509.45 $77.10 $3,825 $24,957.30
Non-North Carolina Residents: $1,271.43 $25.70 $3,814.29 $77.10 $3,825 $57,255.06

Total tuition and fees may vary by student and are subject to change. Learn more.

Students will be required to pay their own airfare for the International Residency.

NOTE: For Distance Education/Extension courses that require proctored exams, there may be additional fees for the verification of student identity. Students may also be required to find an independent testing facility for these exams. Contact the course instructor for more information.



Remember These Key Application Deadlines

The Executive MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity program is designed to offer working professionals the flexibility of online learning paired with value-added on-campus and international residencies. We conveniently offer rolling admission and six start dates each year. Choose the start date that best suits your goals.

Term Classes Begin Application Deadline Document
Registration Deadline Payment Due Withdrawal Deadline Course End Date
Fall 1 2021 08/23/21 07/24/21 07/31/21 08/25/21 08/26/21 09/07/21 10/10/21
Fall 2 2021 10/18/21 09/18/21 09/25/21 10/20/21 10/21/21 11/02/21 12/05/21
Spring 1 2022 1/17/22 12/11/21 12/28/21 1/19/22 1/20/22 2/1/22 3/6/22
Spring 2 2022 3/14/22 2/12/22 2/19/22 3/16/22 3/17/22 3/29/22 5/1/22
Summer 1 2022 5/16/22 4/16/22 4/23/22 5/18/22 5/19/22 5/31/22 7/3/22
Summer 2 2022 7/4/22 6/4/22 6/11/22 7/6/22 7/7/22 7/19/22 8/21/22

Students must register for courses by 5 p.m. (EST) on the registration deadline date.
Students must remit tuition payment by 10 a.m. (EST) on the tuition deadline date.

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Gather These Admission Items for the Online Executive MBA in Cybersecurity Program

To apply for the Executive MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity online, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent at a foreign institution by the first official day of classes for the semester of application. Because UNCW considers applications on a rolling basis, you are urged to apply promptly for your preferred start date.

MBA Online Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of two years of professional work experience
  • Resume and cover letter (statement of interest) indicating how your background has prepared you for the MBA program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in undergraduate work. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must demonstrate professional experience/advancement that shows progression since graduation and indicates how they will contribute to the program
  • A GMAT score above 500 or an equivalent GRE, which is waived if you have:
    • Five or more years of managerial work experience
    • An undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
    • Completed an advanced degree (graduate level or above) involving some quantitative coursework

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities are required.

Electronic Method (Preferred):
Password protected transcripts may be sent directly from the institution to [email protected]

Paper Method – Official Transcripts (Envelope Sealed by the Institution):
UNCW Graduate School
Attn: Kimberly Goerne Harris
601 South College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

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Explore What You’ll Learn in the Online Executive MBA in Cybersecurity Courses

The Executive MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity online curriculum is comprised of 14 courses (42 credit hours), including 30 credit hours of EMBA core courses, six credit hours of required residencies, and six credit hours of electives.

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As a student in the general MBA program, you must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the constitutional, legislative, judicial, regulatory, and public policy forces exerted on the business environment. Particular focus on contracts, torts, and property law.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive course in principles and theory of financial and managerial accounting, with an emphasis on financial analysis and managerial decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce major information technology (IT) concepts and important issues that business managers face when using, developing and managing information systems (IS). Strategic and tactical issues of information systems and technology are addressed as they support and lead the operations of the organization.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to data driven decision making using descriptive, predictive and prescriptive Business Analytics approaches. Topics included are data visualization, predictive techniques, data mining, simulation, optimization models, and decision analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

Survey of the basic concepts, theories, and techniques for the management of operating systems. Development of concepts and decision processes critical to short-run and long range organizational decision making. Topics include product and process design, operations planning, project management, inventory management, capacity planning, quality and scheduling.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers principles of micro and macroeconomics. The initial focus is on an analysis of decision making processes and economic equilibrium for consumers and individual firms. Also covered is basic data and measurements used in describing the macro economy.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

A broad survey of finance concerned with the money-management decisions of the individual and the firm. Study includes the tools and terms that the corporate and individual financial manager employs as he or she conducts his or her financial affairs. Value-creation for the firm, the use of financial statements, the importance of cash flows, the measurement of risk, investment decision-making, the use of the securities and derivatives markets, asset-pricing models, estimating value of income-producing assets and international financial issues will be reviewed. These topics and the foundation we build in this course will be supplemented with regular reference to contemporary issues in finance.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the principles of marketing and basic marketing methods and tools needed to make effective marketing decisions. Lectures and projects regarding new product development, customer relationship management, and other key marketing concepts will expose students to marketing principles and require them to formulate marketing tactics and strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

Course focus will be on the challenges confronting firms competing domestically and internationally with an emphasis placed on the integration of strategies with the structures and systems needed for successful implementation.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

This course surveys management theories, research, and concepts about the structure and processes of complex business organizations. Emphasis on the development and assessment of core management skills. Topics include self-awareness, problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, motivation, team building, human resource management, and leadership.

You will complete the following residency courses.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

Requires campus attendance for two (2) weekends. This course is designed to provide an opportunity to promote and develop the soft skills that are essential for managers, but are difficult to develop in an online environment. The purpose of this class is to help bridge the knowing doing gap that occurs when students have strong content knowledge but limited experience in applying that knowledge to real world situations. Learning activities in this class may include role plays, team-building exercises, real world cases and other applied learning activities that can occur in an immersive learning environment.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

Requires 1-week trip abroad. This course is the capstone of curricular requirements for the Executive MBA program. The main purpose of the course is to help students integrate the business concepts learned in functional core courses in an international setting. Specifically, students will have an intensive one week learning experience that involves company visits, presentations from business executives and case studies.

As a student in the Executive MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity program, you must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a rapid and intensive overview of foundational cybersecurity topics and concepts as well as the use of data analytics addressing information security issues and incident response. The course will provide students with familiarization and basic, high-level understanding of the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity; provide students with the basic security design principles that are needed to create systems that are worthy of being trusted; and provide students with familiarization and basic, high-level understanding of the components in an IT system and the roles of those components in system operation. The course will have an emphasis on network security using basic network analysis tools and sophisticated security analytics tools

Duration: 7 weeks  :   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with a framework of what is needed to design, develop and manage an effective cybersecurity program. The course focuses on the cybersecurity policies and planning required for organizations. Students will discuss strategic organizational planning for a cybersecurity program and its relationships with organization-wide and IT strategic planning. Students will gain the experience and knowledge necessary to execute cybersecurity plans, develop cybersecurity leadership skills, create information security policies, and communicate cybersecurity policies and programs across departments.  This course aligns with the specific outcomes and topics required to satisfy the following knowledge units (KUs): Cybersecurity planning and Management (CPM) and parts of the Security Program Management (SPM) and Policy, Legal, Ethics, and Compliance (PLE) from the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) program. It also covers some of the topics from the GIAC strategic planning, policy and leadership certification (GSTRT) and the NICE Framework Oversight & Development: Security Program Management.  It also draws on outcomes from an additional KU (Security Risk Analysis) related to key managerial aspects of cybersecurity.


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