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MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity

Cameron School of Business
MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity

Gain the expertise to lead cybersecurity initiatives across all aspects of an organization with the MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity 100% online program. Through both theory and practical applications, this comprehensive program will teach you the strategies, techniques and technology to reduce the risk of cyber attacks.


Explore the Key Benefits of the Online MBA in Cybersecurity

Understanding how to recognize, prevent and respond to potential cybersecurity threats is a key leadership skill essential to every organization around the globe. The MBA in Cybersecurity online degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington will give you the expert knowledge and insights to perform a vital role in this rapidly growing field.

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as few as 12 months**

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Corporations today recognize that data is among their most valuable assets, with cybercrime affecting not just their immediate bottom line but their reputation for years to come. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, global cybercrime costs are projected to grow 15% per year, reaching $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.

The comprehensive, AACSB-accredited master’s degree in cybersecurity program will give you a broad understanding of this critical issue and how it affects every aspect of an organization. In just 12 months, you will develop a solid grasp 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 will also deepen your knowledge in core business management areas, including business law, accounting, information analysis, business analysis, operations management, economics, marketing, strategic management and more.

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.

Designed to save you both time and money, this value-priced MBA in Cybersecurity online 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 fast 7-week courses, with no prerequisites or foundation courses required.

In this specialization, you will learn:

  • 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

*Part-time tuition rate. Full-time tuition rate may be lower. Consult with your advisor. Total tuition and fees may vary by student and are subject to change. Learn more.

**Students taking a full-time course load throughout the program can complete it in as few as 12 months. Consult with your advisor.

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Check Out Our Budget-Friendly Tuition

The MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity online degree program fits your lifestyle and your budget. Our highly affordable tuition is far less of a financial investment than many other North Carolina AACSB-accredited universities. Pay by the course for your online program. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

  Per Credit Hour Per Course Total Tuition & Fees
North Carolina Residents: $517.60 $1,552.80 $18,633.60
Non-North Carolina Residents: $1,360.71 $4,082.13 $48,985.56

*Part-time tuition rate. Full-time tuition rate may be lower. Consult with your advisor. Total tuition and fees may vary by student and are subject to change. Learn more.



Add These Dates to Your Calendar

The MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring 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
Spring 2 03/13/23 02/11/23 02/18/23 03/15/23 03/16/23
Summer 1 05/15/23 04/15/23 04/22/23 05/17/23 05/18/23
Summer 2 07/03/23 06/03/23 06/10/23 07/05/23 07/06/23
Fall 1 08/28/23 07/29/23 08/05/23 08/30/23 08/31/23
Fall 2 10/23/23 09/23/23 09/30/23 10/25/23 10/26/23

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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Follow These Easy Admission Steps

To apply for the 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.

Online Cybersecurity MBA Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of two years full time, professional work experience required for MBA programs. A minimum of 5 years full time, professional work experience is required for the MBA Executive Concentration.
  • 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, which is waived if you meet one of the following requirements:
    • 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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Preview the Cybersecurity Online Degree Curriculum

The MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity online curriculum is comprised of 12 courses (36 credit hours), including 30 credit hours of MBA core courses and six credit hours of electives.

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As a student in the MBA with a Specialization in Cybersecurity program, you must take the following core 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 must choose two of the following courses to complete your degree requirements.

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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