Friends University to offer new cyber security master’s degree

Friends University is launching a new graduate degree in cyber security that will prepare graduates to be on the front line of defense against hackers determined to do harm.

The Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCS) is a two-year graduate program for leaders who are responsible for defending the critical information infrastructure of the nation’s businesses, government and military.

“The program uses a creative, responsible and ethical approach to teach graduate students how to provide leadership for preparedness, prevention and protection against cyber vulnerabilities and cyber threats,” said Dr. David Hofmeister, dean of the Graduate School. “Students will gain proven competence in working with others, connecting unique individual strengths, leveraging independent personal experiences and applying teamwork to address potential and actual cyber threats.”

Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the state-of-the-art core curriculum standards specified by the National Security Agency (NSA) as required to align with the Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAD/CD) designation. The NSA defined these requirements in joint collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“The field of cyber security is predicted to grow much faster than average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Dr. Hofmeister said. “Graduates will be in high demand to create innovative solutions to minimize risk and maximize security in systems, networks, mobile technology and cloud computing.”

The program will be offered beginning in August and may be taken on campus, online or in a combination of the two formats. For more information about the program, please contact 316-295-5300 or

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.