12 months
1187 USD/credit 35610 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 33270 USD/year
468 USD/credit 14040 USD/year
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Somebody has to help defend the computer systems of the world, and with an MS in Cyber Security from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, that somebody could be you. Our grads go on to careers in computer forensics, information security management, or forensic accounting.


What to expect from studying this Cyber Security program

In fact, there are all sorts of fields where you can put your degree to good use. And because cyber security can take on so many forms, we've brought together faculty from departments in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Collat School of Business to create this program. As part of the core curriculum, you'll take courses and labs in networking, network security, computer security, computer forensics, cyber risk management, and information security management. 

Then, you can either focus on cyber investigations, evaluating digital evidence and learning legal rules in cybercrime investigations, or you can learn legal elements of fraud investigation in IT audit/fraud examinations. Finally, we'll help you line up an internship to get real-world experience before you finish your degree and begin your career.


  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Cyber Security lets students gain real-world experience, and many have been recruited from the center by companies like Google, eBay, and Facebook.
  • Information security analysts earned an average of $95,510 per year in 2017 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Networking
  • Networking Laboratory
  • Network Security
  • Network Security Laboratory
  • Computer Security
  • Cyber Risk Management
  • Information Security Management
  • Computer Forensics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We accept students from undergraduate programs including criminal justice, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, MIS, IT, business, and accounting, as well as other science and social science fields. Regardless of specific undergraduate preparation, you will need to have formal exposure to the core areas of computer forensics, including cybercrime and its investigation, IT auditing/forensic accounting, fundamentals of computer and Internet literacy, probability and statistics, computer programming, networking, logic, discrete mathematics/logic, and information security management.
  • If you do not meet this background requirement but meet other admission requirements, you will be admitted on a contingency basis and be required to take a series of prerequisite courses that allow you to gain the necessary background to be successful in the program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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