How many credit hours are required to complete the program?

Students must complete 36 hours of coursework.

Where should students send their physical transcripts?

Students should send physical transcripts and any other paper-based admissions materials to:

Valparaiso University
Office of the Graduate School
Kretzmann Hall
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493

See our Admissions page for more information.

Will Valparaiso University review my transcripts and experience to tell me whether or not I’ll need to complete any prerequisites?

Yes, we’ll work with each student before they apply to determine—based on transcripts and professional experience—exactly which courses (if any) they’ll need to complete prior to starting the core requirements.

Where can any necessary bridge or prerequisite courses be taken?

Prerequisites for the program draw from general, widely offered curriculum, and can be completed through a number of institutions, including Valpo. Students should be sure to discuss their course of choice with their Admissions Specialist to make sure their work is completely applicable.

How quickly can the program be completed?

Students can complete the program in 12-18 months if attending full-time and about 2-3 years if completing the program part-time.

How much time should I expect to devote to the program each week?

This varies with each student and each course, but students should expect regular assignments, readings, and programming with regular deadlines equivalent to any other advanced, graduate-level course of study. Some of the assignments will also require group work, so it’s highly advised that students log in to the online learning system once daily to check in.

How can I apply the online Master of Science in Cyber Security to my career?

The online M.S. in Cyber Security is designed to be highly applicable. The skills learned can help both experienced security professionals and those with related experience seek advancement in the field. Student learn both the technical aspects of cyber security and the communication skills required to mesh seamlessly in a professional environment. Students can also participate in a preparatory course focusing on the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, which is a valuable credential to those in the cyber security or IT field. A one credit Professional Development course is also offered to help students plan to re-enter the job market, build networking skills, and prepare for job advancement.

Is the program entirely flexible on scheduling? Are there any scheduled lectures or events?

Some courses will require scheduled live chat rooms, but these will typically take place during the evening or weekend.

How quickly can students expect faculty members to reply to questions?

Within 48 hours.

How many classes can students take at a time?

For full-time students, we recommend 9 credits per term, with 9 credits taken during the summer sessions, as well. However, students may take up to 12 credits during each of the fall, spring, and summer terms, if they are academically eligible to do so.

For part-time students, we recommend 3-6 credits per term, with 6 credits taken during the summer (depending on the student’s work schedule).

Can students take a break from the program if they need to?

Students can take a break from the program, if necessary, but this must be approved in advance by the Graduate School and the student’s advisor.

Can I work full-time and still pursue the program?

Yes, several graduates of the program have completed it while working full-time.

Does Valparaiso University offer career placement services?

Yes, online students have access to the Valparaiso University Career Center. Included in this is the ability to: complete online mock interviews, complete online personality and skills assessment, apply for jobs & internships, and more.

What Technical Support does Valparaiso provide to its online students?

Valparaiso has an IT Help Desk for technical support related to taking online courses. The IT Help Desk can be reached by phone at 219.464.5678 and by email at

Does Valparaiso have an online library that students can access?

The Valparaiso University library, called the Christopher Center for Library Resources, is accessible online:

In addition to an advanced degree in cyber security, does the program provide any other credentials?

Students in the program can also take a preparatory course for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, another valuable credential to those in the cyber security or IT fields.