Master’s in Cybersecurity and Business Analytics at Anderson

A Self-Paced Online Master's in Cybersecurity and Business Analytics

A fully online 33-hour program with impressive career results, the Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Business Analytics (MSCBA) examines information security and security risks that impact business and government.

You can choose between two specialty tracks — Cybersecurity and Business Analytics. Courses are application focused, presenting case studies and examples that introduce the most widely used analytics tools and techniques.

The program is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in business, accounting, computer science or computer-related engineering, information systems, or information technology.

Top Employers of Our Graduates

Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of DefenseDepartment of EnergyRegional Computer Forensics LaboratorySandia National LaboratoriesUniversity of New Mexico


Master's in Cybersecurity and Business Analytics Specializations

This program allows you to choose between two specializations.

Cybersecurity Specialization

In the Cybersecurity specialization, you will learn:

  • Digital forensics
  • Systems and network administration
  • Advanced information system security
  • Security risk management

Business Analytics Specialization

In the Business Analytics specialization, you will learn how to:

  • Use analysis tools such as SAS, Anaconda, SQL, Python, Enterprise Miner and Sklearn
  • Mine for data
  • Conduct sentiment analysis
  • Optimize supply chains


Why Pursue a Master's in Cybersecurity and Business Analytics at Anderson School of Management?

  1. Law enforcement, national labs, financial services, Fortune 500 companies, educational and health care organizations, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments hire our graduates.
  2. Graduates are in short supply, and demand is strong: You can choose from many jobs with excellent pay and benefits.
  3. This program is perfect for students with diverse educational backgrounds, such as accounting, computer science, engineering and information technology.
  4. Higher-paying, upper-level jobs require a master's-level knowledge of the subject.
  5. Cybersecurity and business analytics/data analytics are rapidly changing fields: You'll constantly update your skills — and you'll never be bored.
  6. Graduates in cybersecurity and business analytics/data analytics make a difference: You'll manage and protect computer systems, data, networks, people and the nation.
  7. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related accounting and auditing standards have created many IA employment opportunities on the audit staff of public accounting firms and private organizations.

Master's in Cybersecurity and Business Analytics Student Snapshot*


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Average salary at graduation

*Fall 2023 entering data
Gabriel Baduqui

"Being a student at Anderson provided me with the tools I needed to succeed in my career. I would have not gained all of the skills I have if I was not surrounded by the level of talent and professionalism here. Anderson has presented many opportunities for me to grow and continues to play an important role in my career development."

Gabriel Baduqui, Class of 2019

Example Career Opportunities for Graduates

Computer and Information Systems Managers
2021 Median Pay: $159,010 per year, $76.45 per hour
Job Outlook, 2021-31: 16% (much faster than average)
Information Security Analysts
2021 Median Pay: $102,600 per year, $49.33 per hour
Job Outlook, 2018-28: 32% (much faster than average)
Database Administrators and Architects
2021 Median Pay: $101,000 per year, $48.56 per hour
Job Outlook, 2021-31: 9% (faster than average)

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2022

Analyst/Business Intelligence Analyst Job Resources

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Online MSCBA Curriculum

  • 33 credit hours
  • Courses offered in eight-week, self-paced online format
  • Program can be completed in 14 months, full time
  • Courses include data mining, text mining and sentiment analysis, digital forensics, security risk management, and advanced IS security leadership
  • 30 credit hours of business or technical prerequisites required

Required Core Group (15 hours)

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Data Analytics
  • Information Systems Security
  • Database Management Systems

Management Group (6 hours)

  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Managing People in Organizations
  • Business and Society
  • Operations Management
  • Managerial Marketing
  • Financial Decision Making

Select a Track

Cybersecurity Track (12 hours)

  • Digital Forensics
  • Systems and Network Administration
  • Advanced IS Security
  • Security Risk Management

Business Analytics Track (minimum 12 hours)

  • Analysis Tools for Managers
  • Supply Chain Models and Strategy
  • Data Mining
  • Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis

You must take six credit hours of Management Group courses. If you have earned a BBA from an AACSB-accredited school or a Bachelor of Economics within the past five years, you may substitute out of the Management Group courses and instead take an additional six credit hours of technical courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least 30 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate courses in management, accounting, information systems, computer science, computer-related engineering or any combination thereof
  • Basic programming knowledge is required and must be demonstrated on official transcripts
    • Courses at UNM that meet this requirement include MGMT 330, ECE 131L, and CS 152L

Application Requirements

Submit all required materials to ensure a complete application.

Online Application

Complete the online application. Be prepared to upload your resume, statement of intent, and official transcripts and to pay the application fee.

Personal Statement

Write an essay explaining your reasons for seeking an advanced degree in business, as well as your personal qualities and experiences that will benefit your professional colleagues in the program. Include any noteworthy achievements or additional information you wish to share with the Admission Committee.


Please submit a current resume detailing your work experience, management experience and areas of responsibility.


Submit official transcripts through BusinessCAS from all non-UNM institutions you've attended. International applicants are required to submit official transcripts in both their native language and English. Review the requirements for domestic and foreign transcripts.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2023-2H
September 15, 2023
Spring 2024-1H
December 1, 2023
Spring 2024-2H
February 15, 2024

Program Details

Start Dates
Fall 2023-2H
October 16, 2023
Spring 2024-1H
January 15, 2024
Spring 2024-2H
March 18, 2024
Flexible - 14 months if attending full-time
Course Times
2023-2024 Tuition
$805 per credit hour + student fees

*Rate changes decided by the UNM Board of Regents may be assessed for 2023-2024 Academic Year. Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.