New Solutions for Tomorrow’s High-Tech Careers

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s newest graduate programs respond to the growing need for technology-based jobs in information security and marketing.

MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Officially designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) institution by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FDU is a leader in preparing professionals with cyber defense expertise to secure our nation’s information systems. Its new MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (MSCSIA) equips graduates for lead roles in protecting companies, organizations and government agencies against cyber threats. 

The 30-credit graduate program offers students the specialized training needed to predict, expose and deter potential cyber threats and build more secure systems to prevent security issues. Students learn the fundamentals of operating systems, computer networks, cybersecurity, applied cryptography, and penetration testing and vulnerability analysis. Advanced courses are offered of two key focus areas — network security administration and secure software development — satisfying NSA and DHS requirements for cybersecurity-related knowledge units. As a culmination of their studies, students are encouraged to work on a special project under the supervision of a faculty advisor or gain practical work experience through an internship.

Students work in state-of-the-art laboratories, including FDU’s Computer Networking and System Administration Lab, the iLab, and the new Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics Lab. The MSCSIA program is offered through the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering in University College: Arts ? Sciences ? Professional Studies. 

Admitted students must fulfill a set of prerequisite courses (12 credits), which may be waived based on academic credentials. The MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program requires the completion of 15 credits of core requirements and 15 credits of electives. Students are urged to take three electives from one focus area. 

Prerequisite courses for the MSCSIA

Introduction to Computer Programming
Introduction to Computer Science 
Data Structures
Assembly Language 
Microprocessor System Design I 
Computer Organization

Required MSCSIA courses
Operating Systems
Computer Networks
Applied Cryptography
Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Analysis

Electives — Network Security Administration Focus
Supply Chain Security & Systems Certification
Network Security
Firewalls & Intrusion Detection Systems

Electives — Secure Software Development Focus
Software Engineering
Computer Algorithms
Secure Software Development and Analysis

Additional approved electives include Database Management System, Advanced Special Project, Information Security, Linux System Administration, and an internship.

All-Online MS in Digital Marketing

FDU’s new Online Master of Science in Digital Marketing was launched in response to a growing demand for marketing strategists with the digital and social marketing skills necessary to compete in an increasingly complex, technologically driven marketplace. 

Offered fully online through FDU’s AACSB-accredited Silberman College of Business, this program enhances skill sets in digital engagement and marketing operations and technology while providing the credentials needed for career advancement. 

In addition to offering a strong marketing core focusing on marketing strategy, consumer behavior, marketing research and marketing communications, the MS in Digital Marketing provides students with specialized skills in digital, social, email and mobile marketing. Designed for working professionals, the program’s online format offers students easy access — from anywhere at anytime — without having to travel to campus for classes. 

Digital marketing courses provide hands-on experiential learning exercises and projects aimed at equipping students with such marketable skills as search engine marketing and optimization, web analytics, accessing and using Big Data, website design, and database management.

The MS program in Digital Marketing is a 30 to 34 credit, cohort program. After completing a set of foundation courses (that may be waived based on prior academic background), students are required to complete a core curriculum in digital marketing, followed by specialized enrichment courses. The program culminates in an experiential learning module.

The required core courses include:
Marketing Strategy
Digital Marketing Strategies
Social Media Strategy
Mobile Marketing Strategies
Marketing Research
Consumer Behavior
Marketing Communications

Enrichment courses include:
Search Engine Optimization and Advertising
Email and Database Marketing
Content Marketing
Web Analytics

For more information about these and other graduate programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 201-692-2571 or email