Cyber Security Minor

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Gain the Skills to Prevent, Protect and Respond to Cybersecurity Demands

The protection of the information and systems businesses and individuals rely on is a unique and growing challenge. The Cyber Security minor integrates the fields of technology, security and management to empower engineers, technology or business professionals with the knowledge to adapt and lead in this emerging field.

Develop In-Depth Understanding

The Cyber Security minor provides graduate students with the skills to assume a leadership role in cyber security or continue their field of study with a focus on cyber security. Each course gives students an opportunity to practice communications, teamwork and project management skills as applied in the context of cyber security.

Be a Leader in Cyber Security

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The career opportunities for cybersecurity leaders, experts and engineers are growing:

  • The number of cybersecurity job postings has grown 94% since 2013, compared to only 30% for IT positions overall.
  • More than 20 new disciplines have been created, ranging from specialized technical engineers to new cyber risk management positions.
  • Many of these roles did not exist even three or four years ago, and there is a need for more trained professionals to step into these roles.

Course Requirements and Electives

Two courses are required for the minor. These courses may also be taken by students who do not plan to complete a full minor. In addition, students have several elective courses to select from to complete the minor. Course details can be found in the menu below.





Note: To earn a graduate minor, students must be enrolled in a University of Minnesota master’s degree program. Some courses are open to non-degree seeking students.


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