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Cyber Security, Food Protection, Terror Threats

Threat Expert

Few fields are growing faster or jobs more essential than ensuring the safety of our communities. Now more than ever, the world needs leaders trained to keep our communities safe in all 16 sectors of critical infrastructures, including cyber, physical and virtual security systems. The Technological Leadership Institute uses a holistic approach to train the next generation of security leaders with the critical skills and foresight needed to address real-world challenges as they arise through the Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST) degree program.

MSST is specifically designed to teach security professionals to understand and design resilient systems in order to identify and mitigate issues related to inter-dependencies in critical infrastructure. This program provides students the skills and perspectives to identify weaknesses in response planning and to take actions that ensure an organization is ready and able to effectively cope with issues like cyber incidents and pandemics.

Investing in risk management and security mitigation requires an understanding of the whole system, not just the technical parts. MSST applies business leadership understanding to security challenges that can ensure appropriate investments are made to secure an organization's future.

Strategic Leader

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The MSST degree program is designed to prepare engineers, scientists and other professionals to meet the rapidly growing needs of the security industry.

Qualified applicants will fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Typically have three to five years of relevant work experience
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Demonstrated leadership potential

In just 16 months, the MSST degree program will give you the opportunity to confront and solve real-world challenges as you secure tomorrow’s critical infrastructure systems. Few degree programs are geared toward making our world a safer place, and the demand for professionals to fill security-related roles is at an all-time high.

Scholarships are available. Learn about requirements and deadlines.






MSST graduates have advanced their careers by using essential skills and knowledge gained through the program.
READ MORE about how our students and alumni are driven to lead the growing security technologies industry.

Expert Faculty

Mike Johnson is the director of graduate studies for the Master of Science in Security Technologies degree program. Mike brings 25 years of experience to TLI, formerly serving as CISO and Operations Risk Director at Bremer Bank. The MSST faculty roster includes many nationally renowned security experts, like Dr. Amy Kircher who leads the food safety component of the degree program. Watch the video to learn how Dr. Kircher's work is aiding the effort to protect America's food supply.

Security Asset

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Whether you are a recent graduate seeking a technical career or a seasoned professional looking to gain additional expertise, the MSST degree program will provide you with the necessary skills to move forward professionally:

  • Work full time while completing your degree
  • Cohort-based model with 30 students
  • Class is scheduled 2-3 times a week in the evenings
  • Complete the program in four semesters

View a complete list of degree courses by viewing the MSST Curriculum. TLI also offers graduate minors in security technologies, and cyber security, with some of the minor courses open to non-degree seeking students.

Attend an Information Session

MSST info sessions are led by Mike Johnson, who is the director of graduate studies for the degree program and holds the Honeywell/James J. Renier Chair in Security Technologies. Meet him and other MSST faculty members and TLI admissions staff by attending an information session