Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security)






Program Duration


Credit Hours              

Cost Per Credit Hour

4 Semesters (On Average)

Abu Dhabi & Dubai


AED 3,200

Organizations in industry and governments globally are susceptible to a wide range of cyber-attacks that are becoming increasingly more elaborated and malicious. Organizations are struggling to address the challenges of cyber security.

The Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security) program focuses on the development of concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable successful participants to become proficient in the areas of network/internet security, database security, digital forensics, ethical hacking, information security management and cyber criminal behavior.

Graduate Student Reflections


I enrolled at Zayed University to continue my higher educational studies. I chose Zayed University as it is highly recognized in the region for academic excellence and a balanced theoretical and practical learning environment.  Selecting the Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security) program provided me with an understanding of the major current cyber security concerns and a glimpse into the security concerns of the future around the emerging technologies of artificial intelligence and block-chain technologies.

The rigorous curriculum was comprehensive, relevant and covered the fundamental skills required by managers to address the cyber security concerns within public and private sector organizations. On a personal level, I gained the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to enable me to address critical issues in the field of cyber security in my workplace. The flexible program delivery structure allowed me to balance the demands of work, study and home life.

Faculty teaching in this program were very supportive, showed genuine desire to help students to meet their individual educational needs and professional goals. With their strong individual mentoring and continuous encouragement, my group and I were able to publish a paper in a conference whose proceedings were published by  the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE),  the world's largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.  That experience was a once in a lifetime success story that I will cherish and be able to tell colleagues, family and friends for a long time.  It made me feel so proud.

Zayed University offers students great opportunities to learn beyond the classroom through participating and presenting at various local conferences and exhibitions.  Examples of these are the Graduate Students Research Conference UAE (GSRC), International Exhibition of National Security and Resilience (INSR), Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) and Tawdheef. Some students who collaborated with faculty have even been able to present their papers at overseas conferences.

The Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security) program has been a fulfilling experience from the initial application to the program all the way to graduation and now into my career. Looking back, when I decided to join the program, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I highly recommend Zayed University and this master’s degree program to any person considering furthering their knowledge and developing their skills in the field of cyber security.


Nawwaf Mohamed Yousef Mohamed AlHarmi
Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security) Graduate


I chose to study at Zayed University given the institution is one of the foremost and longest established centers for senior management education in the UAE. Since its inception in 1998, the university continues to build on its reputation for academic excellence. I was honored to be admitted to the internationally accredited Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security) program given its recognition as a world-class qualification. The reputation of this program has been generated from the ongoing excellence of teaching at a graduate level together with research undertaken by a mix of dedicated international faculty. One of the program highlights was having the privilege of conducting research with faculty resulting in a research paper being published internationally.

Khulood Ahmed Abdulqader Ahmed AlMessabi
Master of Science in Information Technology (Cyber Security) Graduate with Highest Distinction

Professional Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program graduates can find employment as information security experts in a variety of upper-level positions in organizations such as information security management, cyber security specialist, network/internet security specialist, digital forensic analyst and information security analyst. Additional employment opportunities include areas of secure web-based e-services, financial institutions, information security audit/consultancy firms and government organizations where national security needs are a priority.

Program Learning Outcomes

Cyber Security Fundamentals

Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills and competencies appropriate to security assessment, computer system security, and digital forensics within organizational contexts.

Cyber Security Investigation & Analysis

Conduct investigation, analysis and research into advanced areas of computer systems security and digital forensics within complex organizational contexts.

Cyber Security Management

Manage network and computer security systems within an organization to anticipate and respond to threats and attacks.

Cyber Security Professional Practice

Critically analyze global, ethical, legal, standardization and other non-technical issues pertaining to computer systems security and implement solutions to address them.

Cyber Security Applications

Initiate and explain cyber security policies, procedures, and technical solutions in an organizational context.

Cyber Security Systems and Practice

Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills required to create, design and manage computer system security and digital forensics solutions within an organization using various methods and technologies.


Orientation Seminar

At the beginning of the program, students take an intensive one-day orientation. The orientation offers several workshops to introduce students to the University and its resources, the program and communication and virtual classroom software such as BlackBoard Learn and Collaborate, MS Outlook, Extranet, and Bannerweb.

The curriculum is designed to combine a rich theoretical foundation with a strong laboratory component to provide students with lifelong learning capabilities and marketable skills for today’s job market. The computer laboratory facilities supporting many of the courses consist of the state-of-the-art equipment, combining the best of breed in hardware and software platforms. The aim is to give students a first-hand experience with many of the tools in demand today.

Students have the option to choose between a thesis and a non-thesis study track. In both tracks, students complete a set of security courses.

In the thesis study track, students work on a research topic throughout two courses. Students choosing the thesis study track will gain essential research skills to support their academic careers.

In the non-thesis study track, the two research courses are replaced with two courses focusing on the technical and management aspects of security. Students choosing the non-thesis study track will enrich their cyber security skills from the technical and management perspectives.

Year One

SEC501 Research Methods for Cybersecurity
SEC505 Information Security
SEC510 Information Security, Policy, Ethics and Law
SEC530 Cyber Forensics
SEC515 Network and Internet Security

Year Two

SEC538 Small Scale Digital Device Forensics
SEC575 Cyber Criminal Behavior
SEC520 Information Security Management


Thesis Study Track

Non-Thesis Study Track

SEC600 Thesis
SEC600 Thesis
SEC540 Database and Enterprise Application Security
SEC545 Penetration Testing and Advanced Hacking Techniques
Program Delivery

Program Duration

The program is delivered in English over 4 semesters at Zayed University located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Course Delivery Format

Courses are delivered in a full, 16-week semester.  Classes are generally scheduled on weeknights – Sundays through Wednesdays – starting at 6:00 PM.  Each course meets once each week.

For more information on the admission deadline, start date and location for delivery of the program, please visit the Key Dates section of the website.


Courses in the graduate program are taught by select professors from the College of Technological Innovation who are experts in their fields and possess diverse international research experience.

Program Cost

AED 96,000 (including text books and course materials)

For more information on the program cost, payment procedure and financial support, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of the website.


Students must complete all required courses in the approved program curriculum and achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.


College of Technological Innovation

Zayed University

Abu Dhabi & Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971-2-599-3605



Program Recognition

  • Ministry of Education

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Program Admission Requirements

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