CAE-CD Program of Study Validation

DU MS in Cybersecurity approved as a National Security Agency validated program of study


The NSA (National Science Agency) evaluates and accredits institutions providing Cyber Security degrees and curricula. This is a rigorous and prestigious validation performed by security experts and other members of other educational institutions. The MS in Cybersecurity program at DU has recently been re-evaluated and approved as meeting the standards of the NSA for cybersecurity education.

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The NSA approval means that our institution’s curriculum meets the standards put forth by the NSA and DoD in formulating effective Cybersecurity education. Specifically, this means that the coursework of the Cybersecurity MS program at DU aligns with and meets criteria related to knowledge units developed as part of the US government’s focus areas. These knowledge units are derived from or mapped to components of the NICE framework.

More information can be found at the official NSA academic site here.

Current and Prospective Students

If you are a current student in our Cyber program, or perhaps considering leveling up by exploring a degree in cybersecurity, what does this mean for you? It means that you can be confident that our program meets or exceeds rigorous standards developed by the United States top security agency and Department of Defense for educating cyber warriors.

It does not mean we have the same curriculum as other schools with cybersecurity degrees! There is no one set curriculum that meets these standards, rather a broad set of cybersecurity topics with specific knowledge units. In order to be validated, the program needs to cover multiple disparate topics from this broad set, so that the program as a whole is well-rounded, and teaching important concepts that the cybersecurity pros of tomorrow need to know.

The department of Computer Science and the University of Denver are proud to have this accreditation from the NSA!


If you’re already a student at DU, join the DUCC (DU Cyber Club) slack channel for updates CS@DU Slack. You’ll have to join our CS@DU slack workspace first, then join the DUCC channel. Email us if you have any issues!

If you’re not already a student at DU, but are interested in learning more, Email us about the courses and programs at the University of Denver, browse this site, or check out the University of Denver Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science main site for more info!

Nathan S. Evans
Nathan S. Evans
Teaching Associate Professor, Academic Director for Cyber Security, University of Denver

Research includes networking, network security, software security and systems.