Master of Arts in Management With an Emphasis in Cybersecurity (MAM-CYBER)


About this program

The online Master of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Cybersecurity program at Seattle Pacific University provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel as a professional in the cybersecurity field.

The MAM-CYBER program enhances your past academic work and professional experience, preparing you to become more effective in current responsibilities or to open opportunities for new responsibilities. It is intended primarily for early-career working professionals who recognize the need to develop and expand knowledge and expertise in security.

Seattle Pacific’s School of Business, Government, and Economics is committed to providing you with an applied, experiential, and collaborative learning environment in which business and Christian faith, ethics, and character are integrated. The objectives of the program are to develop your abilities to do the following:

  • Provide values-based leadership to the cybersecurity efforts of organizations.
  • Evaluate the effects of cybersecurity on organizations and personnel, with the specific aim of providing meaningful and creative work; respecting the dignity of persons; and acting with justice and integrity in relationships.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of cybersecurity issues to real-world problems.
  • Communicate effectively, work in teams, use information technology, and self-assess personal abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.


The MAM-CYBER program develops readiness to act as a purpose-driven cybersecurity leader. The 45 credit curriculum consists of advanced courses and elective courses. All MAM courses are 3 quarter credits. A minimum of 45 credits must be completed for the degree with at least 36 credits completed at SPU.

Advanced and specialized courses

The advanced leadership and behavioral skills and the ethical perspectives courses prepare you for acting as a responsible leader. The specialized IS and cybersecurity courses prepare you to assess risks and develop and implement security plans. You may not fulfill these courses by undergraduate coursework; transfer credit from other institutions will be given only for graduate-level courses covering the same body of knowledge.

Prerequisite foundation courses and skills

Prerequisite business foundation coursework includes 27 credits — BUS 6110, 6120, 6130, 6132, 6140, 6150, 6164, 6170, 6171. This coursework may be satisfied by prior coursework or may be completed at SPU. Possession of the Microsoft Office® User Certificate in Excel® is also a prerequisite.

Many students have covered some or all of this subject matter in an undergraduate program. In the following circumstances, coursework completed at the undergraduate level prior to admission to the program may fulfill one or more business foundation courses.

If you completed a bachelor’s degree within seven years* prior to admission to the program, that included courses covering the same body of knowledge as foundations courses:

  • Courses in which you earned a minimum grade of “B” may fulfill foundation courses with comparable content.
  • A course taken for pass/no credit cannot fulfill a foundation course requirement.

If you completed a bachelor's degree more than seven years prior to admission to the program, or if the grade in the undergraduate course is below “B” but not below “C+”:

  • You may take a competency examination in the subject.
  • Competency tests must be completed within the year following your date of admission to the program.
  • If the competency examination is successfully completed, the applicable foundation course will be considered fulfilled.
  • If you do not successfully complete the competency exam, you must take the graduate course or complete it via credit by examination for which tuition and an examination fee are charged.

Graduate certificates

In addition to the degree these graduate certificates will be awarded upon completion of each certificate’s courses at SPU with at least a B in each course:

  • Foundations: Financial Reporting and Analysis (BUS 6130, 6132, 6120)
  • Foundations: Creating and Distributing Value (BUS 6150, 6164, 6170)
  • Foundations: Understanding Business Contexts (BUS 6110, 6140, 6171)
  • Responsible Leadership (BUS 6201, 6202, 6260, 6266)

Admission requirements

Generally, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies and evidence of at least one year of continuous, full-time, substantive work experience after receipt of the bachelor’s degree on your résumé.

GMAT or GRE test scores are not required for applicants who demonstrate strong alignment with the program’s goals and who have at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA. (Scores may be requested from those who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission.)

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Current rèsumè as evidence of a substantive work experience. You will need at least one year, continuous full-time, post-bachelor’s degree experience at the time of application. More is preferred. This is a significant factor in the admission decision process. Applicants with less than 1-year of post-baccalaureate professional work experience, but who are otherwise strong candidates and are currently employed in a meaningful professional role may be considered.
  • Official transcript(s) from colleges or universities attended. Include the transcript from the institution that granted your bachelor’s degree with the posted degree appearing on the transcript. Also send official transcripts for all institutions attended following your undergraduate degree, as well as any other schools where you earned credits that may be used to request waivers of business foundation courses.
  • Personal statement (3–4 pages) responding to the essay questions listed in the online application. 
  • Two professional letters of recommendation listed in the online application (optional).

Language Proficiency

SPU considers you to be a native English speaker if both your primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico).

If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency, regardless of English language studies or academic history.

To demonstrate language proficiency, submit:

  • an official TOEFL score of at least 86 on the iBT
  • an official IELTS score of at least 6.5, or
  • an official Duolingo score of 110.

Otherwise, strong applicants with a TOEFL score of 68-85 (IELTS 6.0) may be probationally or conditionally admitted with the requirement to successfully complete SPU approved ESL coursework prior to or at the outset of enrollment and continuing as needed.

You may be exempted from the English proficiency testing requirement if you have earned baccalaureate or advanced degrees at Seattle Pacific University, at another regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or at an accredited university in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, or New Zealand.

International student applicants

The The MA in Management–Cybersecurity program is delivered largely in the online format. It is available for international students who plan to learn while remaining in their home country. It is not available for students seeking to attend in the U.S. on an F-1 visa.

In addition to the requirements above, international students must submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation for any non-U.S. transcripts from World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services Inc. (FIS). (A course-by-course evaluation is needed to determine if any pre-requisite foundations have been satisfied.) 

All official transcripts must be submitted in English. International applicants are responsible for all costs associated with translation.

Prequalified students

Qualified individuals may take up to five courses if they have an undergraduate degree (as evidenced by an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution); a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; and a minimum of one year full-time post-baccalaureate work experience (as evidenced by a current résumé).

If they wish to continue in the graduate program after taking five courses, they must apply for admission. Prequalified status does not guarantee full admission at a later date.

Application deadlines

Your application for admission, application fee, and personal statement must be received by the dates listed below. Recommendation letters, transcripts and test scores must arrive before an admission decision can be made.

  • Autumn Quarter: August 1 
  • Winter Quarter: November 1
  • Spring Quarter: February 1
  • Summer: May 1


Admission materials should be directed to Graduate Admissions. If you have questions, please contact the SBGE graduate program coordinator: