Program Overview

The MSCBA program (formerly MS-ISA) is a 33-hour fully online program that examines issues surrounding the impact of information security and security risks to business and government, and is taught in an application-oriented manner with case studies and examples, while also building the foundation for the most widely-used analytics tools and techniques. The program is targeted for students with a degree in: Business, Accounting, Computer Science (CS) or computer-related Engineering, or Information Systems (IS). Students in other STEM majors may be considered if they have taken some basic IS or CS-related courses.

Why should you study Cybersecurity and Business Analytics at the master's level?

  • Knowledge and skill requirements for higher-paying upper-level jobs exceed the content of most undergraduate degree programs.
  • Graduates are in short supply - you can choose from many jobs with excellent pay and benefits.
  • Graduates have diverse educational backgrounds including accounting, computer science, engineering, and information technology.
  • IS and IA are rapidly-changing fields - you'll constantly update your skills and you'll never be bored.
  • IS and IA graduates make a difference - you'll manage and protect computer systems, data, networks, people, and the nation.

Demand for IS and IA skills is strong due to organizations' dependence on information technology and the need to secure information systems and data. Types of firms and organizations that hire MS-CBA graduates include law enforcement, national labs, financial services, Fortune 500 companies, educational and healthcare organizations, and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related accounting and auditing standards have also created many IA employment opportunities in the audit staffs of public accounting firms and private organizations.

Quick Facts: Computer and Information Systems Managers
2019 Median Pay$ 146,360 per year
$ 70.37 per hour
Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation5 years or more
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 2018414,400
Job Outlook, 2018-2811% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2018-2846,800


Quick Facts: Information Security Analysts
2019 Median Pay$ 99,730 per year
$ 47.95 per hour
Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related OccupationLess than 5 years
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 2018112,300
Job Outlook, 2018-2832% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2018-2835,500

Application Deadlines (beginning with the Fall 2021 cycle):

  • First Half Fall: July 15
  • Second Half Fall: September 15
  • First Half Spring: December 1
  • Second Half Spring: February 15
  • Summer: May 1

Entering MS-CBA Class Averages (Spring 2021 Incoming Class)

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GRE Average

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GMAT Average


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Learning Goals

Goal 1: Have fundamental knowledge in cybersecurity and business analytics.

1.1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of core concepts related to cybersecurity and business analytics in both technical and management domains.

Goal 2: Have analytical skills necessary to identify and analyze issues related to cybersecurity and managerial decision-making.

2.1: Students will be able to critically identify and analyze cybersecurity issues.

2.2: Students will be able to critically analyze data in order to identify business problems and support managerial decision-making.

Goal 3: Have the technical skills in cybersecurity and business analytics necessary to solve business problems.

3.1: Students will be able to design effective technical solutions that address issues across various business domains.

3.2: Students will be able to build and implement technical solutions for business problems.

Program Details

Tuition and Fees

Total cost per credit hour is $603.40 and is comprised of: $415.66 base tuition + $187.74 college differential. There is a student technology fee charged each semester. It is $150 in the Fall, $150 in the Spring, and $20 in the Summer. There may be additional costs, depending on the class. Additional costs are often for textbooks, supplemental course materials, and proctoring fees.

Fall 2021 Admission Process

The entrance exam requirement is waived for Fall 2021 admission cycles. Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 will be reviewed holistically based on resume, statement of intent and unofficial transcripts.

International applicants, please visit the Global Education Office for more information.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed bachelor's degree.
  2. At least 30 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate courses in management, accounting, information systems, computer science, computer-related engineering, or a combination thereof.
  3. Basic programming knowledge required. Students must demonstrate this on the unofficial transcript. Courses at UNM that meet this requirement include: MGMT 330, ECE 131, CS 152.
  4. Proficiency in English language professional communication demonstrated by undergraduate courses, professional experience, or both. Students who lack proficiency may be admitted provisionally with completion of one or two undergraduate professional communication courses selected by the faculty advisor or admission committee in the first two semesters. The courses must be completed with grades of "B" or better.

Application Requirements

For a complete application, please submit all required materials.

Online Application

Complete the online application and pay the application fee. Be prepared to upload your resume, statement of intent and unofficial transcript(s).

Statement of Intent

Please write an essay explaining your reasons for seeking an advanced degree in business, as well as your personal qualities and experience that will benefit your professional colleagues in the program. Include any noteworthy achievements or additional information you wish to share with the Admission Committee.


Please submit a current résumé detailing your work experience, management experience, and areas of responsibility.


Upload all unofficial transcripts (including from UNM) to the online application and send one official transcript from each institution attended (except for UNM) for domestic applicants. Send electronic transcripts to Mailed transcripts must arrive enclosed in the original registrar's sealed envelope to the following address:

UNM Admissions
PO Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895

Domestic applicants with foreign transcripts must have those transcripts evaluated, even if they are in English. This must be a course-by-course evaluation that shows the foreign education level of study in comparison to the U.S. education level of study and the US education equivalent cumulative GPA. We recommend the following credential evaluators. Education Credential Evaluators (; National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (; World Education Services (

Entrance Exam

The entrance exam is currently waived through Fall 2021 admission cycle.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for the first half of the Spring semester is December 1, and February 15 for the second half. The Summer deadline is May 1. For the Fall semester, July 15 is the deadline for the first half and it is September 15 for starting in the second half. The application fee is $60 for all applicants.

By the deadline, these checklist items are required:

  1. Online application submitted by 5:00 p.m.
  2. Application Fee
  3. The Entrance Exam (GMAT or GRE) must be taken on or before the posted deadline. If applicable, the GMAT/GRE waiver must be indicated on the application.

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Degree Requirements


UNM MS-CBA Required Core Courses (15 Credit Hours)
Course NumberCourse NameCredit HoursSemesters Offered (8 Weeks per Course)
MGMT 401*Introduction to Project Management31st half Fall, Spring
MGMT 501Data Driven Decision Making31st half Fall, Spring
MGMT 635Data Analytics32nd half Fall, Spring
MGMT 636Information Systems Security31st half Fall, Spring
MGMT 637Database Management Systems32nd half Fall, Spring


UNM MS-CBA: Management Group (6 Credit Hours)

Students with a BBA may waive out of the Management Group courses and take additional technical courses. Students without a BBA must take 6 hours of Management Group courses.

Course NumberCourse NameCredit HoursSemesters Offered (8 Weeks per Course)
MGMT 502Financial Accounting and Analysis3

2nd half Fall, Spring; Full Summer

MGMT 506Managing People in Organizations31st half Fall, Spring; Full Summer
MGMT 508Business and Society3Full Summer
MGMT 520Operations Management32nd half Fall, Spring; Full Summer
MGMT 522Managerial Marketing32nd half Fall, Spring; Full Summer
MGMT 526Financial Decision Making31st half Fall, Spring; Full Summer

UNM MS-CBA: Technical Group (Minimum of 12 Credit Hours)

Business Analytics Track
Course NumberCourse NameCredit HoursSemesters Offered (8 Weeks per Course)
MGMT 533Analysis Tools for Managers32nd half Fall
MGMT 588Supply Chain Models and Strategy32nd half Spring
MGMT 645Data Mining31st half Fall
MGMT 660Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis31st half Spring
Cybersecurity Track
Course NumberCourse NameCredit HoursSemesters Offered (8 Weeks per Course)
MGMT 646Digital Forensics31st half Fall, Spring
MGMT 647Systems and Network Administration31st half Fall, Spring
MGMT 648Advanced IS Security32nd half Fall, Spring
MGMT 662Security Risk Management32nd half Fall, Spring