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Online Master of Cyber Security and Forensics

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Advance your career in cyber security

100% online programs

Embedded industry certifications

No experience? No problem.

Globally-transferrable skills

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  • Duration 24 months
  • Cost per program* $16288
  • Units 192

Program Benefits

  • Workforce ready. Graduate ready to step into investigative roles with law enforcement and defence and provide security expertise to support commercial data breaches and insider threat investigations.
  • Taught by experts. Our lecturers have cutting-edge knowledge to share with you from incredible, high-stakes careers, having worked with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Globally recognised industry certs. Knowledge and exams are embedded into the program. You’ll save thousands and graduate well ahead of peers from other universities.

Program overview

Fight crimes using cyber forensics. In the 100% online Master of Cyber Security and Forensics at UniSC, you’ll analyse case studies and real-world data while you gain insider knowledge from our lecturers. They have extensive knowledge to share with you, having worked with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Defense.

By graduation, you’ll have firm working knowledge and experience in cyber security, network security, cryptocurrency, cryptography, blockchain, cyber laws, programming and digital and network forensics. You’ll also understand how to run projects, manage data and make evidence-based decisions.

As part of the program, you’ll graduate with your masters and globally recognised industry certifications.

  • Microsoft (Security, Compliance, Identity Fundamentals)
  • ITS Python

These credentials position you well ahead of peers from other universities, who will spend additional time and thousands of dollars earning them.

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Cyber security and forensics careers are in demand, and prosperous

Australia has recognised the seriousness of its cyber security situation in its 2022-23 federal budget, giving $10 billion in the next 10 years to the national cyber security and intelligence agency, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), so they could develop new national cyber and intelligence capabilities.1 The shortage of qualified cyber experts has pushed salaries well into six figures.1

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Curriculum: gain insider knowledge and experience

14 courses

2 years part-time

Embedded certifications

Cyber security and forensics move at a blistering pace, one that can easily burn resources and shut down companies if they aren’t prepared. The online Master of Cyber Security and Forensics at UniSC in Australia ensures you have the skills to prevent and manage attacks, minimise damage and stop cyber crimes.

We make sure you graduate workforce ready. We’ve partnered with the Sunshine Coast Technology Industry Alliance and have an advisory panel made up of leading IT companies such as Cisco, Dell, Oracle, Next DC and the Sunshine Coast Council. They regularly keep us abreast of trends and challenges so that we know you have the cutting-edge information you need to succeed.

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Graduate with your masters and industry-recognised certifications, too

You’ll save time and thousands of dollars in our program — and be placed well ahead of peers with the same educational background — because the knowledge, prep and exams for these certifications are all included as part of our program.

  • Microsoft (Security, Compliance, Identity Fundamentals)
  • ITS Python

Entry requirements: we make it easy to get started

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No application fee

To enrol you need:

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts from your completed bachelor’s program
  • Resumé or CV

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If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program.

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Fee details

$2,550-$3,087 per course

14 courses

Limited CSPs available

Your education is a long-term investment that pays dividends over time with top-paying careers that are in demand.

Even so, we realise that looking at total costs can seem daunting, but we’re here to help. This online Masters degree is available for FEE-HELP, and we have limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available for eligible students. We can also help guide you through how to have a conversation with your employers about getting tuition assistance.

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Online cyber and forensics program outcomes

When you graduate from UniSC’s online Master of Cyber Security and Forensics program, you’ll have the knowledge, experience and industry credentials you need to advance your career quickly.

Graduate able to:

  • Present these globally recognised industry certifications:
  • Microsoft (Security, Compliance, Identity Fundamentals)
  • ITS Python

Short on time?

You can choose to earn a graduate certificate in either Cyber Security or in Cyber Forensics. Each graduate certificate consists of 4 courses that you could complete in just 8 months. As part of the programs, you’ll earn your graduate certificate alongside globally recognised industry certifications, making you a stand-out candidate in a high-demand job market.

If you decide to pursue the masters program after completing a graduate certificate, you may transfer your graduate certificate credits to the program. This means you’ll only need to complete 10 courses to earn your masters degree.

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Your teacher

Dennis Desmond

Dr. Dennis Desmond

  • Lecturer, Cyber Intelligence
  • School of Science, Technology and Engineering

Dennis Desmond has spent the majority of his career in the counterintelligence discipline, first as a U.S. Army Special Agent, later as an FBI Special Agent, and finally, as a Special Agent with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Dennis is a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom IV and V. As an FBI Special Agent, Dr. Desmond was assigned to the National Computer Crime Squad as a National Security Division detailee. Dennis specialised in international and state-sponsored cyber threats, especially those from Eastern Europe. Dennis also worked closely with the various intelligence community members on national security-related cybercrime issues. As a Senior Intelligence Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Dennis served as a HUMINT support officer focusing on identity Operations and Identity. Dennis earned several awards and recognition for establishing and leadership of a specialised cyber unit at Fort Meade, Maryland for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dennis’s last assignment was with the U.S. Special Operations Command as the Chief Identity Scientist supporting Special Mission Unit operations.

Dennis was selected to attend Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a National Security Fellow, attended the George C. Marshall School of Government in Garmisch, GE as a Senior Fellow, and has attended a variety of specialised law enforcement and intelligence training courses throughout the world. Dennis has also been an instructor for various U.S. Government agencies specialising in signature reduction, identity operations, and other intelligence-related topics.

For his PhD, Dennis researched the processes used by criminals to launder cryptocurrencies from a human-factors and sociotechnical systems perspective. He is also currently a researcher at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems on darknet interventions under an ARC Linkage Grant. Dennis has extensive experience working with international law enforcement and intelligence agency personnel.

Professional memberships

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA)


  • ARC Linkage Grant – Scholarship, University of the Sunshine Coast (PhD) (2017)
  • National Security Fellowship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2013)
  • Fellowship, George C. Marshall School for Democratic Studies (1994)
  • Scholarship, Indiana University, Russian and East European Institute (1992)

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What’s it like to learn online?

In UniSC’s 100% online Masters program, you’ll earn your degree at the times and locations that are best for you. There’s no need to give up your life to advance your career. You’ll receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our students on campus. We’ll be here to support you every step of the way.

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Study assist

Australia has government systems in place to help you pay for your post-graduate education. This online program is available for FEE-HELP, and there are a limited number of CSPs available for eligible students. We’re here to help get you started, answer your questions, and support you along the way.

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Frequently asked questions

Please know that you can talk to a real human to get your questions answered. We’re always happy to chat with you. You can call us at +61 7 5345 6342 or request more information.

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The online program is designed for professionals who work full time and is offered in a part time format with one or two courses every trimester. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities.

To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

No, prior work experience is not required. You can learn more about our entry requirements here.

You can complete the program in just 1.25 years. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The first step is to start your application.

Those who hold a Master of Cyber Security and Forensics degree pursue career titles such as cyber security manager or engineer, or forensic computer analyst with salaries that range from $82,424 to 140,300. Learn more about your career options by visiting our career page.

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*Cost shown is with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) applied. There are limited CSPs for our upcoming intake.