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Bay Path University Ranked Third in the Nation for Online Master’s in Cybersecurity

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Longmeadow, MA– Bay Path University has been ranked third in the nation for its online cybersecurity master’s degree program by Fortune Magazine. This year, Fortune, which covers global business topics, ranked Bay Path at number three, up from last year’s position at number 11. 

Rankings were determined by a program’s selectivity score, which measures the undergraduate GPAs and years of work experience of its students, along with the program’s acceptance rate. In addition, Fortune evaluated retention and graduation rates, as well as the size of each graduating class.

“We’ve known for a long time that cybersecurity is an important and in-demand professional niche, and we have consistently developed our program to fill that niche,” says Matt Smith, the director of Bay Path’s cybersecurity program. “There’s such a tremendous incentive for businesses and organizations to enhance the security of their operations, and this creates jobs that offer ongoing opportunities for growth and advancement, especially for women, who are underrepresented in this segment of the workforce.”

In addition to its cybersecurity graduate program for men and women, Bay Path offers an NSA- approved bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity to undergraduate women. Bay Path University was recognized in 2023 as a Center of Academic  Excellence in Cybersecurity Education (CAE).

“Cybersecurity is a fast growing, highly paid profession that delivers upon the promise Bay Path has been making to students since our earliest days; in-demand skills that lead to growth-oriented jobs and the economic determinism that comes with those jobs,” notes Bay Path’s president, Sandra Doran. “It’s an exciting arena to be in, and we’re hoping to promote the amazing opportunities that exist in cyber to even more students.”



According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for cybersecurity professionals is expected to grow by 35% over the next decade, more than four times faster than the average for all occupations, and in 2022, calculated the median annual salary for cybersecurity analysts in the US to be approximately $135,000.


About Bay Path University


Bay Path University was founded in 1897. Bay Path’s enrolled population of over 3,000 includes traditional undergraduates; adult women at The American Women's College, the first all-women, all-online accredited degree program in the country; and women and men master’s and doctoral students. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.

Please visit the MS in Cybersecurity program page to learn about curriculum, faculty, program options, and more!