This paper aims to investigate the existing curriculum of cybersecurity programs the U.S. universities and provide suggestions to improve the programs to fill the gap between academia and industry. In the current state of science and technology, the need for strengthening cyber security has been increasingly growing in every developed country and transforming it into one of the most critical sectors of society. In this research, we have shown the essential role of cybersecurity professionals in preventing, detecting, responding to, and mitigating cyber-attacks using a case study of a targeted cyber-attack of a large organization. We presented a threat-centric framework for developing cybersecurity competencies and detailing the steps involved in building a cybersecurity master's program. Consequently, we have made some suggestions regarding a holistic approach to address these issues. This paper is intended to prepare students for careers and research in cybersecurity and related areas.