Cybersecurity (MS)

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity program offers studies in core areas of cybersecurity that include offensive and defensive security operations, security awareness training, security tools design and implementation, cybersecurity management, security policy and law, and emerging areas in security and privacy. The proposed program offers both hands-on experiential learning and in-depth theoretical studies. 

The M.S. in Cybersecurity is designed for both professionals and recent college graduates who aspire to advance their careers in cybersecurity. The degree program consists of 30 credits, including 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of courses in an emphasis area: either cyber resilience or security engineering. The program will prepare students to obtain positions such as cybersecurity analyst, cybersecurity manager, cybersecurity engineer, or cybersecurity architect.

 

Degree Requirements

To earn this degree, students must satisfy all of the following requirements.

  1. Complete the Common Body of Knowledge courses, or have prior coursework or experience in all topics that are included in the Common Body of Knowledge.
  2. Complete all M.S. Cybersecurity core courses.
  3. Complete one emphasis: either Cyber Resilience or Security Engineering.
  4. Pass the M.S. Cybersecurity comprehensive exam for the selected emphasis. Students in the Security Engineering emphasis may choose to complete a capstone project (CYBER 789) or thesis (CYBER 799) in place of the comprehensive exam.
  5. Have a graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0.
Common Body of Knowledge0-6
SYSTEMS FUNDAMENTALS FOR CYBERSECURITY
INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON PROGRAMMING
or COMPSCI 171
Course COMPSCI 171 Not Found
INTRODUCTION TO JAVA
INTRODUCTION TO C++
INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING FOR BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
or equivalent coursework or experience
Core Courses
CYBER 730FUNDAMENTALS OF ETHICAL HACKING3
CYBER 731MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION ASSURANCE AND SECURITY3
CYBER 740CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY LAW3
CYBER 742COMPUTER FORENSICS3
COMPSCI 754Course COMPSCI 754 Not Found3
Emphasis: select either Cyber Resilience or Security Engineering15
Total Units30-36

Cyber Resilience Emphasis

Required Courses
CYBER 732DATA DRIVEN SECURITY3
CYBER 733INDUSTRIAL AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY3
CYBER 734CYBER INCIDENT RESPONSE, BUSINESS CONTINUITY, AND RISK MANAGEMENT3
Elective Courses: select 2 courses for a total of 6 units6
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICE MANAGEMENT
DATA ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
BUSINESS PROCESS INNOVATION AND MANAGEMENT
TOPICS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Security Engineering Emphasis

Common Body of Knowledge
INTERMEDIATE JAVA
INTERMEDIATE C++
or equivalent coursework or experience
Required Courses
COMPSCI 750SYSTEM AND SOFTWARE SECURITY3
COMPSCI 755CRYPTOGRAPHY AND SECURITY PROTOCOLS3
Elective Courses: select at least 3 courses for a total of 9 units9
EMBEDDED SYSTEM SECURITY
MALWARE REVERSE ENGINEERING
CLOUD SECURITY
COMPSCI 759
Course COMPSCI 759 Not Found
CYBERSECURITY CAPSTONE PROJECT
CYBER 799
Course CYBER 799 Not Found (maximum 3 units applied to degree)
OPERATING SYSTEMS IN PRACTICE
ADVANCED DATABASES
BIG DATA AND DATA MINING