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Program Overview

Overview:

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is a 30-credit program designed for both technical and non-technical students with a bachelor’s degree. A prior background in information technology (IT) or computing is desirable, but not required to enter this program. Individuals without such background can enter the degree program by enrolling in two prerequisite foundation courses. The structure of the program allows students to enter from different disciplines, provides a common foundation and robust subject matter training necessary in today’s Cybersecurity job market.

The Master’s in Cybersecurity is designed to allow partnerships with local technology companies and government organizations. Students will be required and supported to pursue experiential learning and research opportunities during their studies. The program culminates with a team-based capstone project, linked to local industry and government partners. Students will work with faculty and partners to develop suitable research and project questions; collect data, design systems, develop software, protocols, methods and techniques; synthesize their findings or work artifacts into a final product; and present their findings to the partners and scholarly venues.

Application Requirements:

Students applying to the Cybersesurity program must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution at the time of admission, submit all official transcripts and a résumé/CV that provides educational and professional experience with specific information about mathematics background, programming background, if any, and their technical skills.

For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.

Program Requirements:

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity requires completion of foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate background knowledge. Students with undergraduate degrees in computer science or a related field may be waived from one or both of these courses at the time of application review. If these courses are required, they are in addition to the 30 credits required for program completion (24 credits of core courses, 3 credits of elective, 3 credits of capstone).

Foundation Courses

IT 510 Computing Hardware and Software Systems 3.0
IT 512 Elements of Computer Programming 3.0

Core Requirements

CYBR 532/CSIT 532 Computer Forensics
CYBR 534/CSIT 534 Network and Internet Security
CYBR 535/IT 535 Security Policies, Ethics and Law
CYBR 537/CSIT 537 Applied Encryption and Cryptology
CYBR 548/IT 548 Telecommunications & Networking
CYBR 555/CSIT 555 Information Systems Security
IT 518 Systems Engineering and Integration
IT 530 Applied Database Systems

Elective

CYBR 521/IT 521 Info Assurance & Risk Assessment
or
CYBR 556 Ethical Hacking

Capstone

CYBR 560 Cybersecurity Capstone