Cybersecurity (M.S., C)

  • Certificate
  • Master's

About this Program

Our program provides a comprehensive cybersecurity education, preparing graduates for advanced technical and management positions in cybersecurity. It addresses the core subject areas and skill sets identified in the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS).

Program 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.

Explore current IT issues

The curriculum deepens knowledge of the procedures, tools and standards used in Cybersecurity. Students learn systems and network security, computer forensics, cryptography, ethical hacking and contemporary technologies and techniques in web, wireless and mobile security. They also explore current trends and issues and in the process gain valuable insights into Cybersecurity’s role and impact in day-to-day business operations.

Boost professional marketability

Grounded in a thorough understanding of the technical and managerial aspects of Cybersecurity, graduates leave Hood ready to tackle the complex cyber challenges in business, industry, government, education, health and other fields. For students who want cyber training, but not the full master’s degree, there is a stand-alone certificate in Cybersecurity.

Part-time or full-time

By taking one or two courses a semester, students can complete the 30-credit program in three years, or as full-time students, they can take on-campus classes and graduate in 18 months. Both formats provide instruction from highly qualified faculty and adjunct instructors with proven Cybersecurity experience.

The Cotton Cyber Lecture Series

Janet Hobbs Cotton ’59 and her husband, John Cotton, have given the new cybersecurity master’s program a generous gift by establishing the Cotton Cyber Lecture Series, which will bring nationally and internationally recognized leaders in cybersecurity to campus to speak.

The October 2018 event featured Ronald S. Ross, Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology, which took place on October 18th at the Hood Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall

In April 2019, Hector Monsegur spoke to guests in Hood College's Hodson Auditorium regarding the lack of preparedness of the cybersecurity industry to thwart major attacks. Hector is a former hacker who breached major corporations and governments. He is currently Director of Assessment Services at Rhino Security Labs and has helped the FBI prevent more than 300 cyber-attacks on systems controlled by the military and NASA. 

Program Contact

Program Director


Larbi Bricha

Assistant Director Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MS
Hood College Cotton Lecture Series

Carol Jim, P.h.D., Discusses Cybersecurity & Recent Cotton Cyber Lecture

Carol Jim, P.h.D., Computer Science & Information Technology Alumni Faculty Graduate Student

Carol Jim, P.h.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology at Hood College, discusses the recent Cotton Cyber Lecture and Hood's Cybersecurity program.

  • Academics
  • Math & Computer Sciences
Hood College Partners with Google

Hood College Partners with Google to Host Applied Computing Series

Hood College Partners with Google Faculty Graduate Student

“With strong support from the college and the department, we hope to bring quality computer science education to all Hood students, no matter the major” - Hood Computer Science professor Aijuan Dong, Ph.D.

  • Academics
  • Partnerships
  • Math & Computer Sciences

For students applying to the masters or certificate in cybersecurity program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Résumé/CV that provides educational and professional experience (required only for master's program)

This program is designed for students who have a solid background in computer science or information technology, including database and telecommunications concepts, either through formal study or professional experience. Students who do not have the necessary background will be required to complete one or both of the foundation courses in addition to ensure they are well prepared for the required coursework. The program director determines the required foundation courses based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. 

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).

Core Requirements

CYBR 555Information Systems Security


CYBR 548/IT 548Telecommunications & Networking


IT 530Applied Database Concepts


CYBR 534Network and Internet Security


CYBR 521Information Assurance & Risk Assessment


CYBR 532Computer Forensics


CYBR 535Security Policies, Ethics and Law


CYBR 566Ethical Hacking


CYBR 560Cybersecurity Capstone



CYBR 537Applied Encryption & Cryptology




CYBR 599Special Topics




CYBR 597Cybersecurity Practical Training


Foundation Courses

Any foundation courses required are in addition to the 30 credits required for program completion.

IT 510Computing Hardware & Software Systems


CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming


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Academic Blazer Chat: Cybersecurity

George Dimitoglou, director of the cybersecurity program, and Michelle Giambruno, a cybersecurity student, discuss what cybersecurity is and what students can expect during the program and after graduation.

Fast Fact

100% expected cybersecurity employment rate through 2021.

All Faculty
George Dimitoglou

George Dimitoglou

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Chair, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Program Director, Master's in Cybersecurity and Director of the Center for Computer Science and Information Assurance
Carol Jim

Carol Jim

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Bill Pierce

Bill Pierce

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Coordinator, Computer Science Minor

Ahmed Salem

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Program Director, Master's in Information Technology and Cybersecurity Certificate