This 36-credit program, also available online, prepares graduates with technical skills related to cyber operations and security. Students with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, information technology, or related fields are well-positioned to start this degree program. Students having other, less technical backgrounds are eligible for admission but may need to complete a bridge semester of preparation. Students learn the knowledge, skills, and perspective necessary to address cyber-operations and security issues of private and public business enterprises and governmental organizations. The program is distinctive in a number of ways, including:

  • A highly applied approach, with emphasis on hands-on learning
  • Requirement of an internship experience or research-based project on campus or at a local firm or agency
  • Incorporation of emerging technologies into all coursework
  • Emphasis on a collaborative and teamwork approach
  • Development of skills in technology leadership

To be admitted, applicants must meet all Graduate School admission requirements, have had a statistics course, and have the equivalent of a minor in computer science, information technology, or a related field (e.g., engineering or information and decision sciences). Students without adequate background or preparation may be required to complete a one-semester bridge program prior to beginning the M.S. in cybersecurity program. Admission will be considered for any semester, but students benefit most by beginning their coursework in the fall semester. Depending on availability of seats, applications will be accepted up to six weeks prior to the start date of the next semester. Required prerequisite coursework includes: IT 502, IT 335, MATH 220, and STAT 240.

Core Requirements (12-13 credits)
IT 642 Information Assurance 3 Cr.
IT 644 Technology, Law, and Society 3 Cr.
IT 648 IT Risk Management 3 Cr.
GRD 683 Professional and Career Development 0-1 Cr.
One course from the following options
CYB 530 Securing and Administering Systems in Windows Environment 3 Cr.
CYB 532 Securing and Administering Systems in Linux Environment 3 Cr.
Communications Requirement (3 credits)
One course from the following options
ENGL 502 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 Cr.
ENGL 511 Introduction to Technical Writing 3 Cr.
LS 608 Professional Writing and Research 3 Cr.
Capstone Experience (3 credits)
One course from the following options
CYB 686 Internship 1-3 Cr.
CYB 792 Research Project 3 Cr.
Elective Courses (17-18 credits)
CYB 520 Operating Systems 2 Cr.
CYB 540 Assembly Language Programming 2 Cr.
CYB 542 Theory and Practice of Cryptography 3 Cr.
CYB 552 Reverse Program Engineering 3 Cr.
CYB 562 Organizational and Corporate Data Protection 3 Cr.
CYB 572 IT Audit, Monitoring, and Testing 3 Cr.
CYB 582 Networking Infrastructure Security 3 Cr.
CYB 642 Cyber Forensics 3 Cr.
CYB 652 Cyber Warfare 3 Cr.
CYB 662 Wireless Security 3 Cr.
CYB 672 Secure Software Development 3 Cr.
CYB 673 CISSP 1 Cr.
IT 533 Data Mining 3 Cr.
IT 646 Hacking Techniques and Counter Measures 3 Cr.

Additional graduate courses may be approved by the adviser from the areas of computer science, information technology, analytics and modeling, mathematics, and business.

Students must take a programming test before the start of their first semester. Should a student fail the programming test the student must complete IT 500 and IT 501 during the first semester of enrollment. These credits do not count towards the degree in cybersecurity. The Capstone Experience should be taken after at least one semester of study. CYB 689 must be taken prior to the start of the Capstone Experience. Up to six credits can be substituted or, in rare cases, waived based on prior coursework or work experiences. The decision to substitute or waive is made by the dean of the Graduate School on the recommendation of the program director.

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