MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CYBER SECURITY

 

This 36-credit program 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. These include:

  • 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;

Admission. 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 MS in Cyber Security 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 6 weeks prior to the start date of the next semester.

Curriculum. Students are required to take coursework in Computer Science and IT areas. All students complete a 300 hour internship or a major research project.

PROGRAM PREREQUISITES (12 credits)  
IT 502 Programming 4 cr
IT 335  Networks 2 cr
STAT 540 Statistical Analysis 3 cr
Math 220 Discrete Mathematics 3 cr

CORE REQUIREMENTS (12-13 credits)
IT 642 Information Security 3 cr
IT 644 Technology, Law and Policy 3 cr
IT 648 IT Risk Management 3 cr
CYB 689 Professional and Career Development 0-1 cr
Choose one of:
CYB 530 Securing and Administering Systems in Windows Environment 3 cr
CYB 532 Securing and Administering Systems in Linux Environment 3 cr
COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENT (3 credits)
One of:
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 of:
CYB 686 Internship 1-3 cr
CYB 792 Research Project 3 cr
ELECTIVE COURSES (17-18 credits)
CYB 542 Theory and Practice of Cryptography 3 cr
CYB 552 Reverse Program Engineering 3 cr
CYB 562 Organizational and Corporate Date Protection 3 cr
CYB 572 IT Audit, Monitoring and Testing 3 cr
CYB 582 Networking Infrastructure Security 3 cr
CYB 542 Cyber Forensics 3 cr
CYB 652 Cyber Warfare 3 cr
CYB 662 Wireless Security 3 cr
CYB 672 Successful Software Development 3 cr
CYB 673 CISSP 1 cr
IT 633 Data Mining 3 cr
IT 646 Hacking Techniques and Counter Measures 3 cr

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

 Sequencing of Coursework. 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 Cyber Security. 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 6 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.

For more information on this program, please contact the Valparaiso University Graduate School at Graduate.School@valpo.edu, or call our office at 219-464-5313