Cybersecurity, M.S.

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Department:Computer Science
Building 4, Room 223
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:11.1003
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 30

With an ever-growing demand for cybersecurity professionals, the M.S. in Cybersecurity prepares graduates to be leaders in the protection of data assets and analysis of potential threats to systems and networks. 

The curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend the availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation of information and information systems and the development of secure software systems. The program is offered 100% online. The courses have been carefully blended to meet real-world requirements and to facilitate hands-on experiences that maximize a student's learning outcome in the program.

Program Highlights

  • Complete the program in four academic semesters
  • Flexible online classes
  • Become a highly skilled, adaptable cybersecurity professional
  • Predict and protect against cybercrime
  • Participate in interactive case studies

Program Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" is required for all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): successful applicants typically have verbal scores of 140 or higher and quantitative scores of 145 or higher
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): successful applicants typically have a score of 370 or higher
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate degree major
  • The applicant’s motivation for pursuit of a M.S. in Cybersecurity degree, extent of related work experience in the field, and future goals related to the attainment of a M.S. in Cybersecurity degree described in a letter of intent written by the applicant
  • Submission of a resume
  • Indication of the applicant’s ability to succeed in our graduate program as reflected in three signed letters of recommendation

Students entering the program with a degree other than Cybersecurity, Computer Science, or Information Technology may be required to complete prerequisite courses in computing and programming. The department offers the following foundational courses to complete the prerequisite coursework:

  • COP 5518 Foundations: Computing Essentials
  • COP 5007 Foundations: Programming Essentials