Cybersecurity, M.S.

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Cybersecurity
Certificate:Cybersecurity
Department:Computer Science
Building 4, Room 223
850-474-3241
http://uwf.edu/computerscience
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 five 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 an institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Admission 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:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree with a minimum institutional GPA of 3.0
  • Letter of intent (written by the applicant) to include the applicant’s motivation for pursuing an M.S. in Cybersecurity degree, the extent of related work experience in the field, and future goals related to the attainment of an M.S. in Cybersecurity degree 
  • Submission of a resume
  • Name and contact information of two individuals that can speak to the applicant's ability to successfully complete the program

Students entering the program with a degree other than Cybersecurity, Computer Science, or Information Technology and pursue the Data or Software & System Security track 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

Cybersecurity Program Requirements

A minimum of 15 credits in coursework must be at the 6000-level. In addition, a minimum grade of "C" is required for all courses with an institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Core Courses6
Cybersecurity Principles
Advanced Legal, Ethical, and Human Aspects of Cybersecurity
Coursework from the selected track12
Electives9
Advisor approved elective at the 5000- or 6000-level
COT 6935Seminar in Cybersecurity3
Total Hours30
Data Security Track
COP 5725Database Systems3
Choose three courses from the following:9
Data Mining
Data Warehousing
Advanced Big Data Analytics
Network Performance Monitoring and Security
Database Security
Digital Forensics
Data Security
Database Administration
Data Visualization
Software & System Security Track
CEN 5079Secure Software Development3
Choose three courses from the following:9
Software Assurance and Security
Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
Digital Forensics
Data Security
Parallel and Distributed Programming
Database Systems
System and Network Security
Wireless Network Security
Security Management Track
ISM 6575Advanced Cybersecurity Risk Management3
Choose three courses from the following:9
Database Systems
Database Administration
MBA Foundations: Principles of Human Resources Management *
MBA Foundations: Management Skills and Applications *
Information Systems Auditing and Control
National Security Track
DSC 6045Homeland Security3
Choose three courses from the following:9
Crime and Public Policy
Issues in Contemporary Criminal Justice
Radicalism and Extremism
Political Violence
Terrorism
Statecraft
National Security Policy, Technology and Cyber
Intelligence

Cybersecurity Certificate

Department: Computer Science

Method of Instruction: Online

Semester Hours: 12

This certificate program is focused on data and system security and prepares professionals to be leaders in the protection of data assets and analysis of potential threats to systems and networks. The program's 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. 

Students entering the certificate 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

Prospective students for this certificate must contact the departmental advisor for completing the certificate declaration before the drop/add period of the semester of completion. Students must complete all courses listed below within five years of admission into the program. They must also have a "C" or better in each course and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the combined courses.

CIS 5775Cybersecurity Principles3
CNT 5407System and Network Security3
Choose two courses from the following:6
Secure Software Development
Database Security
Digital Forensics
Database Systems
Total Hours12