Cybersecurity, M.S.

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major: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