Cybersecurity (M.S.)

The Cybersecurity Master's program curriculum consists of 10 courses (30 credits) that can be completed over 12 months, following a hybrid (on-campus and online) delivery model. Students who track with their entry cohort can complete the program in three semesters (fall, spring, summer). Students may select to complete a thesis through two courses instead of a capstone project and fifth elective. Classes will be offered in the evenings and during the weekends.

Prerequisites

All undergraduate majors are welcomed. Professional knowledge or experience equivalent to the following four courses is required:

  1. Computer Programming with basic algorithms (in C, C++, Java, R or Python) (e.g., CISC 5300 Computer Programming C++ or CISC 5380 Programming with Python)
  2. Applied Statistics and Probability ( e.g., CISC 5420 Applied Statistics and Probability)
  3. Discrete Mathematics including basic combinatorics and graph theory (e.g., CISC 5400 Discrete Structures)

Bridging courses are available for students who are missing one or more of the aforementioned prerequisites. With the permission of the Program Director, these courses can be taken concurrently with the cybersecurity courses. If you are required to take these courses, it will be stated in your admissions letter and the courses must be taken during the first semester.

Course Title Credits
CISC 5009Network Essentials 13
CISC 5650Cybersecurity Essentials 13
CISC 5750Information Security and Ethics3
CISC 6680Intrusion Detection and Network Forensics3
Four elective courses, with the option to pursue an internship12
One selection from the following: 26
Master's Thesis
Master's Thesis in MSCY I
and Master's Thesis in Cybersecurity II
Capstone and Elective
Capstone Project in Cybersecurity
One additional elective from the selection below
Total Credits30

Electives

Courses in this group have the CYSM attribute.

Course Title Credits
CISC 5550Cloud Computing3
CISC 5710Introduction to Behavioral and Physical Biometrics3
CISC 5728Security of e-Systems and Networks3
CISC 5770Intelligence in Cybersecurity3
CISC 5850The Social Network3
CISC 6091Cybersecurity Practicum3
CISC 6630Wireless Security3
CISC 6640Privacy and Security in Big Data3
CISC 6650Forensic Computing3
CISC 6660Applied Cryptography3
CISC 6750IOT Forensics and Security3
CISC 6800Malware Analytics and Software Security3
CISC 6850Leadership and Management in Cybersecurity3
CISC 6880Blockchain Technology3
CISC 6920Incident Response and Risk Management3
CISC 7050Penetration Testing3
CISC 8150Special Topics in Cybersecurity3