The M.S. in Cybersecurity program curriculum is aimed at professionals with a background in business management, information technology, computer science, or criminal justice. This multidisciplinary curriculum is designed for busy adult learners and draws courses from our information technology leadership, computer information science, and economic crime forensics programs. The curriculum is intended to create a better understanding of:
- Information security policies and procedures
- Computer crimes and related legislation
- Investigative practices and procedures
- Corporate ethics and compliance
The program is offered in a totally online format. It follows the traditional academic calendar of a fall and spring semester and a shorter summer semester. The fall and spring semesters are divided into two 8 week terms. A full-time graduate student carries a minimum of 6 semester credit hours. Some courses may require more hours per week in some areas of instruction. All courses are online and 3 credits in the length. The courses will meet both synchronously (optional) and asynchronously. Students are required to participate in chat sessions and/or discussion boards, which will take the place of classroom meetings. Synchronous sessions will be recorded for students who are not able to attend the actual session. Students who are not able to attend the synchronous sessions will be asked to complete a short assignment related to the recorded session. Depending on their personal schedules, students may elect to take courses every term or wait for the next term to continue studies. Courses in the summer are also 8 weeks in length. If a student decides to take two courses during the summer session, they will overlap in the time frame.
The graduate program in M.S. Cybersecurity educates students in theoretical and practical knowledge of cybersecurity. The program develops competencies in cybersecurity management as well as breach detection, mitigation and prevention. The faculty and students develop and maintain relationships with industry practitioners to encourage excellence and provide attention to ethical principles and changes related to cybersecurity.
Program Specific Information
CYB 880 Integrative Capstone
Students culminate their learning with a capstone project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Some students partner with an external company or work on a project associated with their employer as a project deliverable for that company.
Progression through the Program
Ten courses (30 credits) are required for the degree. Each student is required to satisfy the all six required courses (which includes the capstone), and a grouping of 4 additional courses.
4+1 Bachelor's in Computer Science/Information Technology to Master's in Cybersecurity
Students may earn both a B.S./B.A. in Computer Science or B.S. in Information Technology and a M.S. in Cybersecurity by participating in the University’s 4+1 Program. Students would satisfy the undergraduate computer science or information technology major requirements during their first four years at the University, earning a minimum of 120 credits. Three undergraduate courses (9 credits) may be applied to the graduate credits if the student maintains at least a GPA of 3.0 and the undergraduate course grade was B or better. Students complete the remaining 7 graduate courses (21 credits) when they enter the M.S. in Cybersecurity program.