Cybersecurity - M.S.

The Cybersecurity Master of Science degree program builds cogently on the body of knowledge associated with the protection of networks, communication channels and information, and incorporates a set of core competencies in both technology and business as they relate to planning, implementing and managing system- and enterprise-level security. This program is targeted for students who have bachelor’s degrees in information technology, computer science, and network and software engineering, as well as others who have earned bachelor’s degrees in fields outside these areas but need the graduate-level degree to advance professionally. All students must complete a capstone project.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Research, establish and apply strategies and solutions that demonstrate an understanding of security foundations and the practical applications in the information security/assurance field.
  • Integrate information security solutions through the alignment of appropriate security methodologies to different security situations.
  • Develop system security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures.
  • Propose and test policies and procedures to ensure information systems reliability and availability and the prevention of unauthorized access.
  • Effectively communicate information security assessments, plans and actions to all stakeholders, both technical and nontechnical.
  • Assess and summarize the legal standards, laws and regulations related to information security/assurance in the global community.

This program is a 12-course degree with a 6-course core and 5-course focus area. The final program requirement is a 3.0 credit capstone research project.

ISA5005 Network Fundamentals (offered online only) or an approved equivalent is a requirement for this program. Students who do not have this course or an approved equivalent within their undergraduate program, or who transferred in, will need to complete this foundation course prior to registering for core and focus classes. 


Master of Science

Foundation Course
ISA5005Network Fundamentals *3
Core Courses
ISA5020Foundations of Information Security Management3
ISA5030Legal and Ethical Principles in IT3
ISA5040Network Security and Cryptography3
ISA5050Digital/Computer Forensics and Investigation3
MATH5100Statistical Methods3
RSCH5700Research and Inquiry3
Required Focus
ISA5085Principles of Programming3
ISA6010Software Security Testing3
ISA6020Securing Virtualized and Cloud Infrastructures3
ISA6030Hacking Countermeasures and Techniques3
ISA6040Advanced Network Intrusion Detection and Analysis3
Career Capstone Course
ISA6090Information Security & Assurance Capstone Research Project3
Total Credits36.0-39.0

ISA5005 Network Fundamentals is only offered online.