Program Contact: Frederick Scholl 203-582-7394
The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is a fully online program within the School of Computing and Engineering. It is a technical degree program designed to prepare a wide range of students to operate as cyber defenders for present-day and future information systems and networks.
The 30-credit Master of Science in Cybersecurity includes up-to-date security knowledge and skills in demand in today's workplace. These include principles of risk management, software security, cloud security and resilient systems. Both security theory and hands-on skills are developed, utilizing current security tools in cloud and on-ground environments. The coursework also embodies the knowledge units set forth by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). Degree coursework culminates with a capstone project that challenges students to examine the architecture of a complex system, identify vulnerabilities and determine the specific security defenses that should be employed.
For individuals working in the field seeking to fine tune their current skillsets without immediately pursuing a complete degree, you may take any of the 1-credit courses, subject to program director approval. Any course taken will count as a stackable credential.
Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Program of Study
The following courses are core requirements of the Cybersecurity program:
|CYB 505||Introduction to Cybersecurity||3|
|CYB 510||Introduction to Security Technology||3|
|CYB 550||Cyber Policy||3|
|or CYB 613||Practical, Hands-On Healthcare Cyber Risk Management|
|CYB 520||Concepts and Practices for Securing Data||3|
|CYB 530||Programming for Security Professionals||3|
|CYB 615||Introduction to Ethical Hacking Operational Reconnaissance, and Penetration Testing.||3|
|CYB 690||Introduction to Secure Authentication And Access||3|
|CYB 695||Cloud Security||3|
|CYB 696||Introduction to Designing, Testing, and Operating Resilient Systems||3|
|CYB 691||MS Cybersecurity Capstone||3|
Student Learning Outcomes
The mission of the MS in Cybersecurity program is to equip students to succeed as effective cyber defenders in a rapidly changing business and technology environment. Specific objectives include:
- Train students to be able to apply risk management concepts to cybersecurity challenges.
- Enable students to use and evaluate software to manage cybersecurity risk.
- Create the next generation of cloud native security professionals.
- Enable students to design, build and operate resilient systems that meet business objectives.
To qualify for admission into the MS Cybersecurity program, a student must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and meet one of the following criteria:
- Have an undergraduate degree in computer engineering, software engineering or computer science; OR
- Have an undergraduate degree in another area with applicable coursework or certificates in network technology, database management and programming; OR
- Have at least 2 years of applicable work experience or military service including experience with network technology, database management and programming; OR
- Receive approval from the program director