The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support during full-time graduate study. It’s an opportunity for the graduate students to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and administrators. In addition to a per year stipend, GAs gain valuable experience. There are two kinds of assistantships: teaching and administrative.
Outcomes & Careers
Successful Outcomes Rate
Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Computer Science report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.
Computer & Information Systems Manager
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a computer and information systems manager is $161,730.
Computer Systems Analyst
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a computer systems analyst is $99,020.
Computer & Information Research Scientist
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a computer and information research scientist is $130,980.
What You’ll Study
With a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity, you’ll be prepared to enter the field even without a Bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity or similar degree. The program trains new graduates as well as existing practitioners, with skills required to protect critical infrastructure. You’ll take courses in computational cryptography, introduction of cybersecurity, information security in system administration, and security of critical infrastructure.
- Bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity or related field. *Students with bachelor’s degrees from other fields will be required to take up to two prerequisites related to fundamentals of computing and programming.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Completed at least 6 hours of science and 6 hours of mathematics in undergraduate degree
- CY501 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3)
- CY510 Information Security and Assurance (3)
- CY520 Information Security in System Administration (3)
- CY530 Network Security and Defense (3)
- MA664 Computational Cryptography (3)
- CY655 Research Methods in Cybersecurity (3)
- CY691 Thesis Research I (3)
- CY692 Thesis Research II (3)
- GR699 Master's Oral Examination (0)
- XXxxx Choose 6 hours with advice of advisor (6)
Non Thesis option
- CY690 Graduate Project (3)
- GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Examination (0)
- XXxxxChoose 15 hours with advice of advisor (15)
Electives may be chosen from the following with the advice of advisor:*
- CS506Distributed Cloud Computing (3)
- CY610 Web Application Security (3)
- CY620 Computer Forensics (3)
- CY630 Hardware Security (3)
- CY643 Independent Study (3)*
- CY650 Legal, Risk & Compliance for Security (3)
- CY653 Special Topics in Cybersecurity (3)*
- CY660 Cyber Operations (3)
- CY662 Advanced Computer Forensics (3)
- CY670 Secure Operating Environments (3)
- CS699 Internship (3)*
- MA510 Mathematical Foundations (3)
- TN562 Networking I (3)
- TN564 Telecommunications and Networking II (3)
- XX5xx/6xx Any relevant course from other departments and listed as electives – up to 6 hours
*May be taken once for credit on program
Harrison College of Business & Computing
This program is housed in the Harrison College of Business and Computing. The College prepares students for the global marketplace. Alumni work for some of the world’s largest corporations to some of today’s most innovative startups. The focus is on creating and innovating, data and trends, supported by faculty mentors who themselves are leaders in business and computing.
Accreditations and Designations
Getting the Job
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