Be a white hat. You’ll do that here.

As we’ve become dependent on the tools and technology of modern life, others have sought to prove destructive to those same systems. From malware to ransomware, phishing to cloaking, there seems to be no limit of the threats to our technological infrastructure. Enter cybersecurity professionals, tasked with protecting and defending these critical infrastructures.

What You’ll Do

The program focuses on developing a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce with specialization in the area of critical infrastructure as defined by the Department of Homeland Security. In this program, you’ll also:

  • Master the most up-to-date cybersecurity technologies.
  • Get focused attention from industry-expert faculty.
  • Gain critical reasoning and technical writing skills.

Graduate Assistantships

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

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Computer Science report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $168k

    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.

  • $99k

    Computer Systems Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a computer systems analyst is $99,020.

  • $131k

    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.

  1. 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.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed at least 6 hours of science and 6 hours of mathematics in undergraduate degree

Core Requirements:

  • 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)
Choose one thesis option:

Thesis option

  • 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

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET): Computing Accreditation Commission logo
  • National Security Agency logo
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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Graduate Coordinators

Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college which houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.

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