Master's Degree

Computer Security Fundamentals

The master's degree in cybersecurity with a concentration in computer security fundamentals builds on a computer science background to provide students with advanced technical knowledge necessary to design and build secure computing systems, to detect unauthorized use, and to protect those systems, their resources, and the data that they store or access.

Learn about various attacks in computer and network systems, including node- and network-level attacks; modeling and analyzing attack propagation and impacts; identifying core system vulnerabilities; and detection and defense strategies against attacks, including network forensics.


Students must have an undergraduate degree in computer science or computer engineering to be admitted into this concentration. Courses in this concentration require undergraduate coursework in analysis of algorithms, operating systems, computer architecture, program design, computer organization, object-oriented software design and data structures.

Program Requirements

This concentration requires four core courses, four concentration courses, one elective course, one practicum course and one electronic portfolio demonstrating completion of core program competencies. For a full list of courses, view the Graduate Catalog. View the cybersecurity application deadlines.

Required Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)

  • Special Topics: Data Networks, Systems and Securities (3)
  • Special Topics: Applied Cryptography (3)
  • Basics of Information Security and Risk Management (3)
  • Decision Processes for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (3)

Concentration Courses (15 Credit Hours)

  • Principles of Computer Architecture (3)

  • Operating Systems (3)

  •  Introduction to the Theory of Algorithms (3)

  • Special Topics: Computer Systems Security (3)

Elective Courses (3 Credit Hours)
Choose one elective from other concentrations.

Practicum (3 Credit Hours)

  • Practicum - IT Graduate Practicum (3)

Please note that you are required to submit an electronic portfolio demonstrating completion of core program competencies in cybersecurity and in the area of concentration.

View application deadlines and start dates for this degree program.