Masters of Science in Cybersecurity


The Departments of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Industrial and Management Systems Engineering jointly offer a non-thesis option for the degree of Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCYS). Degree graduates will demonstrate knowledge of advanced cyberthreats along with technologies and methods for threat mitigation/defense. They will also be able to assess the security needs of systems and develop effective solution strategies. It is important for students to review the Fall/Spring course offerings and develop a coherent plan for degree completion at the start of their program. Students should also maintain close contact with the Program Director and obtain prior approval for course selections.  See Graduate Catalog listing (MSCYS).

Curriculum overview

Total minimum hours:  30 credit hours

Core:  9 credit hours
Electives: 18 credit hours
Cybersecurity Practicum:  3 credit hours

Core Courses

Elective Courses
Students must complete a minimum of 6 electives (18 credit hours) chosen in consultation with the Graduate Director.  The options include:

Cybersecurity Practicum  
Students must complete 3 hours of Cybersecurity Practicum, done in consultation with the Graduate Director and under the supervision of a mentor.

  • EEL 6947 Cybersecurity Practicum Credit Hours: 3

Comprehensive Exam  
In lieu of a Comprehensive Exam, students will complete a portfolio addressing the content from the core courses (3 courses) and electives (4 courses).  This portfolio is completed as part of the EEL 6947 Cybersecurity Practicum course.

Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) Certification Option  
For students wanting further National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence (NSA/DHS CAE) certification for their degree, 3 additional out-of-college courses are required (9 credit hours). These classes along with the core class EEL 6787 (Data Networks Systems and Security) fulfill the complete CAE certification requirement.