Computer Security Concentration, Cybersecurity (MS)

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Course Requirements

Introductory Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
CSC 400DISCRETE STRUCTURES FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE4
CSC 401INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING4
CSC 402DATA STRUCTURES I4
CSC 403DATA STRUCTURES II4
CSC 406SYSTEMS I4
CSC 407SYSTEMS II4

Foundation Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
CSC 435DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS I4
SE 450OBJECT-ORIENTED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT4
TDC 477NETWORK SECURITY4
CNS 440INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT4
CNS 450DIGITAL FORENSIC TECHNIQUES4

Advanced Courses 

Course Title Quarter Hours
CSC 439COMPUTER SECURITY4
Select two (2) of the following: 8
CRYPTOLOGY
SOFTWARE SECURITY ARCHITECTURE
SOFTWARE SECURITY ASSESSMENT
NETWORK SECURITY II
Select one (1) of the following (not counting courses taken to satisfy the requirements above):4
GOVERNANCE POLICIES IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE
CRYPTOLOGY
REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING
SOFTWARE SECURITY ARCHITECTURE
SOFTWARE SECURITY ASSESSMENT
SOFTWARE RISK MANAGEMENT
DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS II
FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SECURITY
NETWORK SECURITY II

Major Elective Courses

Students must complete one (1) CNS course in the range of 420 or higher or a course from the list of courses below. That course cannot be used to fulfill a student's CNS Concentration Area or Foundation Course requirements.

Course Title Quarter Hours
DATA ANALYSIS AND REGRESSION (FORMERLY CSC 423)
ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS (FORMERLY CSC 424)
SCRIPTING FOR DATA ANALYSIS (FORMERLY CSC 433)
WEB APPLICATIONS
FRAMEWORK FOR WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
COMPUTER SECURITY
CRYPTOLOGY
DATA VISUALIZATION (FORMERLY CSC 465)
PROGRAMMING MACHINE LEARNING APPLICATIONS (FORMERLY CSC 478)
DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS II
FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SECURITY
CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEM SECURITY
SECURE ELECTRONIC COMMERCE
IT AUDITING
FUNDAMENTALS OF DATA SCIENCE (FORMERLY IS 467)
LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
BUSINESS CONTINUITY/DISASTER RECOVERY THEORIES AND STRATEGIES
BUSINESS CONTINUITY/DISASTER RECOVERY MANAGEMENT AND TACTICS
SOFTWARE TESTING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
CONTINUOUS DELIVERY AND DevOps
OBJECT-ORIENTED ENTERPRISE COMPUTING
REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING
SOFTWARE SECURITY ARCHITECTURE
SOFTWARE SECURITY ASSESSMENT
SOFTWARE RISK MANAGEMENT
FOUNDATIONS OF NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES
TELECOMMUNICATIONS PRACTICUM
ADVANCED NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES AND DESIGN
COMPUTER-COMMUNICATION NETWORK DESIGN & ANALYSIS
PROTOCOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR DATA NETWORKS
TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
NETWORK MANAGEMENT
NETWORK SECURITY II

CDM Open Elective Courses

Students must complete two (2) CDM open electives. Elective courses must be within the range of 421-699 and must be chosen among CSC, CNS, TDC, SE, IS, ECT, IT, PM, IPD, HIT, HCI, and GAM courses. 

Capstone Options

Students have the option of completing the Information Security Governance course (4 credit hours) or the Computer, Information and Network Security Capstone course (4 credit hours) or completing a Master's Research Project (up to 8 credit hours) to fulfill their Capstone requirement. If a student chooses to complete a Master's Research project for 8 credit hours, 4 credit hours of CSC 695 replace one major or open elective course in the M.S. in Computer, Information, and Network Security program. A student who completes a Master's Research project also has the option of completing a Master's Thesis.

Information Security Governance Course

Computer, Information and Network Security Capstone Course

Master's Research

  • Students interested in a more-in-depth study of a particular area can choose to work with a faculty member (not necessarily their academic advisor) on an independent study or research project. The student will register for up to 8 credit hours of CSC 695. If a student chooses to complete a Master's Research Project for 8 credit hours, 4 credit hours of CSC 695 replace one more or open elective course in the MS in Computer, Information and Network Security program.

Master's Thesis

  • A student who has made an original contribution to the area (typically, through work done by CSC 695) may choose to complete a Master's Thesis. The student and the student's research advisor should form a Master's Thesis Committee of 3 faculty. The student will need to submit to the committee a thesis detailing the results of the research project. After a public defense, the committee will decide whether to accept the thesis. In that case, the student will be allowed to register for the 0 credit course CSC 698 and the transcript will show the thesis title as the course topic.