This Master of Science in Cybersecurity Studies takes a broad, multi-disciplinary approach to preventing and responding to large-scale cyber threats and cyber attacks. The first half of this program provides you with a foundation in network security, information assurance, cybercrime, and digital forensics. The second half of this program focuses on the issues, policies, practices, and perspectives of various sectors, critical infrastructures, agencies, and disciplines, such as national security, intelligence, criminal justice, and emergency management. Cyber threats can have an adverse effect on public confidence, stock markets, economic sectors, and other critical infrastructures. The need for trained experts in this field who can prevent, detect, and eliminate such threats is critical to our national security.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this program seeks the following specific learning outcomes for its graduates:

  • Analyze the national cyber threat landscape and cybersecurity challenges from both external entities and domestic sources.
  • Examine the legal, social, regulatory, ethical, and technical issues related to securing information systems and national critical infrastructures.
  • Compare and contrast the interdisciplinary policies, practices, perspectives and products required to address the cyber threats to our information systems and critical infrastructures.
  • Appraise the methodologies for performing vulnerability assessment, risk mitigation, auditing, and certification of information systems and critical infrastructures.
  • Categorize the cybersecurity related roles, responsibilities, and policies for managers of critical infrastructures, national security, corporate security, criminal justice, and intelligence/counter intelligence.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements33
Elective Requirements0
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (33 semester hours)

NSEC506Cyber Policy and Practice in National Security 13
ITCC500Research Methods in Information Systems and Technology3
EDMG600Emergency Management Perspectives on Cybersecurity3
HLSS505Security Risk Management3
INTL647Cyber Intelligence3
ISSC621Computer Forensics3
ISSC630Advanced Cybercrime Analysis3
ISSC641Telecommunications and Network Security3
ISSC642Intrusion Detection and Incident Handling3
ISSC660Information Assurance3
LSTD517Law, Ethics and Cybersecurity3
Total Semester Hours33

Required as the first course in the program but may be taken concurrently with another course.

Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)

There are no electives for this program.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

Select 1 course from the following:3
Cybersecurity Studies: Capstone Practical 1
Cybersecurity Studies Capstone 1
Total Semester Hours3

This course may not be taken until all other courses are completed and student has a 3.0 GPA