M.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security

Students will:

  • Apply knowledge to analyze situations as well as innovate solutions for problems within professional and personal environments.
  • Communicate concepts in written, digital and oral forms to present technical and non-technical information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply to design, implement, and evaluate cyber intelligence and security solutions that meet given system requirements.
  • Observe professional responsibilities to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Use a variety of sources and evaluate multiple points of view to analyze and integrate information by using appropriate technologies.

Degree Requirements

The MS in CIS curriculum is divided into three components: Core Courses (9 credits), Thesis or special project (6 credits), and electives (5 courses or 15 credits). Insofar as the electives are concerned, the student will choose from 11 courses, covering both advanced cyber security and cyber intelligence topics, each with science, technology and laboratory components. Students will be strongly encouraged to work with partner organizations in the private and public sector on relevant topics during their training. Theses and special projects drawn from current academic and industrial subjects will enrich the program. Assuming a typical graduate course load of 9 credits per semester, students will typically complete the 30 credits of required course work, special project or MS thesis in 18 to 24 months.

Program Requirements

Cyber Intelligence and Security Core (9 Credits)

CI 505Cyber Intelligence and Information Systems Security3
CI 510Advanced Analytical and Research Methodologies3
CI 515System Security and Architecture3

Thesis or Special Project (6 Credits)

CI 690Cyber Security Graduate Project6
or CI 698 Comprehensive Exam
or CI 700 Masters Thesis

Cyber Intelligence and Security Electives (15 Credits)

Choose a total of 5 courses from the list of courses below:

CI 525Advanced Network Technology and Security3
CI 535Intrusion Detection and Prevention3
CI 545Cyber Policy, Legal, Ethics and Compliance3
CI 550Security Program Management3
CI 555Software Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis3
CI 625Advanced Network Forensics3
CI 630Threat Intelligence3
CI 665Mobile Device Security3
CI 670Systems Programming and Security3
CI 680Virtualization Technologies and Security3

Directed Study may be approved by the Department Chair. 

Total Credits30