M.S. in Cyber Intelligence and Security

The Master of Science degree in Cyber Intelligence and Security requires completion of 30 credits and is designed to produce graduates who are qualified for a variety of career paths in private and public sector organizations. For many professionals currently working in these communities, the Master’s degree will be seen as a qualification for promotion in the middle and even upper levels of the organization as subject matter experts or managers of teams encompassing technical and policy decision making in cyber security. The objective of the program is to prepare individuals who:

1.       Have an advanced understanding of the cyber security issues facing networks, systems, infrastructure and emerging connected domains of large and small organizations;

2.       Have a strong working knowledge of those issues that impact U.S. national security, corporate security and data security;

3.       Are able to take an interdisciplinary and technical approach to solve emerging cyber security challenges; and

4.       Contribute to the broader Cyber Intelligence and Security community.

The MSCIS 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.

Degree Requirements

Cyber Intelligence and Information Systems Security
Advanced Analytical and Research Methodologies
System Security and Architecture
Complete one of the following options:6
Cyber Security Graduate Project
Comprehensive Exam
Masters Thesis
Select 5 of the following:15
Advanced Network Technology and Security
Intrusion Detection and Prevention
Cyber Policy, Legal, Ethics and Compliance
Security Program Management
Software Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis
Additional Special Topics
Advanced Network Forensics
Threat Intelligence
Mobile Device Security
Systems Programming and Security
Virtualization Technologies and Security
Additional Special Topics
Total Credits30