2018-2019 Catalog

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Master of Science in Cyber Security
The Master of Science in Cyber Security program is designed to provide professional preparation for private, public and non-profit sector professionals in the field of cyber security. The curriculum, delivered in an accelerated 18-month cohort model, requires completion of six (6) core and four (4) elective courses. The program culminates with a cyber-security research project supervised by a faculty member

Admission requirements:
The following general requirements must be met to be admitted to the program:
A bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited institution.
▪ Good standing at the last institution attended.
▪ A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.

▪ International Students must provide an evidence of one of the following:
• A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam
• A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT)
• A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam
• A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS, or
• A score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Depending on the type of the undergraduate degree held, the applicants may be admitted with either a classified or conditional admission status.

Classified Admission:
In order to be admitted with a classified status, the applicant must meet all general admission requirements and hold:
▪ A bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology (CT), Information Technology (IT), Computer Science (CS) or a related field.

Conditional Admission:
The applicants holding bachelor’s degrees in the fields not related to Computer Science, may be considered for a conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students may have to fulfill additional requirements before they attain a classified status. These additional requirements, which will be determined by evaluating applicant’s transcripts and work-related experience, include an evidence of mastery of the key concepts in the following topic areas:

▪ Computer Hardware and Tools
▪ Computer Programming
▪ Operating Systems and Networking
▪ Dynamic Web Programming
▪ Network Security
▪ Introduction to Statistics

These requirements may be met by successful completion of the necessary bridge courses identified by the Program Coordinator or passing of a placement exam.

Major Requirements (30 units)

Core Courses (18 units)

CYB 501Foundation of Information Security

3

CYB 528Foundations of Cyber Forensics

3

CYB 538Information Security Policy and Procedures

3

CYB 555Information Assurance and Network Security

3

CYB 584Software Project Planning and Management

3

CYB 590Graduate Project

3

B. Electives (12 units):

Select 4 courses from the following:
CYB 529Advanced Cyber Forensics

3

CYB 548Advanced OS Security

3

CYB 551Data Communications and Computer Networks

3

CYB 552Advanced Hacking Prevention

3

CYB 562Advanced Communication System Security

3

CYB 572Secure Cloud Computing

3

C. Culminating Experience:

The culminating experience is a student-developed cyber security research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member (CYB 590).