2021-2022 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
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The master's degree in cybersecurity is a blend of theory and applications to deliver a cutting-edge program. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully evaluate information security needs, identify appropriate countermeasures, and implement security solutions. Moreover, the program introduces students to various cybersecurity areas such as secure coding, network security, and digital forensics, as well as having students practice with different tools and techniques to identify potential threats to the network infrastructure and computer systems.
Admission to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Program
In addition to the university requirements of admission, all students seeking a degree for the M.S. in cybersecurity must also meet the following requirements:
- Grade point average of 3.0 (B) from all undergraduate coursework or a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT test
- Resume detailing work experiences and accomplishments
- Personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives
- Recommendations: Two professional or academic recommendations received online, addressing the candidate's potential for graduate study completion. You will provide the emails of two references in your account at gvsu.edu/gradapply, and they will be sent a link to fill out for their online recommendation
Admission to the M.S. in cybersecurity status may be full or conditional; conditional admission may be granted to applicants with deficiencies in their background. Candidates without sufficient relevant background experience may satisfy any deficiency with appropriate graduate or undergraduate courses, as recommended by a faculty advisor in the program and approved by the cybersecurity program director.
Minimum Number of Hours for Graduation
11 three-credit courses (33 credit hours) comprise the Master of Science in cybersecurity degree.
Courses are normally scheduled in the evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. downtown at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
The following programs are available:
- Master of Science in Cybersecurity
- Combined Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Cybersecurity
- Combined Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Master of Science in Cybersecurity
- Combined Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Master of Science in Cybersecurity
- Combined Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Master of Science in Cybersecurity
- Badge in Cybersecurity