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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Requirements for the M.S. in Cybersecurity

All candidates for the degree must complete a total of 33-34 credits, indicated as follows:

  • Foundation courses (0 - 4 credits)
  • Core (21 credits)
  • Electives (3 - 9 credits)
  • Capstone (3 - 6 credits)

Foundation Courses

All candidates are expected to complete two foundation courses, CIS 500 and CIS 511, for a total of four credits. However, a placement exam can be taken to demonstrate proficiency in the topics covered by the foundation courses. A successful score on the placement exam will result in waiving the requirement of one or both of the foundation courses (33 credits are still required for the degree and may be achieved through taking additional electives).

Core Courses

Students are required to complete the following courses for a total of 21 credits:

Elective Courses

Students must complete at least three elective credits. Additional elective credits will be required if the CIS 500 course is waived, or if the project option is chosen to meet the capstone requirement (instead of the thesis option). Potentially, up to nine credits of electives may be needed in such cases. Any 500- or 600-level CIS course (other than foundations courses) can be used as an elective toward the M.S. in cybersecurity degree.


Each candidate must complete either the project course or the thesis sequence for a total of three or six credits. Please contact the graduate program director one semester prior to starting any of these.

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