Cybersecurity, MS—ALIGN Program

The innovative ALIGN bridge program to the interdisciplinary Master of Science in Cybersecurity is designed for students with a BS/BA degree from all backgrounds. During the first semester of year one, students are expected to take foundational courses in computer science fundamentals, as well as a course in data structures/discrete mathematics. During their second semester, students will take coursework in object-oriented design, as well as introductions to algorithms and computer systems. 

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity combines computer systems and network security training with knowledge from the social sciences, law, criminology, and management, giving you an opportunity to obtain skills that are in high demand. Through this program, the successful student will learn to:

  •  Build core knowledge surrounding computer system security and network security theory, processes, and practices
  •  Plan and implement security strategies to reduce risk and enhance protection of information assets and systems
  •  Identify and address legal and ethical issues associated with information security, privacy, and digital rights and identifying how they affect specific cybersecurity decisions and planning
  •  Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with corporate management on cyber-related issues

Concentration in Criminology

Cybercrime has evolved into more advanced techniques and sophisticated structures. Cybersecurity professionals are of vital importance in crime investigations, and for that reason they need to have a well-rounded background and knowledge. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity provides an interdisciplinary foundation that includes computer science technical courses, complemented with the contextual knowledge courses required for a proper holistic approach to cybercrime. The concentration in criminology and criminal justice will serve MSCY students to obtain the fundamental principles and the most important practices that criminal justice professionals use.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Cybersecurity with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Cybersecurity in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The certificate program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 36-semester-hour master’s degree and certificate require 24 hours from the Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MS required courses, technical track, and contextual track).

Engineering Leadership

ALIGN Bridge Coursework

Students will be required to complete two or more of the following bridge courses to be determined by faculty mentor.

A grade of B or higher is required in each course.

Fundamentals
CS 5001
and CS 5003
Intensive Foundations of Computer Science
and Recitation for CS 5001
4
Discrete Structures
CS 5002Discrete Structures4
Object-Oriented Design
CS 5004
and CS 5005
Object-Oriented Design
and Recitation for CS 5004
4
Additional ALIGN courses
CS 5006Algorithms2
CS 5007Computer Systems2

Core Requirements

Foundations
CY 5010Foundations of Information Assurance4
Technical Track
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Applied Cryptography
Computer System Security
Network Security Practices
Software Vulnerabilities and Security
Software Security Practices
Network Security
Contextual Track
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Security Risk Management and Assessment
Information System Forensics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Decision Making for Critical Infrastructure
Special Topics in IT Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Special Topics in Privacy Law
Capstone
CY 7900Capstone Project4

Electives

Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Database Management Systems
Foundations of Software Engineering
Computer Systems
Web Development
Fundamentals of Computer Networking
Wireless Network
Special Topics in Software Engineering
Theory of Computation
Introduction to Cyberspace Programming 2
Applied Cryptography
Computer System Security
Network Security Practices
Security Risk Management and Assessment
Information System Forensics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Software Vulnerabilities and Security
Software Security Practices
Special Topics in IT Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Special Topics in Privacy Law
Machine Learning in Cybersecurity and Privacy
Network Security
Cryptography and Communications Security
Criminology
The Criminal Justice Process
Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Special Topics in Criminology and Public Policy
Managing People in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager
Security and Resilience Policy
Cyberconflict

Concentration in Criminology

This concentration's required courses may count toward the contextual track, and its elective may count toward the major's elective area.

Required8
Criminology
The Criminal Justice Process
Complete one of the following:4
Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Decision Making for Critical Infrastructure
CRIM elective

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

36–44 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required