May 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Cyber Security, Non-Thesis Option, M.S.

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Faculty Director
Tyler Moore

The Master of Science (M.S.) in cyber security can be completed as a residential on-campus program, 100% online, or as a combination of on-campus and online. The M.S. program in cyber security is designed for working professionals seeking to gain skills and expertise necessary to thrive in this growing field.

Graduates are well equipped to meet the demand and serve in intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding roles that strengthen national and global security. Graduates of the program master the theory, concepts, and techniques of information assurance and network defense in real-world environments. The M.S. in cyber security serves students with backgrounds in computer science as well as other disciplines. Graduates from the program develop technical and professional skills highly sought after by federal and state government agencies, national laboratories, law enforcement and intelligence communities, and the private sector.

Learning Objectives

Graduates from the Master of Science program in cyber security will:

  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of the foundational concepts of cyber security.
  • Obtain and refine the skills necessary to improve an organization’s cyber security posture.
  • Apply theoretical concepts to the practice of cyber security.
  • Demonstrate professional skills and behavior.


Requirements for admission to the Graduate School, including English language proficiency, may be found in the Admission section of this Bulletin. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • At least nine hours of mathematics and statistics at the level of calculus and above, and
  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Upon the recommendation of the Graduate Dean, students who fail to meet the above requirements may be admitted conditionally pending removal of deficiencies.

GRE Waiver

Admission to the Master of Science program in cyber security requires a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) obtained within the five years preceding initial enrollment. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) may be substituted, but the GRE is preferred.

The GRE requirement may be waived under certain conditions, as indicated below:

  • The requirement is automatically waived for all applicants that have already completed a master, doctoral, or law degree at an approved university.
  • Applicants who have taken the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT within five years of the date of initial enrollment may submit their score(s) for consideration as evidence of having met the requirement.
  • Applicants with three or more years’ work experience in cyber security or information technology roles.
  • Applicants with five or more years work experience in other fields who can document achievement through other means such as patents, professional licensures and certifications, refereed publications in industry-specific journals, expert testimony, company technical reports/analyses, or other documented evidence of career advancement and developing expertise.
  • Applicants holding any of these certifications .

The following additional conditions apply:

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to request the waiver.
  • Petitions must be accompanied by all required documentation.
  • The waiver petition form must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the applicant intends to first enroll in the program.
  • The waiver petition, along with all required documentation, must be submitted in electronic form to

The waiver petition will be evaluated as soon as possible but generally within ten business days of receipt of all required documentation.

If the waiver petition is denied, the applicant must take the GRE prior to enrolling. It is the applicant’s responsibility to schedule the test and pay the required fee. Applicants are advised that it will be difficult to achieve a satisfactory score without preparing in advance. Study guides and other preparation materials are available from a variety of commercial sources.

Whether the GRE waiver is granted or not, the applicant may still be required to complete one or more leveling courses prior to enrolling in courses.

Curriculum (30 hours)

Students must complete at least 21 hours in cyber security courses at the graduate level including the cyber security core and electives.

Cyber Security Core (12 hours)

Introductory Cyber Security (3 hours)

One of the following courses:

Applied Cryptography and System Security (3 hours)

One of the following courses:

Electives (9 hours)

The remaining nine hours of elective coursework may be completed in several different ways, depending on the preference of the student and in consultation with the program advisor, and may include cyber security courses. An M.S. thesis or M.S. report may be completed, but are not required.

  • Students may take up to six credit hours of coursework outside computer science or cyber security, subject to approval from the program advisor and the instructor of record.
  • If a student chooses to complete a master’s report and not a thesis, up to three of the remaining elective hours may be CS 7911-3 .


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