Requirements-MS-in-Cybersecurity-Networking-and-Infrastructure

The Network Security Concentration focuses on the network infrastructure and network security management aspects information security. This concentration will provide in-depth coverage of network security infrastructure technologies such as firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), vulnerability assessment tools, as well as overall security infrastructure engineering and design. Online Learning Learning opportunities are available for this concentration.
Master of Science 2017-2018

Cybersecurity


Networking and Infrastructure Concentration

Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the designated degree program.
  • Achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better among the five foundation courses.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.

Course Legend
Course Requirements
Introductory Courses
No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
TDC 411
TDC 413
TDC 405
CNS 418
Foundation Courses
Students must achieve an average GPA of 3.0 or better in the five Foundation Courses. Students who do not meet the Foundation Courses' GPA requirement must retake the course with the lowest grade. If a number of such courses exist, it is up to the student to choose which class to retake. Only the higher grade will count toward the average grade for the purpose of completing the GPA Requirement. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements are encouraged to talk to their faculty advisor to discuss their options. To progress to the Advanced Courses of the degree, a student must complete the Introductory and Foundation Courses.

Students must complete the following courses:
CNS 450
TDC 463
TDC 477
CNS 477
CNS 440
Advanced Courses
A maximum of four Advanced Courses can be taken before completing the Foundation Courses and fulfilling the GPA Requirement.

Students must complete the following courses:
CNS 488
CNS 533
TDC 577


A student must complete 2 of the following courses:
Any 400 or 500-level CNS course that is not already a requirement in the degree.
IS 444
IS 505
IS 506
TDC 563
Major Elective Courses
Students must complete 1CNS course in the range of 420 or higher or a course from the list of courses below. That course cannot be used to fulfill a student's CINS Concentration Area or Foundation Courses requirements.
CSC 423
CSC 424
CSC 433
CSC 436
CSC 438
CSC 439
CSC 440
CSC 465
CSC 478
CSC 536
CSC 557
ECT 582
IS 444
IS 467
IS 505
IS 506
SE 433
SE 441
SE 452
SE 482
SE 525
SE 526
SE 529
TDC 460
TDC 511
TDC 560
TDC 562
TDC 563
TDC 567
TDC 568
TDC 577
CDM Open Elective Courses
Students must complete 1 CDM open elective. Elective courses are in the range of 421-699 and must be chosen among CSC, CNS, TDC, SE, IS, ECT, IT, PM, IPD, HIT, HCI, and GAM courses.
Capstone Options
Students have the option of completing the Information Security Governance course (4 credit hours) the Computer Information and Network Security Capstone course (4 credit hours) or completing a Master's Research Project (up to 8 credit hours) to fulfill their Capstone requirement. If a student chooses to complete a Master's Research project for 8 credit hours, 4 credit hours of CSC 695 replaces one major or open elective course in the M.S. in Computer, Information and Network Security program. A student who completes a Master's Research project also has the option of completing a Master's Thesis.
  • Information Security Governance course
    CNS 587
  • Computer Information and Network Security Capstone course
    CNS 594
  • Master's Research
    Students interested in a more in-depth study of a particular area can choose to work with a faculty member (not necessarily their academic advisor) on an independent study or research project. The student will register for up to 8 credit hours of CSC 695. If a student chooses to complete a Master's Research project for 8 credit hours, 4 credit hours of CSC 695 replaces one major or open elective course in the M.S. in Computer, Information and Network Security program.
  • Master's Thesis
    A student who has made an original contribution to the area (typically, through work done by CSC 695) may choose to complete a Master's Thesis. The student and the student's research advisor should form a Master's Thesis Committee of 3 faculty. The student will need to submit to the committee a thesis detailing the results of the research project. After a public defense, the committee will decide whether to accept the thesis. In that case, the student will be allowed to register for the 0 credit course CSC 698 and the transcript will show the thesis title as the course topic.