No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.
Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions based on faculty review:
- The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course based on an official transcript review by faculty and successful grades, typically B or better.
- The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course which is demonstrated through successful completion of a GAE exam.
- If a
Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) is available for the Introductory Courses, upon successfully completion of a GAE, a waiver will be issued.
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:
Students must also complete
2 of the following courses:
Students must also complete 1 of the following courses (not counting courses taken to satisfy the requirements above):
Major Elective Courses
Students must complete
4 credit hours from a
CSEC label course in the range of 421 or higher or a course from the list of courses below. That course cannot be used to fulfill a student's CSEC Concentration Area or Foundation Course requirements.
CDM Open Elective Courses
Students must complete
8 credit hours from CDM open electives. Elective courses are in the range of 421-699 and must be chosen among
CSC, CSEC, NET, SE, IS, ECT, IT, PM, IPD, HIT, HCI, and GAM courses.
Students have the option of completing the Information Security Governance course (4 credit hours) or 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 Cybersecurity program. A student who completes a Master's Research project also has the option of completing a Master's Thesis.
Information Security Governance course
Computer Information and Network Security Capstone course
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 Cybersecurity program.
A student who is working on a research project and has made an original contribution to their area of study may choose to complete a Master's Thesis. Additional information and requirements for School of Computing students pursuing the thesis option can be found on the SoC Master's Thesis Guideline page.