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.
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.
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
- 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 Cybersecurity 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. |