Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concentration, M.S.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the program is competitive. Preference is given to students with undergraduate preparation in computer science or professional experience in computing. Strong students from other disciplines are also encouraged to apply. Students judged to be able to successfully complete the program but lacking background in computing will be required to take up to four additional courses.


The graduate program in computer science prepares highly skilled professionals with advanced expertise in creating and maintaining secure and reliable computing systems. This concentration leads to the Master of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Program

Director: M. Hossain Heydari

We are committed to providing a premier cybersecurity education that equips graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement and maintain secure modern information infrastructures and systems. Students can expect to finish their studies in two to three years, depending on their background and the number of courses they take per semester.

This program is cohort based and is offered 100% online, satisfying all requirements for the Master of Science program. This program is especially appropriate for people with professional interests in cybersecurity. The distance-learning courses are available only to students in the cybersecurity concentration, who will pay a different tuition rate than students taking traditional courses at the university.

Further information can be obtained from our website at

Concentration Requirements

Total: 27 Credit Hours

Thesis Route:

Total: 33 Credit Hours

Non-Thesis Route:

  • Approved Electives 6 Credit Hours
Total: 33 Credit Hours

Preparatory Courses

Depending on undergraduate background and work experience, students may be required to take one or more of the following preparatory courses. These courses do not satisfy degree requirements for the cybersecurity concentration.