Master of Science in Cybersecurity
Online, On-Site (Seattle)
Protect Technical Infrastructures
The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCY) program provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities of national and international concerns in cybersecurity defense and attack. The program aligns with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Body of Knowledge for NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operation (OP) and Cyber Defense (CD) with technical and non-technical cores. The program also offers the opportunity to understand the role of government and industry in securing and protecting assets.
Courses focus on cybersecurity innovations, people, processes, and infrastructures to protect and secure organizations. Students graduate with the leadership and technical skills required to influence the way cybersecurity is implemented and consumed in organizations.
In the MS Cybersecurity (MSCY) program, you will study a core of basic cybersecurity standards and practices, which include courses such as Cybersecurity Overview, System Security, Human and Organization Security, Ethical Legal and societal Security, Network and wireless Security, Data Privacy and Security, Software Security, and Component Integration Security.
In addition to taking these core courses, you can specialize in Cyber Defense or Cyber Operations.
Students complete an additional six credits from advanced courses in either Computer Science (Cloud Computing), Data Science (Data Mining), IT Management, or an opportunity to select an internship option. Every student completes a Capstone before graduation.
Center for Information Assurance Education
CityU is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The Center’s mission is to conduct programs, courses, research, and consulting in Information Assurance.
In the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, students learn to:
Integrate a foundational knowledge of all areas of advanced cybersecurity
Apply fundamental principles and practices of advanced cybersecurity
Apply critical and ethical thinking to solve problems in advanced cybersecurity
Evaluate data to inform decisions and solve problems in advanced cybersecurity
Create the ability to develop and express ideas while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles
Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is required to enroll in this program.
The School of Technology and Computing encourages students with non-technical bachelor’s degrees to pursue the MSCY. Preparatory courses for the degree include:
CS 132 Computer Science I
CS 330 Network Communications
IS 340 Operating Systems
IS 360 Database Technologies
Total Required Credits: 39 Credits
Core Requirements (24 Credits)
ISEC 500 Cybersecurity Overview
ISEC 505 Systems Security
ISEC 510 Human and Organization Security
ISEC 520 Ethical, Legal, and Societal Security
ISEC 525 Network and Wireless Security
ISEC 545 Data Privacy and Security
ISEC 612 Software Security
ISEC 628 Components Integration Security
Depth of Study (6 Credits)
Depth of Study 1: Cyber Operations
CS 533 Computer Architecture
CS 622 Discrete Math and Algorithms for Computing
Depth of Study 2: Cyber Defense
ISEC 605 Cybersecurity Auditing
ISEC 640 Software Reverse Engineering
Choice (6 Credits)
CS 504 Software Engineering
CS 519 Cloud Computing Overview
DS 515 Data Science Overview
DS 520 Data Mining
ITMGMT 510 Managing the Technology Project
ITMGMT 570 Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure
ITMGMT 575 Technology Implementation and Change
CS 685 Cybersecurity Internship (Repeatable)
Capstone (5 Credits)
ISEC 655 Cybersecurity Capstone
Cybersecurity is a growing profession. Globally the demand for cyber talent will exceed 1,000,000 by 2022. Within the United States, cyberseek.org updates the demand for cybersecurity openings.
MSCY prepares graduates to fill positions in multiple disciplines using the socio-technical and management skills honed throughout the degree.