Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

The field of cyber security engineering is concerned with the development of cyber-resilient systems that include the protection of physical as well as computer and network systems. It requires a proactive approach in engineering the design of systems, with cybersecurity incorporated from the beginning of system development. The purpose of the MS in Cyber Security Engineering is to provide students with the currently rare combination of highly technical knowledge and skills, cyber security expertise, and a holistic systems engineering perspective. The program provides instruction on the design, planning, and management of systems and procedures for protecting critical physical and cyber infrastructure from external threats, including terrorism. The program provides students with the deep technical foundations of cyber security in the form of software, hardware, networking, and cryptography, as well as systems engineering tools and methods to design and secure complex cyber physical systems. Students learn homeland security policy, critical infrastructure policy, information security, matrix vulnerability assessment, threat assessment, physical security, personnel security, operational security, contingency planning, case analyses of specific industries and systems, redundancy planning, emergency and disaster planning, security systems, and intelligence operations. Graduates are prepared to design and implement secure complex and cyber-physical systems consisting of software, hardware, and networking components; respond to, investigate, and remediate incidents involving these systems; and develop offensive and defensive tools and techniques to attack and secure these systems.

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

The MS in Cyber Security Engineering will build on the body of knowledge acquired in undergraduate programs of study in engineering, computer science, or closely related disciplines.  As such, applicants will be expected to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, or closely related disciplines and to have completed the engineering math sequence as well as courses in probability and statistics, and computer science.  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required.

Policies

Students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits beyond the bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher, with no more than 6 credit hours of C grades. The plan of study includes a 21 credit required Core component which includes a mandatory capstone course, and 9 credits of electives.

Banner Code: VS-MS-CYSE

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Required Coursework
AIT 660Cyber Security Fundamentals3
CS 571Operating Systems3
or CYSE 570 Fundamentals of Operating Systems
CYSE 580Hardware and Cyber Physical Systems3
CYSE 610Networks and Cybersecurity3
ECE 646Applied Cryptography3
SYST 687Cybersecurity Systems Engineering3
CYSE 690Cybersecurity Engineering Capstone Project 3
Electives
Select three courses from the following:9
Cloud Computing Security
National Security Technology and Policy
Malware Reverse Engineering
Penetration Testing in Computer Forensics
Kernel Forensics and Analysis
Analysis of Financial Decisions
Learning From Data
Learning From Data
Advanced Applied Cryptography
Information Systems Analysis and Design
Operating Systems Security
Secure Software Design and Programming
Secure Software Design and Programming
Total Credits30