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Degree Plan Cyber Security

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Cyber Security Admission Criteria

Approved University Admission
1-page essay stating the reasons for applying to the program and career goals
Resume reflecting work experience and educational background
Official GRE or GMAT Data (Note:  Student must have a Graduate Admissions Index of 980)

*Formal Admission to the MS-CIS program

Students should submit official transcripts and GRE scores to the Office of Admissions. Program specific requirements such as essays, letter of recommendation, resumes, and/or writing samples should be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions.

Cyber Security Concentration

Prerequisite Leveling – 18 semester hours

3 s.h. of programming and data structures using an object-oriented programming language
3 s.h. of programming and data structures using and object-oriented programming language
3 s.h. of information systems in organizations
3 s.h. of Calculus, Discrete Structures, Discrete Mathematics, Operations Research, or Management Science
3 s.h. of Statistics
3 s.h. of Management 

(Documentation of prior learning which satisfies program prerequisite knowledge in part of full is required for determination of equivalencies and/or waivers. The student may directly submit to the CIS Graduate Program Advisor a portfolio of work for evaluation for exempting one or more prerequisite/leveling course. Such work may include non-credit or non-academic course work, certifications held and other experiential knowledge in subject area. Such exemption will be solely at the discretion of the CIS Graduate Program Advisor, and may involve interviews, tests, or contact of references. No such waiver for non-academic experience will be done for any part of the 36 s.h. beyond the pre-req/leveling courses).

Core – 15 semester hours

COSC 6336 Database Design
COSC 6342 Software Engineering/Project Management
COSC 6350 System Analysis and Design
COSC 6339 Network Design and Management
COSC 6325 Policy, Strategy, and Ethical Issues in IS

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Specialization – 18 semester hours

Cyber Security Concentration 

Must choose 9 semester hours (3 courses) from the following to fulfill the cyber security concentration requirements:

COSC 6312 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
COSC 6326 Applied Cryptography
COSC 6356 Network Security
COSC 6355 Internet Security
COSC 6327 Cyber Forensics
COSC 6354 Cloud Security

Select 9 semester hours (3 courses) from the list below or any other graduate level COSC or GMNG course. 2 Thesis courses are required if Thesis Option is approved by Thesis Advisor.  (See restrictions at Thesis Options for additional information.)

    COSC 6300 Special Topics in CS/IS
    COSC 6310 Multimedia Development and Programming
    COSC 6329 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
    COSC 6337 Web Mining and Info Retrieval
    COSC 6328 Deep Learning
    COSC 6341 Internet Programming
    COSC 6343 Intelligent Agents and Apps
    COSC 6347 System Admin
    COSC 6348 Natural Language Processing
    COSC 6349 Computer Vision and Image Processing
    COSC 6351 Decision Support Systems
    COSC 6353 Info Systems Security
    COSC 6357 Web Engineering
    COSC 6359 Cloud Computing
    COSC 6344 Advanced IT Project Management
    COSC 6312 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
    COSC 6326 Applied Cryptography
    COSC 6356 Network Security
    COSC 6355 Internet Security
    COSC 6327 Cyber Forensics
    COSC 6354 Cloud Security

Integration Course – 3 semester hours

COSC 6390 Integrating the Enterprise, IS Function/Technologies

Thesis Option:

COSC 6308 Master’s Thesis
COSC 6309 Master’s Thesis

Academically strong students may advance their knowledge in a particular area of CIS via this option. Pre-approval by faculty under which student has obtained a 3.0 GPA (Thesis Advisor) is required.