Master of Science in Cyber Security

The Master of Science in Cyber Security program is designed to provide professional preparation for private, public and non-profit sector professionals in the field of cyber security. The curriculum delivered in an accelerated 18-month cohort model, requires completion of six (6) core and four (4) elective courses. The program culminates with a cyber-security research project supervised by a faculty member. The purpose of the Master of Science in Cyber Security program is to prepare students for professional careers in cyber security. The program aims to provide a learning experience for the students to develop technical skills in protecting IT infrastructures, operating system, and networks from intentional and unintentional information security breaches. The curriculum learning outcomes are designed for the acquisition of advanced expertise in the area of cyber security, including the protection of computers, networks, programs form unauthorized access, alternation or damage of data. The program’s strengths include a robust academic curriculum, high quality expert instructors, accelerated format (18-month model); and affordability. The Master of Science I Cyber Security will position its graduates to become leaders in the field of cyber security. A classes are scheduled to accommodate late afternoon, evening, and weekend classes.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, locate, and interpret cyber security research of cyber threats originated from policies, practices, and products to information systems and the infrastructure.
  • Compare and contrast legal, ethical, technical and policy issues in cyber security.
  • Evaluate different approaches to vulnerability assessment, risk mitigation, auditing, and information systems certification.
  • Design a cyber security system that protects its own data.
  • Design and evaluate information systems in regard to their security and protection of its own data.
  • Perform an advanced computer forensics investigation and evaluate system networks.

Following are general requirements for this course

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Good standing at the last institution
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted.
  • International Students must provide an evidence of one of the following:
    • A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT)
    • A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam
    • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS,or
    • A score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Depending on the type of the undergraduate degree held, the applicants may be admitted with either a classified or conditional admission status.

Full Admission

In order to be admitted with a classified status, the applicant must meet all general admission requirements and hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology (CT), Information Technology (IT), Computer Science(CS) or a related subject.

Conditional Admission

The applicants holding bachelor’s degrees in the fields not related to Computer Science, may be considered for a conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students may have to fulfill additional requirements before they attain a classified status. These additional requirements, which will be determined by evaluating applicant’s transcripts and work-related experience, include an evidence of mastery of the key concepts in the following topic areas:

• Computer Hardware and Tools

• Computer Programming

• Operating System and Networking

• Dynamic Web Programming

• Network Security

• Introduction to Statistics

Or take the Cyber Security Certificate of Completion at CSUDH: (three 2-unit courses)

• IT Fundamentals

• Network and Hardware

• Cyber Security

The program consists of 30 units: six core courses totalling 18 units and 12 units of electives. The last course, CYB 590, is a culminating experience consisting of a student-developed cyber security research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

(A) CORE COURSES (18 UNITS):
CYB 501Foundation of Information Security
CYB 528Foundations of Cyber Forensics
CYB 538Information Security Policy and Procedures
CYB 555Information Assurance and Network Security
CYB 584Software Project Planning and Management
CYB 590Graduate Project
(B) ELECTIVES (12 UNITS):
CYB 529Advanced Cyber Forensics
CYB 548Advanced Operating Systems Security
CYB 551Data Communications and Computer Network
CYB 552Advanced Hacking Prevention
CYB 562Advanced Communication System Security
CYB 572Secure Cloud Computing