Master of Cybersecurity

About

Student points at computer in Cybersecurity class. Cyber threats are a constant concern in today’s digital world, and organizations are faced with constantly staying a step ahead of cybercriminals to prevent attacks.

In response, the Department of Computer Science at St. Mary’s University offers a master’s program that will provide students with knowledge, skills and best practices on how to monitor, secure and safeguard an organization’s digital assets.

A uniquely St. Mary’s program, the Master of Science in Cybersecurity combines technical rigor with sound ethics and implications to the law.

Students will take courses in risk management, wireless security, computer forensics, mathematics for cryptography, and cyber law to get hands-on experience with protecting networks, computers, programs, and institutional data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.

Degree Plans

Master of Science in Cybersecurity — Degree Plan
Certificate in Cybersecurity — Degree Plan

Program of Study

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program consists of 33 credit hours: five required courses, five elective courses and three credit hours of a capstone project.

Students may also choose a thesis option, which consists of 27 credit hours of course work and six credit hours of thesis work.

Foundational Courses

  • Mathematics for Cryptography
  • Advanced Network and Data Communication/Computer Networking
  • Computer Security and Privacy
  • Software Security
  • Applied Cryptography

Capstone (one is required)

  • Project
  • Thesis

Elective Courses

  • Computer Network Security
  • Wireless Security
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime
  • Cybersecurity Policy and Law
  • Preparation for Security Certification
  • Internship
Career Opportunities

Cybersecurity graduates can provide their expertise in the public and private sectors, benefiting the needs of large and small businesses, the U.S. government and military, contractors, and research organizations.

In San Antonio alone, the cybersecurity field is rapidly growing, with employers including NSA/CSS Texas; the 24th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber); the 25th Air Force (Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance); the U.S. Air Force Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division; and numerous military contractors such as General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Booz Allen Hamilton located in the area.

Additionally, Southwest Research Institute, USAA, Rackspace, Digital Defense and IPSecure represent a few of many private organizations that hire cybersecurity professionals.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a closely related discipline. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline, such as Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics may be admitted upon evaluation from the program director.

For specific admission requirements, visit the catalog here.

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