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.
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.
Capstone (one is required)
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 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 is granted only to those with high promise for success in graduate study. Applicants demonstrate this potential through previous academic records and testing.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, applicants must:
Applicants whose Bachelor of Science degree is not in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Software Engineering are required to demonstrate proficiency or take the following prerequisite courses: Object Oriented Programming, Data Structure and Algorithms, Discrete Math, and Calculus I and II.
Some other courses are considered a plus to excel in this program. For example, Probability Theory, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture.