Dec 03, 2022
Network and system security has become very critical and increasingly urgent in today’s network and information systems. Cybersecurity deals with operations that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. The Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity curriculum includes courses designed to prepare individuals who engineer computer/network systems or develop policy for these systems with knowledge of methods, techniques, and tools used to improve security.
These courses are regularly offered in the late afternoon and evening to provide a more ideal time slot for the working professional.
The Cybersecurity degree program and curriculum are certified by the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS and meet the Information Assurance Professional (4011) Training Standards).
- A Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, computer science, engineering information systems, or equivalent.
- An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0; awarded within the past five years). Applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.0 or with degrees awarded greater than five years ago may be required to take the GRE or may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with a grade point average between 2.75 and 3.0 awarded within the past five years may be admitted provisionally.
- It is recommended the applicant has two years’ experience with commercial, industrial or government software development or system/network administration.
- A concise statement of experience and career goals.
- A complete online application, including official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.
- Knowledge of a modern programming language, e.g., Java, C#, or C++
Degree Requirements (30 credit hours total)
Required Core Courses (15 credit hours, common to all options)
Degree Completion Courses (15 credit hours)
Two options are available: Thesis or Course-Only Option
1. Thesis Option
- Complete CS 7000 Master Thesis (6 credit hours)
A Thesis involves being aware of state-of-the-art research on a topic of choice, and
conducting research under the supervision of a faculty advisor who is an expert in the area.
- Complete three courses from the approved list of courses. The Graduate Studies Committee must approve the courses selected.
2. Course Only Option
Students who choose the course-only option must complete a total of 30 credit graduate hours (i.e. 10 gradute level courses). A non-thesis student must choose and have a faculty advisor during the student’s time at UCCS.
Choose a Computer Science faculty member as advisor, complete a plan of study, and complete five additional courses from the approved list of courses.
Up to 9 hours of graduate work may be transferred from an accredited graduate program, provided:
- The coursework has not been used for any other degree.
- Grade earned for the course(s) is B or better.
- The coursework has been taken within the past six years.
- The course coverage is equal in level, content, and depth to the course for which it is being substituted.
Additional Graduate Degree Requirements
Considering the PhD in Computer Science or Security? A Written Qualifier Exam is required for both degrees.
The Written Qualifier Exam consists of four distinct topics: CS 5700 Computability, Automata and Formal Languages, CS 5720 Design and Analysis of Algorithms, CS 5200 Computer Architecture, and CS 5500 Operating Systems. Waiver to the written qualifying examination will be given if the student has passed the required courses listed above at UCCS with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75.
The Written Qualifier Exam consists of four distinct topics: CS 5220 Computer Communication, CS 5910 Fundamentals of Network and Computer Security, CS 5920 Applied Cryptography, and CS 5950 Homeland Security and Cyber Security. Waiver to the written qualifying exam may be given, if the student has passed the required courses listed above at UCCS with a minimum average GPA of 3.75.