MS in Cybersecurity Engineering

The new Master’s of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering will give you the skills, knowledge and expertise to work in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity and design, engineer, and architect cybersecurity technology and systems.

Cybersecurity has been and continues to be one of the most growth-oriented career fields in the computer science domain. The total size of the cybersecurity workforce is expected to rise to six million globally by 2019. Graduates of this program will be equipped with the theoretical and hands-on engineering expertise to solve complex cybersecurity problems affecting diverse enterprises worldwide

All students in the MS in Cybersecurity Engineering program must have previously completed (as documented by their undergraduate transcript), successfully test to place out of, or complete at the start of their program, the following courses: CSE 501N Programming Concepts and Practice and CSE 502N Fundamentals of Computer Science, or equivalent courses offered at other institutions.

Core Courses
CSE 422S
Operating Systems Organization
3 units
CSE 433S
Introduction to Computer Security
3 units
CSE 473S
Introduction to Computer Networks
3 units
CSE 523S
Systems Security
3 units
CSE 571S
Network Security
3 units

Program Electives (choose three)
CSE 434S
Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis
3 units
CSE 522S
Advanced Operating Systems
3 units
CSE 544T
Special Topics in Computer Science Theory (Adversarial AI)
3 units
CSE 569S
Advanced IoT, Real-Time, and Embedded Systems Security
3 units
CSE 637S
Software Security
3 units
Cybersecurity Analytics
3 units
Cybersecurity Risk Management
3 units
The Hacker Mindset: Cyber Attack Fundamentals
3 units

Culminating Experience (choose one)
CSE 598
Master's Project
6 units
CSE 599
Master's Research (Thesis)
6 units
(6 units required, typically completed over the course of two semesters)

General Degree Requirements

  • Students who have already taken core or elective courses specified by the program can, with departmental approval, substitute other courses that are suitably technical and appropriate to the degree program. Departmental approval will require justification and shall be evaluated with increasing stringency for each additional substitution.
  • None of the 30 units may be taken as independent study (i.e., CSE 400 or CSE 500).
  • Courses with an "N" designation do not count toward the master's degree.
  • All courses must be taken for a grade of C- or better.
  • As per Engineering School guidelines, students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.70.

Additional Cybersecurity Program

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