M.S. in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

Program Director

Ayad Barsoum, Ph.D.

Cyber threats are emerging more than ever in today’s digital world, and organizations are faced with constantly staying a step ahead to avoid falling prey to cybercriminal 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 cyber 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 a hands-on experience of how to protect networks, computers, programs, and institutional data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.

Non-Thesis/Project Option

Cybersecurity Core
CS 6330Advanced Network and Data Communications3
CS 6362Computer Security and Privacy3
CS 6366Mathematics for Cryptography3
EG 6396Applied Cryptography3
EG 7314Software Security3
CS 6395Project3
Elective Courses
Select 15 credit hours from the following15
Computer Network Security
Cloud Computing Security
Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime
Preparation for Security Certification
Cybersecurity Risk Management
Cybersecurity Policy and Law
Internship
Internship
Internship
Wireless Security
Total Semester Hours33

Thesis Option

Cybersecurity Core
CS 6330Advanced Network and Data Communications3
CS 6362Computer Security and Privacy3
CS 6366Mathematics for Cryptography3
EG 6396Applied Cryptography3
EG 7314Software Security3
CS 6391Thesis I3
CS 6392Thesis II3
Elective Courses
Select 12 credit hours from the following12
Computer Network Security
Cloud Computing Security
Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime
Preparation for Security Certification
Cybersecurity Risk Management
Cybersecurity Policy and Law
Internship
Internship
Internship
Wireless Security
Total Semester Hours33