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.

Project Option (Non-Thesis)

Foundational Courses
CS 6330Advanced Computer Networks3
CS 6362Computer Security and Privacy3
CS 6369Cryptography Principles and Practice3
EG 7314Software Security3
Elective Courses
Select 18 credit hours from the following18
Computer Network Security
Cloud Computing Security
Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime
Preparation for Security Certification
Mathematics for Cryptography
Cybersecurity Risk Management
Cybersecurity Policy and Law
Internship
Internship
Internship
Wireless Security
Comprehensive Project
CS 6395Project3
Total Semester Hours33

Thesis Option

Foundational Courses
CS 6330Advanced Computer Networks3
CS 6362Computer Security and Privacy3
CS 6369Cryptography Principles and Practice3
EG 7314Software Security3
Elective Courses
Select 15 credit hours from the following15
Computer Network Security
Cloud Computing Security
Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime
Preparation for Security Certification
Mathematics for Cryptography
Cybersecurity Risk Management
Cybersecurity Policy and Law
Internship
Internship
Internship
Wireless Security
Thesis
CS 6391Thesis I3
CS 6392Thesis II3
Total Semester Hours33