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M.S. in Cybersecurity with Computer Science Emphasis

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program jointly provided by the departments of Information Systems and Technology (College of Business Administration) and Computer Science (College of Arts and Sciences).


The Computer Science emphasis builds on the foundation of an undergraduate cybersecurity or computer science degree and expects students to have prior background in foundational computer science areas or complete some foundational courses upon entry. This emphasis is designed to be focused on technical aspects of cybersecurity and provides greater depth than that afforded at an undergraduate level.

 

Quick Facts

  1. Program Length: 30 Credit-Hours (10 courses)
  2. STEM Designation: Yes. [CIP Code 11.1003 (Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance)]
  3. Admission Requirements:
    1. UMSL Graduate School admissions requirements
      plus
    2. Computer Science Emphasis area specific requirements (see details below)
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Computer Science Emphasis Admission Requirements

In addition to Graduate School admission requirements, the following admission requirements apply for the Computer Science Emphasis.

  1. Undergraduate Degree / GPA: Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably in cybersecurity, computer science, information systems, or a related area.
    • GPA Minimum of 3.25 on 4.0 scale. Students whose overall GPA is 2.75 to 3.24 may be admitted under some circumstances
  2. Competence: Applicants with bachelor’s degrees outside of specified areas must demonstrate significant proficiency by showing competence (proving related academic or professional experience, or taking a test) in the following areas. Courses in parenthesis are UMSL courses that can be used to fulfill the requirement.
    1. Programming skills in C/C++ and Java with at least three college semesters or comparable experience (Cmp Sci 1250; Cmp Sci 2250 and Cmp Sci 2261, or InfSys 3806 and InfSys 3816)
    2. Proficiency with computer organization, architecture, or assembly level programming (Cmp Sci 2700)
    3. Familiarity with Unix/Linux/OSX and with command-line scripting with tools (Cmp Sci 2750)
    4. Students must also have satisfactorily completed mathematics courses equivalent to the following UMSL courses:
      1. Survey Calculus or Calculus I (Math 1100 or Math 1800)
      2. An elementary course in probability or statistics (Math 1320)
      3. A course in discrete mathematics (Math 3000)
A student missing some of the above requirements may be admitted on restricted status if there is strong supportive evidence in other areas. The student will have to take the missing courses, or otherwise demonstrate proficiency. Special regulations of the Graduate School that apply to students on restricted status are described in the UMSL Bulletin.
  1. Entrance examinations: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required only to apply for an assistantship (see http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html).
    • English Proficiency: International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decision is made on admission.

 

Application Materials/Process

  1. Complete Graduate School Application: http://umsl.edu/go/Apply-Now
    • During application, choose: Master of Science Cybersecurity and Computer Science Emphasis
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation (can be submitted online)
    • Letters of recommendations from persons qualified to evaluate the student's recent work are required. A third letter is required to apply for an assistantship.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all universities attended (can be submitted online)
    • Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree and have coursework listed under the under admissions requirements before beginning the master’s program.

 

Application Deadlines

For domestic applicants:

Fall admission: July 1 | Spring admission: December 1 | Summer admission: May 1

For international applicants:

Fall admission: May 1 | Spring admission: October 1

 

Application Fee

$50 for domestic applicants; $40 for international applicants

 

Assistantships

To apply for teaching assistantships/research assistantships, please submit three letters of recommendation and GRE General Test scores to the Graduate Program Director. Please check the program website for deadlines.

 

Contact

Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia, Graduate Program Director
Phone: (314) 516-5743
Email: sanjiv@umsl.edu

 

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all University of Missouri-St. Louis Graduate School degree requirements.

Coursework

Candidates for the M.S. in Cybersecurity with Computer Science emphasis must complete 30 credit-hours of graduate course work, subject to the Graduate School regulations. Of these, at least 18 hours must be numbered 5000 or above. All courses numbered below 5000 must be completed with grades of at least B-. Outside computer science and information systems and technology, up to 6 hours of related course work is allowed upon permission of the Graduate Director.

Computer Science Emphasis
Course # Title Hours
Required Courses   
CMP SCI 4730 Computer Networks and Communications 3
CMP SCI 4760 Operating Systems 3
INFSYS 6828 Principles of Information Security 3
CMP SCI 5732 Cryptography for Computer Security 3
CMP SCI 5782 Advanced Information Security 3
CMP SCI 5888 Cybersecurity Capstone1 3
Required Courses Total 18
Electives (Choose 4. At least 2 must be from Computer Science.) 12
CMP SCI 4700 Computer Forensics
CMP SCI 5750 Cloud Computing
CMP SCI 5794 Security of IoT Systems
INFSYS 6858 Advanced Cybersecurity Concepts
INFSYS 6868 Software Assurance
INFSYS 6878 Management of Information Security
Other electives upon approval of Computer Science Department Chair
Total Credit Hours 30
A student is allowed to work on three credit-hours of Master’s Thesis (CMP SCI 6990) in place of Cybersecurity Capstone (CMP SCI 5888)