Cybersecurity

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Top of Page

The M.S. in Cybersecurity represents a comprehensive, multidisciplinary curriculum that prepares students to advance their careers and pursue their academic ambitions through leadership and management positions within the cybersecurity field. The degree represents a fully online, asynchronous curriculum comprised of 34 credits to include 7 core courses, 3 track courses, and 2 capstone courses (a one-credit capstone preparation course and a three-credit capstone course) to satisfy degree requirements.  UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior will offer the program jointly. The program will equip students with the skills needed to effectively develop, implement and maintain a security strategy within diverse organizations and industry sectors. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in data and network security, compliance, strategic planning, program design and management, legal and ethical issues in cybersecurity, cryptography, risk management and technical communications. Students must complete one of four unique tracks which assist students in tailoring their coursework to meet their career goals: digital forensics, cyber response, governance and leadership, and security architecture. The curriculum was developed in alignment with defined requirements of the Center for National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) and several established and recognized industry certifications.

Student Learning Outcomes and Program Objectives Top of Page

Students completing the M.S. in Cybersecurity degree will gain the following core competencies:

1. Analyze and resolve security issues in networks and computer systems to secure an IT infrastructure

2. Design, develop, test, and evaluate secure software

3. Develop policies and procedures to manage enterprise security risks

4. Evaluate and communicate the human role in security systems with an emphasis on ethics, social engineering vulnerabilities, and training

5. Interpret and forensically investigate security incidents

Admission and Program Requirements Top of Page

Admission to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Prerequisite coursework in:
    o Introduction to Computer Science (must include significant programming content)
    o Calculus or Statistics (Students will be required to satisfy all program prerequisites prior to formal admission into the program. Academic Directors are provided the option to waive one or more prerequisites based, in part, on student background and work experience.)
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic)
  • Resume
  • Up to 1,000 word statement of personal intent describing decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the information technology field
  • No required aptitude tests (GRE, GMAT, e.g.)

Provisional Admission Process

Provisional admission will be considered using the following guidelines:

  • 2.5 and above at the discretion of the Academic Director and home campus
  • Below 2.5 – with Academic Director Approval – student can remediate by taking two of the following MS-C introductory courses and earning a B or better in each course:

Cybersecurity Fundamentals -- 3.00 credits
Network Security -- 3.00 credits
Cybersecurity and Society -- 3.00 credits

Faculty and Instructional Staff Top of Page

Jonathan Totushek, Assistant Professor, Academic Director
Shin-Ping Tucker, Professor

Curriculum and Courses Top of Page

Core Courses

Cybersecurity Fundamentals -- 3.00 credits
Network Security -- 3.00 credits
Cybersecurity and Society -- 3.00 credits
Cybersecurity Planning -- 3.00 credits
Introductory Cryptography -- 3.00 credits
Managing Security Risk -- 3.00 credits
Communication in Cybersecurity -- 3.00 credits

Track 1 - Digital Forensics

Computer Forensics -- 3.00 credits
Computer Criminology -- 3.00 credits
Network Forensics -- 3.00 credits

Track 2 - Cyber Response (Defense, Incident & Attack Response)

Incident Response and Remediation -- 3.00 credits
Secure Operating Systems -- 3.00 credits
Offensive Security -- 3.00 credits

Track 3 - Governance & Leadership (Communication, Management, Policy, Compliance)

Security Administration -- 3.00 credits
Leadership & Teams -- 3.00 credits
Cybersecurity Management -- 3.00 credits

Track 4 - Security Architecture (Systems, Software, Data)

Security Architecture -- 3.00 credits
Applied Cryptography -- 3.00 credits
Software Security -- 3.00 credits
Cyber-Physical Sys. Security -- 3.00 credits

Capstone Courses

Cybersecurity Pre-capstone -- 3.00 credits
Cybersecurity Capstone -- 3.00 credits