Master of Science in Computer Science - Computer Systems Security

Building on the Master of Science in Computer Science program core, this concentration is intended to provide the foundation and focused knowledge for those interested in the systems security field. Protecting vital enterprise computer systems from unauthorized change, improper access, theft of information and monetary theft can become even more important with the rapid growth of networking, the Internet and e-business. This concentration presents an overview of computer systems security, and is designed to offer the opportunity to attain education competencies in developing a security policy, formulating an implementation plan, designing and implementing security measures and monitoring and managing computer systems security.

CTU’s online Master of Science in Computer Science degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs for 2016 by U.S. News and World Report.*

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity 2014-2021**

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    48
  • Program Availability

    Online | Colorado Springs | Denver

Program Details

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  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    CS627Design and Analysis of Algorithms4
    CS630Modern Operating Systems4
    CS635Computer Networking4
    CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations4
    CS660Database Systems4
    CS672Systems Engineering Methods4
    CS698Computer Science Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:28
    Courses: Concentration
    CS631Digital Forensics4
    CS652Operating Systems Security4
    CS653Network Security4
    CS654Security Management4
    CS661Software Information Assurance4
    Total Credit Hours:20

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Preparatory Requirements

    The CTU Master of Science in Computer Science degree program is designed to provide technical depth in computer science and in the three concentration areas—software engineering, security and database management systems. In order to achieve this depth a solid foundation in mathematics, computer science, and the student’s concentration area is required. In addition, the student must have an intermediate level of ability to program in a current object-oriented programming language such as C++ or Java, such as is provided by CS215 or IT215. Students who have the required background but need to refresh their mathematics skills are highly encouraged to take MATH501. Students who have the required background but need to refresh some of their computer science skills are highly encouraged to take CS500. 

    National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security

    The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recognized Colorado Technical University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD). The CTU cyber security curriculum was certified thereby to map to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units. This recognition and certification is valid through 2021.

    This CAE IA/CD designation is applicable to this degree program.

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  • Outcomes

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity—starting with the right Master of Science in Computer Science degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a Master of Science in Computer Science in Computer Systems Security include:2

    • Software Development Engineer
    • Applications Engineer
    • Systems Engineer
    • Firmware Engineer
    • Data Analyst
    • Java Developer
    • Solutions Architect
    • Programmer/Analyst
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**CTU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity for academic years 2014-2021 for its cybersecurity and information assurance programs

1Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus delivery.

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