Master's in Cybersecurity Online
Master of Science in Computer Science - Cybersecurity Engineering
Cybersecurity has never been more important to organizations in both the public and private sectors. The Master of Science in Computer Science degree with a concentration in Cybersecurity Engineering from Colorado Technical University can help you prepare to develop security policies and procedures to protect valuable data, networks and devices.
The Master of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Cybersecurity Engineering at CTU:
- Has a curriculum that was acknowledged by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency as mapping to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units
- Is ranked among the Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News and World Report for the seventh year in a row*
CTU helps adult students succeed with flexible online courses that accommodate busy schedules. Learn more about the program below. Or speak to an advisor by filling out the form to the right.
* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Programs.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity 2014-2021**
- January 25, 2022
- March 01, 2022
- April 12, 2022
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Effective July 2, 2019, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Colorado Springs and Aurora campuses.
Prior to January 2018, this concentration was known as Computer Systems Security.
The MSCS program is designed to provide students with a strong and broad Computer Science related technical background as well as systematic, analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills that enable them to contribute as a professional or a subject expert to a variety of Computer Science or Software Engineering related technical roles, including but not limited to Computer and Information Research Scientists, Information Security Analysts, Computer Programmers, Software Developers, Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers, Computer Systems Engineers/Architects, and Computer Science Teachers.
The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree program includes core courses which are designed to provide relevant and advanced instruction in a set of Computer Science’s most important subjects such as computer algorithm, operating system, database, security, and networking, as well as software engineering. In addition, the MSCS degree program has a General Track as well as three concentrations: Data Science, Software Engineering and Cybersecurity Engineering. Each concentration provides a set of courses which are designed to equip students with additional domain knowledge such as principles, processes and methodologies, as well as best practice on how to apply relevant computer software or other computing technologies in the concentration subjects.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology Mission Statement
Through innovative industry-current curricula and technology-enabled student-centered teaching, the College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology empowers students to become motivated, creative, ethical, and skillful professionals who can resolve challenges in Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology in order to meet the needs of the digital economy.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS627 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 4 CS630 Modern Operating Systems 4 CS635 Computer Networking 4 CS651 Computer Systems Security Foundations 4 CS660 Database Systems 4 CS672 Systems Engineering Methods 4 CS698 Computer Science Capstone 4 Total Credit Hours: 28
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS631 Digital Forensics 4 CS652 Operating Systems Security 4 CS653 Network Security 4 CS654 Security Management 4 CS661 Software Information Assurance 4 Total Credit Hours: 20
Total Credit Hours: 48
Accreditations and Alignments
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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MSCS Foundation Requirements
The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid computer science background. Therefore, the MSCS program requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core computer science disciplines to be successful.
Students entering into the MSCS program without a bachelor’s degree in either computer science or computer engineering will be required to successfully complete two MSCS foundation courses (CS503 and CS505) covering the following discipline areas of computer science: discrete math; programming language; object-oriented programming; data structure; algorithms; and algorithm analysis.
If a student can show evidence of satisfying the foundation course objectives through coursework from an accredited institution, the foundation requirement can be waived.
The foundation courses are also available to students with an undergraduate computer science degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.
The MSCS foundation course CS503 must be completed and passed prior to beginning courses in the MSCS program. Students will need to complete and pass CS505 prior to the end of the first quarter.
Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Success department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.
Students who do not meet the MSCS foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MSCS program.
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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