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.

For the third year in a row, CTU’s online Master of Science in Computer Science degree programs were ranked among the 2017 Best Online Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

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**

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TOTAL CREDITS

48

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online
  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    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
    Courses: Concentration
    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

    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.

  • Tuition

    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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  • Outcomes

    This degree program is designed to provide the following skills and knowledge:

    • Assess the need for, and make recommendations on the technical requirements necessary for the implementation of an effective security infrastructure
    • Recommend and defend the implementation of security components at the operating system and network level to include considerations for cloud computing and virtualization
    • Develop effective enterprise level security policies, standards and procedures including business continuity
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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