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:

  • The MSCS-CSE curriculum was acknowledged by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency as mapping to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge units.
  • For the fourth year in a row, CTU’s online Master of Science in Computer Science degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

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.

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)

Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    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
    Courses: Concentration
    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

    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.

    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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**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