Computers and the services provided by them are ubiquitously available. The number of services provided by networked computers networked is ever increasing along with increasing penetration of computers into a wide spectrum of products, from microwaves to satellites. 

Master of Science in
Cybersecurity Engineering

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

Computers and the services provided by them are ubiquitously available. The number of services provided by networked computers networked is ever increasing along with increasing penetration of computers into a wide spectrum of products, from microwaves to satellites. The growing use of computers and their networking and information sharing also bring forth cybersecurity challenges. These issues are of growing importance both nationally and internationally. As the news of a breach can result in severe damage to an organization, cybersecurity considerations take place from design and implementation of systems all the way to the decommissioning of systems. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering degree program prepares students to address challenges in development of secure systems and well as maintaining secure operations, maintenance, as well as decommissioning of these systems. Cybersecurity professionals are increasingly in demand in both public and private sectors.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering degree is housed in the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering.

Typical First Year

A typical first year will include core courses such as Computer Security, System Exploitation and Penetration Testing, and Software Security Assessment

Degree Requirements

The master degree in Master of Science in  Cybersecurity Engineering  is granted to students who complete the course work described below. The program consists of 18 credits of core courses and 12 credits of advisor-approved electives. The electives can be completed in one of three modes:

  • All courses: 12 credits of advisory-approved electives;

  • Courses plus a one-semester capstone: Nine credits of advisory-approved electives, plus the one-semester capstone project leading to a conference paper or technical report equivalent;

  • Courses plus a six-credit thesis: Six credits of advisor-approved electives, plus a six-credit research thesis by publication based on a journal paper, multiple conference papers, or technical report equivalents.

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Degree Requirements

The master degree in Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering is granted to students who complete the course work described below. The program consists of 18 credits of core courses and 12 credits of advisor-approved electives. The electives can be completed in one of three modes:

  • All courses: 12 credits of advisory-approved electives;

  • Courses plus a one-semester capstone: Nine credits of advisory-approved electives, plus the one-semester capstone project leading to a conference paper or technical report equivalent;

  • Courses plus a six-credit thesis: Six credits of advisor-approved electives, plus a six-credit research thesis by publication based on a journal paper, multiple conference papers, or technical report equivalents.

Program Core Requirements

CS 529Computer Security3
CS 527System Exploitation and Penetration Testing3
CS 532Software Security Assessment3
CS 538Applied Cryptography3
SE 500Software Engineering Discipline3
SYS 505System Safety and Certification3
Total Credits18

Thesis Option

Program Core18
Open Electives6
CS 700Graduate Thesis1-6
Total Credits25-30

Non-Thesis: Capstone Project Option

Program Core18
Open Electives9
CS 690Cybersecurity Engineering Capstone Project3
Total Credits30

Non-Thesis: Course Only Option

Program Core18
Open Electives12
Total Credits30
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Interested in Starting your Master's
During your Bachelor's Program?

The Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering offers an accelerated program that allows well-qualified students the chance to begin their graduate work for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering (MSCE) while finishing their Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Embry-Riddle.

Learn more about our Combined and Accelerated Degree Programs