Jul 19, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Cybersecurity [M.S.]


New Program | Fall 2019


The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program establishes well-informed and practically grounded graduates in cybersecurity to meet the needs of cybersecurity professionals in public and private sectors to contribute effectively in protecting local, regional, and national security. In addition, the program will equip cyber security professionals to serve as leaders and computer and information assurance research scientists. The program is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of research-oriented students and professionals by offering two tracks with thesis and project options. By completing the program requirements, students will be able to analyze complex cybersecurity problems and apply security principles of cyber security to identify solutions; analyze and evaluate systems with respect to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats; design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of cybersecurity requirements; develop and implement cryptography for information systems; understand and implement advanced security to networks and software; recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in cybersecurity practice based on legal and ethical principles; and be active in state-of-the-art research activities and scholarly funded research activities.

Program Admission


Applicants must:

  • Meet the Graduate School admission requirements
  • Have at least 24 hours of Information Assurance and Cybersecurity courses, including and not limited to networking, digital and network forensics, incident response, operating system security, database management & security, malware analysis, and reverse engineering, defensive and/or offensive security, and policy development and legal issues in information systems. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3. 0 in information system coursework.
  • Preference is given to applicants with an undergraduate degree in information system and cybersecurity or closely related area.
  • Students with non-U.S. post-secondary credentials must submit an evaluation of their international transcripts from one of four approved evaluation services for a detailed, course-by-course report.

International Applicants

Official English Language skills test-IBT, IELTS, MELAB, Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) are required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum scores required are as follows:

Test

Overall Score

Writing Score

IBT

79

19

IELTS

6.5

5.5

CGT

213

5.0

MELAB

83

No minimum

PTE

58

6

For international graduate student additional admission requirements, please visit International Admissions.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet all Graduate School admission requirements may be eligible for conditional admission. Applicants who do not have the required academic background for full admission will be required to complete IA 601  with a minimum grade of ‘B’ prior to being fully admitted. The program advisor or coordinator will determine any additional coursework required for students who are not academically prepared for the program. In some cases, coursework may be replaced by a credential placement test for students who have extensive work experience es in the area of cybersecurity.

School Information


Information Security and Applied Computing Suleiman Ashur, Ph.D., Interim Director | 206 Roosevelt Hall, 734.487.2490, sashur@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Munther Abualkibash, Ph.D., Program Coordinator, 734.487.2490, pc_sisac@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 30 hours


Restricted Electives: 6 hours


Capstone: 6 hours


Choose one of the following capstone options