Master of Science in Cyber Security

Meeting a growing demand: Cyber Security programs at Wright State

The Master of Science in Cyber Security is designed for individuals who want to develop skills to identify and resolve Cyber Security threats. The degree is focused on developing knowledge and skill applicable to protecting computer systems and computer networks. Program strengths include the unique blend of faculty expertise, the well-equipped computer engineering laboratory facilities, and the balance of theory, practice, hardware, and software.



We are accepting students with backgrounds in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems or Electrical Engineering. We are also accepting people working in industry who have a technical background and related work experience.The pathway into the program assumes a student has knowledge that is equivalent to the Wright State courses: CEG 3310 (Machine Organization), CS 3100 (Data Structures and Algorithms) and CEG 4350 (OS Internals and Design). We allow students who do not have formal training in these areas, but have significant experience to take a proficiency exam in each area. A minimum combined GRE score of 298 (1050 under the old scale) is required. The GRE requirement is waived for:

  • Applicants from a U.S. institution with a graduate degree in a science or engineering field
  • Wright State engineering applicants with a BS degree and minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Non-degree Computer Science or Engineering graduate students with 9 or more hours of Computer Science and Engineering graduate courses with a GPA of 3.3 or higher

How to Apply

Graduate students should apply for admission through Wright State's Graduate School.

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Degree Requirements

The entire program requires a total of 30 semester hours of work including 12 hours of core courses, 12 hours of security electives and 6 hours of security project or thesis.

The Cyber Security Core courses are:

  • CEG 6420 Host Computer Security
  • CEG 6430 Cyber Network Security
  • CEG 6424 Security Attacks and Defenses
  • CEG 6750 Information Security

The Cyber Security core courses can be taken in-residence or online as part of the Cyber Security Analytics Certificate Program.

The program requires completion of the following requirements within six years.

30 graduate credit hours of work:

Project Option

Assesses your ability to apply the concepts from your graduate coursework to current, practical problem relevant to the cyber security field. See Requirements for Completing a Successful Cyber Security project for more information.

  • Twelve (12) credit hours of advanced coursework from the six cyber security domain areas.
  • Six (6) credit hours security project


Thesis Option
  • 12 hours of required core courses
  • 9 credit hours of elective courses, and a 9 credit hour thesis.
Cyber Security Elective Courses

  • MTH 6290 Cryptography and Data Security
  • EE 7400 Information Theory
  • EE 7550 Trust in Integrated Circuit Design
  • CEG 6324 Digital Integrated Circuit Designwith PLDs and FPGAs
  • CEG 6360 Distributed Systems & Cloud Computing
  • CEG 6422 Secure Computing Practices
  • CEG 6426 Legal Aspects of Cyber Security
  • CEG 6440 Android Internals and Security
  • CEG 7420 Reverse Engineering and Program Analysis
  • CEG 7450 Advanced Computer Networks
  • CEG 7470 Advanced Wireless Networks
  • CEG 6450 Sensor Networks and Systems
  • CEG 6410 Mobile Computing
  • CEG 7050 Trust in Integreated Circuit Design
  • CEG 7370 Distributed Computing
  • CEG 7380 Cloud Computing
  • CEG 7850 Privacy Aware Computing
  • CEG 7560 Visualization and Image Processing for Cyber Security
  • CS 7600 Trust Networks
  • CS 7900 Analysis and Design of Human-Machine Cyber Security Systems

Requirements for Completing a Successful Cyber Security Project

Show a graduate level mastery over large body of concepts in cyber security. Projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • implementation and/or robust testing of software artifacts relevant to the field
  • replication of previous research results, collection, curation and analysis of real-world or simulation-based data of value for cyber security research
  • conduct a comprehensive literature review in a specific area related to cyber security

How to Complete CS 7960 capstone project - cyber security successfully

Select an advisory committee from the Wright State University Graduate Faculty consisting of a:

  • project advisor
  • one other full or adjunct member

With your project advisor determine and document the:

  • scope of the project
  • specific deliverables such as software, data, or written reports
  • expected outcomes

Produce a written report that details:

  • the project significance
  • related work
  • work completed
  • project outcomes

If your project is a written work, it may also serve as the written report. Written works include a literature review, position paper, or protocol proposal,

You must present and defended your project with a presentation your project committee.  The advisory committee will provide a signed form-indicating acceptance of your project after a successful presentation. This is required for graduation from the program.