Master of Science in Cyber Security

 

Develop skills to identify and resolve Cyber Security threats

Complete this degree online or on campus.
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We give you the flexibility to work this degree into your schedule. You will develop the knowledge and skills applicable to protecting computer systems and networks.

A unique blend of faculty who balance theory, practice, hardware, and software in their courses is available to you. The on campus  courses take place in well-equipped computer engineering laboratory facilities. Our state-of-the-art Virtual Cyber Security Lab (VCSL) allows you to work in a safe environment while practicing what you learn.

 


Admission

The admission process is competitive,a typical successful applicant will  have:

A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field.

  • with at least a computer science and computer engineering GPA of 3.0
  • and at least a combined GRE score of 298

The GRE requirement is waived:

  • for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering from Wright State University, and at least a GPA of 3.3
  • for applicants with a graduate degree in a science or engineering field from a U.S. institution
  • for students registered in non-degree graduate status at Wright State University if their GPA for 9 or more hours of computer science and engineering courses at the 6000 or 7000 level (not including CEG 6350) is 3.3 or higher

Conditional admittance may be granted if you have:

  • an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7
  • and at least a GPA of 3.0 in the course prerequisites

International Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

Program Prerequisites

At least one year of formal coursework in computer programming. Formal coursework in data structures, computer organization, and operating systems is also required.

The materials covered in these courses should be equal to Wright State University courses:

  • CS 1180 Computer Science I
  • CS 1181 Computer Science II
  • CS 3100/5100 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CEG 4350/6350 Operating Systems Internals and Design
  • CEG 3310/5310 Computer Organization

If you do not have a year of formal coursework in computer programming, you may show programming proficiency by:

Students lacking other prerequisite coursework may be assigned additional prerequisite courses upon admission.

Math Prerequisites:

Knowledge of calculus linear or matrix algebra, probability, and statistics is preferred.


How to Apply

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

Not sure if you are eligible for admission or want more information? Please email csegradinfo@wright.edu

 


 Degree Requirements

The entire program requires no less than 30 semester hours of course work including Twelve (12) hours of core courses, and the completion of the Project or Thesis option. This needs to be completed within six years. Our Cyber Security core course are available in class and online.

Cyber Security Core Courses (12 credit hours)

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

Choose between a Cyber Security project or Thesis to complete your degree.

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 elective courses
  • Six (6) credit hours  cyber security project

Thesis Option

  • Nine (9) credit hours of elective courses
  • Nine (9) credit hour thesis.

Requirements for Completing a Successful Cyber Security Project (CS7960) click to expand

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

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 to your project committee.  The project committee will provide a signed form-indicating acceptance of your project after a successful presentation. This is required for graduation from the program.

 Cyber Security Elective Courses

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

 Online Program - Project or Thesis Path

Fall Semester

Core Courses

  • CEG 6430 Cyber Network Security
  • CEG 6420 Host Computer Security

Elective Options

  • CEG 6422 Secure Computing Practices
  • CS 7600 Trust Networks
  • CS 7850 Privacy Aware Computing
  • CEG 6440 Android Internals and Security
  • CEG 7450 Advanced Computer Networks
  • CEG 7470 Advanced Wireless Networks
  • CS 7960 Cyber Project
  • CS 7950 Thesis

Spring Semester

Core Courses

  • CEG 6424 Security Attacks and Defenses
  • CEG 6750 Information Security

Elective Options

  • CEG 6426 Legal Aspects of Cyber Security
  • CEG 7420 Reverse Engineering and Program Analysis
  • CEG 7380 Cloud Computing
  • CEG 7370 Distributed Computing
  • CEG 7450 Advanced Computer Networks
  • CEG  7560 Visualization and Image Processing for Cyber Security
  • CS 7960 Cyber Project
  • CS 7950 Thesis

 Dismissal from the Program

You can find all admission and dismissal guidlines on the Graduate School Poplicies and Procedures page.