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Develop skills to identify and resolve cyber security threats.
Complete this degree online or on campus.
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.
A solid background in these core computer science skills will help you with your graduate degree:
The entire program requires no less than 30 semester hours of course work including 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 is available in class and online.
View the Master of Science in Cyber Security program information, outcomes, and requirements in the Academic Catalog.
Complete a program study that meets the NSA specifications and receive notation on your transcripts indicating you have completed this cyberdefense concentration.
Program of Study consists of the following:
6 required courses:
1 elective course
9 credit hours of thesis
Wright State University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through academic year 2025 for the Master of Science in Cyber Security with CyberDefense Concentration.
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:
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.
Knowledge of calculus linear or matrix algebra, probability, and statistics is preferred.
Show a graduate level mastery over large body of concepts in cyber security. Projects may include (but are not limited to):
Select an advisory committee from the Wright State University Graduate Faculty consisting of a:
With your project advisor determine and document the:
Produce a written report that details:
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 defend 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.
GRE scores are optional during the COVID19 pandemic
The admission process is competitive. Successful applicants will usually meet the following expectations:
Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be eligible for admission if their combined GRE score exceeds 298. Likewise, students with a combined GRE below 298 may be eligible if their GPA is higher than 3.0.
The GRE requirement is waived:
If you do not meet the admission expectations above, you may still be considered for admission. We will take into account your current academic and professional achievements when making this decision. In particular, students with a higher GPA in the last two years of their undergraduate degree, or high grades in computer science and mathematics coursework are often eligible for admission.
International students must meet English language proficiency requirements. Please contact the University Center for International Education for more information on the admissions process for international students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find all admission and dismissal guidelines on the Graduate School Policies and Procedures page.