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Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

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Curriculum Designed for Cyber Security Engineers

The 30-unit program consists of ten courses. Courses are offered year-round with three semesters every year; Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each semester lasts 14 weeks.  Students take two courses per semester. Courses run for seven weeks each with a one or two week break in between semesters. This intensive format allows students to focus on one course at a time and to still complete the degree program in 20 months.

On campus courses typically meet twice a week, after hours, for three-hour sessions. Additional homework, research, and study time are required. Students are advised to spend 15-18 hours per week in each course in order to be successful.

NOTE: Courses and units/course subject to change until classes start. Some students may be required to take CYBR 505, Computational Roots of Cyber Security, as a prerequisite.


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Earn your master’s degree online or on campus in just 20 months to position yourself for career success in cybersecurity engineering.

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$1,250
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Student Support

USD provides support services from your initial inquiry through graduation and placement. As a nationally ranked Catholic institution, the University of San Diego is focused on an unwavering expectation: academic excellence. We want to help you become the Changemaker you want to be!


Enrollment Advising

When you first inquire about one of our graduate degree programs, you will be assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor. Your Enrollment Advisor is available to answer your questions, help you assess your eligibility for admission, and guide you through the application process. Your advisor will help you every step of the way from the moment you indicate your interest in a program through the entire application process. Our team of Advisors can even help order your undergraduate transcripts, guide you through the process of writing your admission essay, and ensure you are staying on top of deadlines.

Program Advising

A Program Advisor will be your primary point of contact for support once you are admitted and have formally registered for classes. When you first enroll, your Program Advisor will schedule a 15-minute introductory call to review technology/equipment requirements, connect you with resources for finanacial aid, GI Bill/VA funding, payment plans etc. and help you sign up for the Online Orientationl. Over the course of your program, you’ll work with your Program Advisor to add/drop classes, coordinate credit transfers, and address any technical challenges you might be experiencing. In fact, you can direct most university-related questions to your Program Advisor; if they do not have the answer, they will point you to the available resource that does.

Academic Advising

Each of our graduate degree programs has an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for evaluating applications and admitting new students, monitoring your academic progress and providing guidance as needed. Program Advisors also serve as instructors for their respective programs.

Additional Support

  • Instructor Support –Instructors facilitate your studies throughout the course and will respond to your questions and coursework through the course site.
  • Library Support – You will have access to Copley Library’s online digital databases and other library resources, including the library’s reference services either by phone or email.
  • Technical Support – If you have any troubles with the online learning environment, you’ll find USD’s help desk technical support to be responsive and effective.

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PROGRAM COURSE CURRICULUM

The MS in Cyber Security Engineering program spans over five different semesters which includes a mandatory orientation course. Each semester is fourteen weeks and is split into two different courses. The first course is seven weeks and the second course is seven weeks. Below is a sample outline of what the span of the MS in Cyber Security program may look like:

Semester 1

Course Units

An introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity. This includes understanding the concepts of threats, vulnerabilities, and risk as to t…

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3

This course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of computer networking network defense (fundamentals of network security including pl…

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3

Semester 2-4

Course Units

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity. It includes understanding the concepts of threats, vulnerabilities, and…

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3

This course is an introduction to core principles of modern cryptography and applied cryptographic methods and systems. It includes descript…

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3

In this course the student will be introduced to the approaches for building confidence in the ability of a computer system to correctly enf…

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3

This course continues into the design of secure and sustainable networks. This includes network hardening methods, advanced configurations o…

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3

This course presents various methodologies for performing testing to ensure a system conforms to security standards by; 1-Creating and confi…

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3

In this course techniques for assuring the continued operation of secure systems in contested environments will be explored. The course thro…

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3

Semester 5

Course Units

In Research 1, students will be introduced to a multi domain international company that requires cybersecurity support to update and formali…

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3

In Research II, students will continue the implementation of the capstone case study introduced in Research I a multi domain international c…

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3

PROGRAM COURSE CURRICULUM

The MS in Cyber Security Engineering program spans over five different semesters which includes a mandatory orientation course. Each semester is fourteen weeks and is split into two different courses. The first course is seven weeks and the second course is seven weeks. Below is a sample outline of what the span of the MS in Cyber Security program may look like:

Semester 1

Course Units

An introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity. This includes understanding the concepts of threats, vulnerabilities, and risk as to t…

Read More
3

This course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of computer networking network defense (fundamentals of network security including pl…

Read More
3

Semester 2-4

Course Units

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity. It includes understanding the concepts of threats, vulnerabilities, and…

Read More
3

This course is an introduction to core principles of modern cryptography and applied cryptographic methods and systems. It includes descript…

Read More
3

In this course the student will be introduced to the approaches for building confidence in the ability of a computer system to correctly enf…

Read More
3

This course continues into the design of secure and sustainable networks. This includes network hardening methods, advanced configurations o…

Read More
3

This course presents various methodologies for performing testing to ensure a system conforms to security standards by; 1-Creating and confi…

Read More
3

In this course techniques for assuring the continued operation of secure systems in contested environments will be explored. The course thro…

Read More
3

Semester 5

Course Units

In Research 1, students will be introduced to a multi domain international company that requires cybersecurity support to update and formali…

Read More
3

In Research II, students will continue the implementation of the capstone case study introduced in Research I a multi domain international c…

Read More
3


Calendars

Students are admitted throughout the year for admission into one of three semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Each semester two courses are offered, with students focusing intensively on one course at a time – a total of 7 weeks for each course. An academic calendar for the first year follows.

Admission application packets are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within 1 week from submission.


outcomes

The curriculum is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes, in addition to the graduate learning outcomes shared across all of USD’s Master’s level programs. The Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering program provides knowledge and skill in architecting, developing, and fielding secure network solutions against cybersecurity threats. Throughout their studies, students will:


Test Out Simulation Lab

TestOut is an online service for students working on certifications. It consists of courses taught through “lab sim (simulation)” with text, videos, labs, and assessments. Each course runs approx. $129-$179.

USD students in the CSE program will be required to utilize TestOut as part of the curriculum. Instead of purchasing TestOut for the proper courses outside of Blackboard, the TestOut online service will be embedded in the Blackboard classroom. As soon as they log into their course, they will have access. The “lab fee” will go towards the student’s tuition. The students will only be required to purchase each course once. So, if Security Pro for TestOut is used in 3 classes, the student only has to pay that lab fee once.

While a student will use portions of the TestOut courses, they will not be required to complete the full course, just the professor prescribed exercises. If they do choose to complete the TestOut course in its entirety on their own time, they will be qualified to sit for different certifications (highlighted below). Once a student accesses a TestOut course, they will have access to it for 24 months.

CYBR 501

Security Pro Test Out Course = $129

Prepares students for:
TestOut Security Pro CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501).

CYBR 502

Ethical Hacker Pro Test Out Course = $179
Prepares students for:

TestOut Ethical Hacker Pro EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker

CYBR 503

Security Pro and Ethical Hacking Pro = $0 (since already charged in CYBR 501/502)
Cyber Defense Pro = $109

Prepares students for:
TesOut CyberDefense Pro Certification
CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) Certification

CYBR 504

Security Pro and Ethical Hacking Pro = $0 (since already charged in CYBR 501/502)

Success stories

The support structure with the school itself, with the professors, was excellent. They were always available to answer questions and, more than that, their feedback on assignments was really invaluable.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are classes scheduled to accommodate working professionals?

Yes. The Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering degree program is designed specifically with working professionals in mind, offering both on-campus and online options for maximum convenience.

The online program can be completed on your own schedule (as long as deadlines are met). The on-campus program typically meets twice a week (Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday) with classes scheduled after 6 p.m.

It is important to note that all of our professors are industry practitioners, meaning that they have a significant amount of experience and are often well-respected leaders within the cybersecurity industry.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in 20 months.

Does the program have to be completed within 20 months?

The curriculum schedule functions on a rotational system, meaning that if a student skips a course they will have to wait for the rotation to complete before jumping back in. We encourage individuals who are interested in the program to speak with an enrollment advisor or to work with their program coordinator, who is available to help every step of the way.

How long is each course?

Each course lasts a total of seven weeks with the only exception being introductory courses, which are 14 weeks. Students take two courses each semester, focusing intensively on one course at a time.

Who will benefit the most from this program?

This advanced degree program was designed specifically to help train the next generation of cybersecurity engineers.

For those already working in cybersecurity and looking to take the next step in their career, this is an academically rigorous program — including hands-on coursework utilizing a virtualized Cybersecurity Sandbox — that will prepare you for more advanced positions within the field of cybersecurity engineering.

For students with less experience, who may be at an earlier juncture in their professional career, or for those switching careers from more traditional IT roles, our this program offers a strong and comprehensive foundation, allowing you to quickly advance into your desired career.

Does the program require applicants to take the GRE or GMAT?

No. The admissions committee takes a comprehensive approach when reviewing applications. A GRE or GMAT score is not necessarily a good indicator that someone is, or will be, a successful cybersecurity engineer.

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