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.
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.
Program Learning 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:
- Develop and implement encryption methodologies into secure system solutions.
- Examine and assess the role policy plays in engineering secure systems, technology for policy implementation and the role of policy in driving the composition of cybersecurity solutions.
- Apply the foundational elements of cybersecurity and engineering principles in architecting, developing and fielding secure network solutions against advanced persistent threats.
- Explore the role assurance plays in security, particularly in the development and deployment of software products, and how one must account for this in security planning.
- Design and evaluate trusted systems and implement designs into secure systems.
- Perform system assessments using knowledge of network forensics, technical knowledge that incorporates incident response and continuity planning, as well as knowledge of various types of penetrations an adversary might attempt on an information system.
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: