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Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

Cyber Security Engineering for Real-World Application

This on-campus Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering (MS-CSE) program is offered through University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. The program emphasizes ethics, applied and theoretical technical knowledge and skills, cross-domain learning and a mission-centric focus — essential training for the information security practitioners (public or private) who protect the prosperity and safety of companies, communities and the nation. The information security graduate program is academically rigorous, focusing on the engineering aspects of software and hardware security.

Integrative Approach

Students in the MS in Cyber Security Engineering will benefit from a program that draws upon an integrated approach to cyber security education that has been iteratively designed with industry, military, intelligence community and government stakeholders who can specifically describe the types of knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the mitigation of modern threats. Furthermore, the curriculum is designed by instructors with years of applied experience protecting national assets from the worst types of cyber threats. The curriculum is dynamic, timely and mission-focused.

Who is the Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering Program For?

The Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering program is designed for professionals and bachelor-prepared students who want to effect positive change in engineering solutions to mitigate cyber security threats. Applicants come from varying backgrounds and fields including:

  • traditional educational paths
  • the military
  • the intelligence community
  • industry
  • government
  • law
  • eCommerce
  • private and public safety agencies
  • technology industries

Degree Requirements

The 30-unit program consists of 9 courses. Some applicants may be required to take CYBR 505 as a prerequisite to the program.

  • Computational Roots of Cyber Security (CYBR 505)**
  • Foundations of Cyber Security (CYBR 500)
  • Applied Cryptography (CYBR 520)
  • Security Policies (CYBR 530)
  • Security Assurance (CYBR 540)
  • Secure Network Engineering (CYBR 550)
  • Trusted Systems Design, Development and Analysis (CYBR 560)
  • Secure Systems Engineering (570)
  • Digital Forensics and Incident Response (CYBR 580)
  • Cyber Security Operations (CYBR 590)

For full course descriptions visit the curriculum page.

Why Choose the University of San Diego

  • Top 100 nationally ranked university
  • Curriculum dedicated exclusively to critical aspects of cyber security
  • Immersive and unique career-building education
  • Complete the degree in 20 months

Frequently Asked Questions

Are classes scheduled to accommodate working professionals?
The fully on-campus M.S. in Cyber Security Engineering degree program was designed specifically with working professionals in mind. All courses will always be offered in the evening. In addition, classes are typically held twice a week (Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday) and courses typically begin after 6:00 p.m. in the evening. 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 cyber security industry.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The on-campus 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 that 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.

Is the program fully on campus or are there some online requirements?
The program is fully on campus. University of San Diego offers two master’s degree programs in cyber security. The Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering is fully on campus and the Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership is 100% online. Students who are enrolled in the on-campus program are never required to take courses online.

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

Does the Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering 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 cyber security leader/professional.

Who will benefit the most from this program?
The program was designed specifically to help foster the next generation of cyber security leaders, regardless of where they may fall within the cyber security spectrum. For students already in cyber security looking to take the next step in their career, our program offers an academically rigorous program that will prepare you for more advanced positions within cyber security engineering. For students with less experience, who may be at an earlier juncture in their cyber security professional career, or for those switching careers from more traditional IT roles, our degree program offers a strong foundation, allowing you to  quickly advance into your desired career.

*Tuition amounts shown here, or in other university publications or web pages, represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, University of San Diego reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at USD at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors.
**Some applicants may be required to take CYBR 505, Computational Roots of Cyber Security, as a prerequisite.
USD is unable to accommodate international students who require an F1 student visa. Contact an enrollment advisor if you are interested in our program, but do not meet all listed admissions requirements.

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