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M.S. in Cyber Security Engineering (On-Campus)
As an online student, most of your interactions with the university will be done through various websites. For example:
Our number one priority is you! Our team has prepared a checklist of items that will set you up for success and clarify all action items as a new student. After you have enrolled for your first term, please complete and review all of the following before classes start.
This webinar will go over a comprehensive look at your program and what to expect as an online learner including resources and tips for success. Each webinar should last around 30-40 minutes. Please RSVP for your Welcome Webinar as soon as possible.
If you have already attended or cannot attend any of the listed times, you may view the webinar recording in lieu of attending a live webinar.
In this call, you’ll “meet” a member of your Student Success Team for your program. Once you attend the welcome webinar, you will be given the link to schedule your new student check-in call. This will be a chance for us to answer any additional questions you have before you start your first term. Please be sure to have any Blackboard-related, program-related, or finance-related questions prepared.
Join us on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 4:00 – 5:30 pm @ the Degheri Alumni Center for your New Student Orientation on campus. Please note that this orientation is mandatory for all new students. We are excited to officially welcome you to the program and look forward to meeting you!
Please RSVP for your New Student Orientation, so we can order the appropriate amount of food!
We recommend that students start this planning early as some funding sources can take some time to process. Tuition payments should be completed in full by the first day of the semester. Visit the “Tuition & Payment Methods” section for more information.
Please make sure to review your student handbook prior to the first day of class, and reference it as needed throughout your program. The handbook is where you can find information on academic expectations, drop and refund policy, technology requirements, curriculum, frequently asked questions, and more.
2023 Dates: Monday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 26, 2023
The Graduate Student Success Program is an optional opportunity for students to unpack the hidden curriculum of graduate school, connect with other graduate students across the university, and feel empowered to step into the new identity of being a graduate student and scholar. Through workshops and presentations, our virtual program will address questions such as:
Below is a list of significant dates regarding the registration process, payment deadlines, and other important academic and program deadlines.
Fall 2023 Dates & Deadlines
|Registration Opens||July 3, 2023|
|Registration Deadline||August 14, 2023|
|Financial Aid Requirements||August 14, 2023|
|Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund||September 4, 2023|
|Payment Due Date||September 5, 2023|
|Semester Begins||September 5, 2023|
|First Course Start Date||M/W Class: September 6, 2023
T/Th Class: September 5, 2023
|Last Day to Drop with 95% Refund/ Drop Deadline||September 8, 2023|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course A||October 2, 2023|
|First Course End Date||M/W Class: October 23, 2023
T/Th Class: October 19, 2023
|Second Course Start Date||M/W Class: October 30, 2023
T/Th Class: October 26, 2023
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course B||November 20, 2023|
|Second Course End Date||M/W Class: December 18, 2023
T/Th Class: December 14, 2023
|Semester Ends||December 18, 2023|
Spring 2024 Dates & Deadlines
|Registration Opens||November 1, 2023|
|Registration Deadline||December 15, 2023|
|Financial Aid Requirements||December 15, 2023|
|Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund||January 8, 2024|
|Payment Due Date||January 8, 2024|
|Semester Begins||January 8, 2024|
|First Course Start Date||M/W Class: January 8, 2024
T/Th Class: January 9, 2024
|Last Day to Drop with 95% Refund/ Drop Deadline||January 12, 2024|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course A||February 5, 2024|
|First Course End Date||M/W Class: February 26, 2024
T/Th Class: February 23, 2024
|Second Course Start Date||M/W Class: March 4, 2024
T/Th Class: February 29, 2024
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course B||March 25, 2024|
|Second Course End Date||M/W Class: April 17, 2024
T/Th Class: April 18, 2024
|Semester Ends||April 18, 2024|
Summer 2023 Dates & Deadlines
|Registration Opens||March 6, 2023|
|Registration Deadline||April 21, 2023|
|Financial Aid Requirements||April 21, 2023|
|Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund||May 7, 2023|
|Payment Due Date||May 8, 2023|
|Semester Begins||May 8, 2023|
|First Course Start Date||M/W Class: May 8, 2023
T/Th Class: May 9, 2023
|Last Day to Drop with 95% Refund/ Drop Deadline||May 12, 2023|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course A||June 5, 2023|
|First Course End Date||M/W Class: June 26, 2023
T/Th Class: June 22, 2023
|Second Course Start Date||M/W Class: June 28, 2023
T/Th Class: June 27, 2023
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course B||July 24, 2023|
|Second Course End Date||M/W Class: August 16, 2023
T/Th Class: August 15, 2023
|Semester Ends||August 16, 2023|
You have most likely already filled out an Enrollment Agreement, which enables our team to register you for classes each term. No further action is required on your part.
If you are not able to register for both of your courses in a given term, please contact your program coordinator immediately. This often happens for students who need to take a leave of absence.
Students are required to have their textbooks on hand by the first day of class. Unless otherwise specified, students may select any vendor they prefer (such as Amazon.com, Half.com, Alibris.com, etc.) to purchase their course materials. In the event a specific vendor is required, it will be specified in the course materials list. The best way to ensure that you have the correct book is to search by the ISBN number(s) listed on the book list.
Physical copies of books are not on hand at the USD Torero Store. The USD Torero online store does offer price comparisons for different online vendors for some books.
Although all textbooks for all courses are listed, students only need to purchase the items for the classes they are taking for the semester.
If your course is indicated to have a “Digital Inclusive Access” textbook, you do have the option to use the integrated Vitalsource e-textbook without needing to purchase a textbook through an outside vendor. For more information, view the “Digital Inclusive Access” FAQs document.
Tuition at USD is billed per semester, not per course. Payment (or enrollment in an official USD payment plan) is always due by the first day of the semester. Students may not carry balances from one semester to the next.
Accounts with outstanding balances after the official payment due date may be subject to course cancellations/removal or a student account hold during the semester; related holds can prevent upcoming registration, graduation, or obtaining transcripts.
Remember: tuition is always due by the first day of each semester.
Once you have been registered for your courses, your student account will reflect the appropriate tuition costs according to your program. Your program’s tuition is the following:
Students who need to re-take or withdraw from a course may need to pay additional fees according to the Refund/Drop Deadline policies listed in your Student Handbook.
If you have any questions about your Student Account, please reach out to the One Stop Center via email at [email protected] or phone at 619-260-2700. All costs and fees are subject to change and are based on the academic year of enrollment.
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. $109-$179*. For more details, please see the Student Resources section.
Students will be registered for their prescribed courses each semester. All courses must be dropped prior to the first day of the semester to receive a 100% tuition refund and within the first three days of the start date of the semester to receive a 95% tuition refund. No refund (reversal of tuition) will be provided after the third day of the semester for any class.
You can track your progress toward earning your degree using the Degree Works feature in your MySanDiego student portal. Degree Works shows you which courses you have completed, grades, cumulative GPA, any outstanding graduation requirements, and more!
To access Degree Works:
Submitting your petition to graduate is a requirement for every student. About a semester before your final term, you will be reminded by your Program Coordinator to submit your petition to graduate. Once completed, your Academic Coordinator will review your academic record and contact you if there are any outstanding requirements or issues.
If you are planning on participating in the commencement ceremony (which means walking in your cap and gown here on campus), you will be invited to come to the University of San Diego in the month of May to participate in the ceremony. Commencement details and information will be sent from your Student Success Team around the month of February. Please note, there is only one commencement ceremony each academic year. Fall graduates will be invited to the commencement ceremony the May after they graduate, while Summer graduates will be invited to the commencement ceremony the May before they graduate.
The registrar will process their final audit of the degrees 6-8 weeks after grades are posted for your final semester. Once the degree is conferred in the system, the Registrar will order your diploma from the vendor and the vendor will send it to you directly to the address that was listed on your petition to graduate. Mailing time is an additional 6-8 weeks from the date of order, and you will likely receive your diploma in the mail in 3-4 months after you have completed your degree requirements. *Please note, if your mailing address changes after you submit your Petition to Graduate, please notify the Graduate Records office at (619) 260-2217 or [email protected].
The 30-unit program will consist of ten courses. Courses will be offered year-round with three semesters every year; Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each semester will last 14 weeks. Students will take two courses per semester. Courses will run for seven weeks each with a one or two week break in between semesters. This intensive format will allow students to focus on one course at a time and to still complete the degree program in 20 months.
*Students without specific training in cyber engineering and/or an undergraduate degree in computer science, engineering or computer engineering may be required to take CYBR 505.
An introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity. This includes understanding the concepts of threats, vulnerabilities, and risk as to the definition of “security” for a system. The course will examine types of security policy, provide definitions and examples of contemporary technical, administrative, and physical security controls setting the foundation for system engineering requirements. We will survey common attacks and mitigations, and the shortcomings of common, contemporary cybersecurity models.
The basic concepts of networking, operating systems, and security test tools will be taught through computer virtualization and hands-on labs. Students will develop a penetration testing Cybersecurity Sandbox with multiple virtual machines and demonstrate the use of a set of security test tools.
This course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of computer networking network defense (fundamentals of network security including planning, architecture, system design and deployment, risk assessments, and identifying network security threats from a Cybersecurity perspective). The Cybersecurity network testing will be conducted in the virtualized Cybersecurity Sandbox.
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity. It includes understanding the concepts of threats, vulnerabilities, and risk as the definition of “security” for a system. The course examines types of global security policies, provides the definition and examples of contemporary technical, administrative, and physical security controls, and establishes the foundation for global system engineering requirements. Common attacks and mitigations, and the shortcomings of common, contemporary cybersecurity models are analyzed.
The cybersecurity network testing will be conducted in the student’s Cybersecurity SandBox.
This course is an introduction to core principles of modern cryptography and applied cryptographic methods and systems. It includes a description of common cryptographic algorithms, pseudorandom generators, and encryption. Students will see aspects of applying and assessing cryptographic systems including defense against attacks and vulnerabilities.
Class labs and projects will be conducted in the Cybersecurity SandBox.
In this course, the student will be introduced to the approaches for building confidence in the ability of a computer system to correctly enforce the security policy at every stage of the system development life cycle. Class labs and projects will be conducted in the Cybersecurity SandBox.
This course continues into the design of secure and sustainable networks. This includes network hardening methods, advanced configurations of security devices such in IPS, and secure Cloud Computing. Verification testing of networks configurations utilizing the Cybersecurity Sandbox.
As individuals rise in an organization, they get a wider view of responsibilities, whether that be for their specific unit or the organization as a whole. This course presents various methodologies for performing testing to ensure a system conforms to security standards by; 1-Creating and configuring test environments based on security requirements; 2- differentiating between functional testing and security testing; and 3- introducing static, dynamic, vulnerability, and penetration testing; Labs and projects for the course will utilize the Cybersecurity Sandbox.
In this course techniques for assuring the continued operation of secure systems in contested environments will be explored. The course through lectures, labs, and projects continue to students to use these techniques for the Detection of, response to, and recovery from security incidents. Labs and projects for the course will utilize the Cybersecurity Sandbox.
In Research 1, students will be introduced to a multi-domain international company that requires cybersecurity support to update and formalize the security of the enterprise. Students will be required to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the Cybersecurity Engineering curriculum. The class will be provided a virtual environment with the enterprise systems design in place as per the Case study.
In Research II, students will continue the implementation of the capstone case study introduced in Research I a multi-domain international company that requires cybersecurity support to update and formalize the security of the enterprise. Students will be required to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the Cybersecurity Engineering curriculum. The class will be provided a virtual environment with the enterprise systems design in place as per the Case study.
This list is helpful resources that will set you up for success. Haven’t written in APA formatting since your undergraduate program? We’ve got you covered! Want to know what type of computer you will need? No problem. We have listed helpful resources below.
Students at the University of San Diego are able to download Microsoft Office 365 for free! If you don’t have it already, you can download the Microsoft Office 365 suite using your USD student email.
USD MS Cyber Security Engineering (MS-CSE) courses require students to have access to a Windows Operating System (OS) laptop with administrative rights for classroom labs and projects. Processor speed must be a minimum of 1.5 GHz to adequately support several concurrent virtual machines (VM). RAM needs to be 16GB minimum and ample secondary storage of 500 GB (preferably SSD) hard disk drive. A USB port is highly recommended to support thumb drives and external HDDs and CD/DVD drive as required to facilitate ISO archival for virtual machine OS.
Leading security professional virtualization platforms are predominantly Windows-based. All three of the top virtualizations systems (VirtualBox, VMware, and Hyper-V) are optimally designed for Windows. While we recognize the prevalence of Apple computers across development and design areas, it is necessary to choose a standardized platform that accommodates the greatest degree of software utility and class time efficiency. OSX and Apple/Mac computers are not acceptable computers for the MSCSE Program.
All vehicles—car, motorcycle, or otherwise—that park on USD’s campus are required to have a valid parking permit. Parking regulations are strictly enforced at USD. Please make sure you have ordered your parking permit prior to the first day of class—we recommend ordering it at least three weeks in advance of the semester to ensure it gets to you in time for your first class session.
To order your parking permit:
Once your permit is purchased, please print the payment receipt page. Permits take anywhere from 7-10 business days to arrive once ordered. Until your parking permit arrives in the mail, please leave the receipt page on the dashboard of your car when you come for class.
For more information on parking at USD, visit the Office of Parking Services.
There is very limited housing on campus through Residential Life. If you are interested in living on campus, please contact Residential Life at [email protected] or 619-260-4777.
Housing will only be offered in the Presidio Terrace Apartments and space is limited. We encourage you to also review the Off-Campus Housing website for information on becoming a renter, transportation, parking, and other housing resources. Residential Life also updates Facebook page to help find off-campus housing and help pair roommates but locations are not USD-affiliated.
USD Tram service is not provided between the apartment complex and the main campus. Please use designated walkways and crosswalks to access the main campus. Please make sure to review the Tram Information and Hours page for additional information.
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. $109-$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 you log into your course, you will have access. The “lab fee” will go towards your program’s tuition. You will only be required to purchase each course once. So, if Security Pro for TestOut is used in 3 classes, students 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 18 months.
Looking to use TestOut outside of Blackboard? Take a look at this helpful guide for accessing TestOut.
*All listed fees are subject to change without notice. Additional TestOut fees may apply.
All writing assignments must be formatted according to APA standards. Discussion posts must contain the appropriate APA citations. If you want additional writing support, we recommend Purdue Online Writing Lab ([email protected]). In addition to general writing support, the website includes a special section dedicated to APA formatting guidelines.
Another helpful writing resource is the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) Graduate Student Writing Center. Enrolled students can submit assignments for review by a writing professional.
TimelyCare is a provider of 24/7, no-cost telehealth services for USD students to address common conditions that can be safely diagnosed and treated remotely. TimelyCare services are available at no cost to the student. Services include:
The handbook is where you can find information on academic expectations, drop and refund policy, technology requirements, curriculum, frequently asked questions, and more.
USD does not offer subject-specific tutoring resources, so students who are looking for tutoring support are encouraged to identify a tutor using Wyzant.com.
Please note that Wyzant is not a USD-managed resource, so use them at your own discretion.
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In your program, you can think of Blackboard as your virtual tool to share information with professors and peers. You will use Blackboard to access your course content, find course syllabi, review your assignments, and more. Be sure to use your USD login credential to log in. If you have any difficulty logging into your course, be sure to contact ITS at (619) 260-7900 or [email protected].
The concept of netiquette covers proper communication online. Read our guidelines to help cultivate a supportive and productive online environment.
At USD, you join a community of individuals who are all committed to one common goal: your success. As you familiarize yourself with your team, take the opportunity to virtually meet and connect with the resources available to you as a student. Click on the profiles below to learn more about each office or staff member and watch a brief video about their role in supporting you through graduation.
Whether you’re hoping to find a new job or earn a promotion, USD has a wealth of resources available to prepare you for your dream role.
Tuition for the MS-CSE program is $1,250 per unit.
The MS-CSE program is a total of 36 units.
Students will enroll in two prescribed courses each semester for a total of 6 semester units. Students taking the prerequisite course will only enroll in one course – CYBR 505 – which is 6 units.
The University of San Diego considers 9 or more units as full-time student status. Your program is designed to be part-time, and students enroll in just 6 units per semester. There is no full-time option for this program.
All students are manually enrolled each semester by the USD Student Success team. If you are not able to enroll for a term or if you need to drop your courses, it is your responsibility to notify your Program Coordinator. All students will be held to the respective drop deadlines and refund schedule detailed in your Student Handbook.
Login to your my.sandiego.edu student portal. Under the “My Student Account” tab, review the tutorials for directions on how to view and pay your bill, set up a payment plan, and enroll in eRefund (Direct Deposit). View the “Tuition & Payment Methods” on your Student Success Center for further details.
Log into your my.sandiego.edu student portal and navigate to the “Torero Hub” section on the sidebar. Click on the “My Academics” tab and locate the “View My Grades” link in the top-middle section. Alternatively, you can view your program progress at a glance using the “Degree Works” link.
If you notice a grade inconsistency between Blackboard and your MySanDiego portal, please email your instructor to verify what the final grade should be. Your instructor has the ability to update the posted grade.
Log into your my.sandiego.edu student portal and then use the “Degree Works” link to view your degree audit.
You can find the “Degree Works” link in the Torero Hub under the “My Academics” page. If you are interested in requesting a tailored degree plan, please email [email protected]
If you need to take time off from your program, please email your Program Coordinator or the Student Success team at [email protected]. Since you have submitted your enrollment commitment, our team will automatically register you in courses each term unless you have previously notified the team about taking a break.
To order your official, unofficial, or e-transcript(s), view the transcript ordering options page. Otherwise, you can view unofficial/order official transcripts through your MySanDiego portal. Under the “Torero Hub” sidebar option, click on the “My Academics” page, then click on “Request Official Transcript” under the “My Classes” section.
Congratulations on finishing your program! Diplomas are mailed about 6-8 weeks after the degree requirements have been met and processed. Diplomas are mailed to the current address on file at the time degree requirements are completed. (To check your address information, login to your my.sandiego.edu student portal and view your personal information under My Torero Services.)
You will first be emailed a copy of your e-diploma from Parchment prior to receiving your mailed physical diploma.
Throughout your program and after graduation, your Student Success team is here to help! We recommend contacting your Program Coordinator directly, but you can also email our team address at [email protected]
In addition to our team, your Academic Director is a great resource!
All writing assignments must be formatted according to APA standards. Discussion posts must contain the appropriate APA citations. If you are unfamiliar with APA formatting, or simply require additional writing support, we recommend referencing the Purdue Online Writing Lab (also called [email protected]). In addition to general writing support, the website includes a special section dedicated to APA formatting guidelines.
To further support your writing, we highly recommend using the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) Graduate Student Writing Center. Students are encouraged to submit written course assignments via the digital submission form for online feedback from a professional writing coach. See site for details.
This course moves very quickly, and it is important that you turn in all assignments on or before their due dates. If, because of an emergency, you have missed a week or more of course work, please contact your professor immediately to inform them. While there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to make up your work, informing your professor early is the best way to get back on track and finish your course successfully.
Please do not wait more than a week without informing your professor. If your instructor’s email is not already visible on the Blackboard course, please use the USD directory to find their contact information.