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M.S. in Cyber and Information Security

Computer Science, Mathematics and Science

Overview

The M.S. in Cyber and Information Security at St. John’s University is a 30 credit master’s program that combines cybersecurity and information science. It is designed with cybersecurity specialists, IT enterprise professionals, and data scientists in mind. However, the knowledge it provides can serve the cybersecurity skills needs of the wider community of IT managers and computer professionals.

Given the pervasive nature of cyber threats this master’s program gives students an edge in the job market and the world around them.

It appeals to students who want to become cybersecurity specialists as well as data scientists already in the field who need to upgrade their skills. It is designed to accommodate both students with undergraduate degrees in IT and Computer Science as well as career changers. 

The program offers a learning path flexibility with:

  • Hybrid courses
  • The ability for career changers or those with no undergraduate computer science background to use electives to acquire the required credits in programming and networking science.

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Admission

To be admitted to the M.S. in Cyber and Information Security program all applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited university.

  • Resume/ Curricula Vitae.
     
  • Two letters of recommendation.
     
  • A personal statement explaining the student’s career objectives, interests, and academic and professional background that are relevant to the degree program.
     
  • A base knowledge of programming and networking is required.  This knowledge can be demonstrated via transfer courses, undergraduate studies, work experience or industry certifications.  Deficiencies can be made up by taking undergraduate, graduate or other comparable courses; conditional admission may be extended to these candidates.

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Courses

CORE COURSES: 12 credits

12 credits in:

  • CYB 611 - Foundations in Cybersecurity (3 credits)
  • CYB 615 - Protection of Digital Infrastructure (Network Security) (3 credits)
  • CYB 621- Cybersecurity

Program Directors or Chair will make final evaluation of all student applications.

Laws, Regulations and Best Practices (3 credits)

  • CYB 625 - Principles of Secure Scripting and Cryptography (3 credits)

SPECIALIZATION: (9 credits from one of the following tracks)

CYBER SECURITY:

  • CYB 711 - Intrusion Detection and analysis ( 3 credits)
  • CYB 715 - Penetration testing and ethical hacking ( 3 credits)
  • DFR 711 - Cyber-Forensic and Malware Analysis( 3 credits)

DATA SCIENCE:

  • CUS 510 - Database System Design and Data Warehousing ( 3 credits)
  • CUS 680 - Distributed Big Data Analytics ( 3 credits)
  • CUS 610 - Data mining and Predictive modeling ( 3 credits)

IT ENTERPRISE:

  • IT 711 - Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance ( 3 credits)
  • IT 715 - System Analysis and Process Re-engineering ( 3 credits)
  • IT 721- IT Project Management and Agile Methodologies ( 3 credits)

All students will choose a Thesis or Capstone Option (6 credits)

Master’s Thesis Option: a)  CYB 795 Thesis I (3 credits) plus CYB 796 Thesis II (3 credits)*

Capstone Option:  CUS 790 Master’s Capstone Project( 3 credits) and one additional elective course (3 credits)

*Students who do not meet pre-requisites may need to take additional courses towards the 30 credit degree if they choose the thesis option.

Elective courses (up to 6 credits)

With their advisor, students will have the opportunity to choose up to 6 credits of elective courses depending on pre-requisites and their selection of the thesis or capstone option to fulfill their 30 credit requirement.

 

Additional Information

State-of-the-art learning resources: St. John’s has a newly constructed Cybersecurity lab and classrooms. There are additional financial resources available through a donor’s endowment to support students and faculty research and student engagement.

The program supports the core Vincentian values of compassion and service in providing students with technical skills that can be used to combat poverty, disease, crime, as well as provide solutions in healthcare. It will utilize new instructional labs in St. Augustine Hall to provide maximum support for students’ academic success.  

Career Outcomes

The 30-credit M.S. degree program in Cyber and Information Security aims to prepare students with the required qualifications to become:

  • Information Security Analysts
  • IT Security Architects
  • Data Security Analysts