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Cybersecurity, M.S.

Requirements

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is intended for individuals who desire to acquire additional cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to pursue new or advance existing careers in cybersecurity. The program is also designed for individuals who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in cybersecurity or related fields. The program focuses on the managerial and technical perspectives of cybersecurity through extensive use of case-studies and hands-on lab exercises.

Total Program Credits: 30
Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution in one of the following fields*: Information Systems, Information Security, Information Technology, Computer Science.
  2. Admissions essay.
  3. Completed application for admission.
  4. Official transcripts from all attended institutions of higher education.
  5. Two letters of recommendation
Discipline Core Requirements: 21 Credits 
  IT 6300 Principles of Cybersecurity  3
  IT 6330 Cybersecurity Operations  3
  IT 6350 Law/Ethics/Privacy in Cybersecurity 3
  IT 6370 Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment  3
  IT 6740 Advanced Network Defense and Countermeasures  3
  IT 6770 Cybersecurity Management 3
  IT 6900 Cybersecurity Capstone 3
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits 
Choose 9 credits from the following: 9
  IT 6660 Advanced Network Forensics (3.0)  
  IT 6750 Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis (3.0)  
  IT 6780 Secure Coding (3.0)  
  INFO 6420 Web and Mobile Application Security (3.0)  
  or other departmental approved electives  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete all courses with a grade of B- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.Courses must be finished within a five-year period. No courses will apply toward graduation that are older than five years.
  2. Courses must be finished within a five-year period. No courses will apply toward graduation that are older than five years.

Footnote: *Applicants who have bachelor's degrees in other fields may be admitted to the program if they have at least two years of technology or cybersecurity industry experience and have completed undergraduate courses in data communication, programming, and server administration with a grade of C+ or better. Students may also take a comprehensive exam on these topics to satisfy this admission requirement. These applications will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

 Se,ester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
IT 6300 Principles of Cybersecurity  3
IT 6330 Cybersecurity Operations 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
IT 6740 Advanced Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
IT 6350 Law/Ethics/Privacy in Cybersecurity 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
IT 6370 Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment 3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
IT 6770 Cybersecurity Management 3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Elective   3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
IT 6900 Cybersecurity Capstone 3
  Semester total: 3
  Degree total: 30

Department

College of Technology & Computing

 
 
Information Systems and Technology Graduate Studies
  • Advisor: Julie Harps
  • Office: CS 635
  • Telephone: 801-863-8403
  • Email: JHarps@uvu.edu
Utah Valley University offers post-baccalaureate programs in Cybersecurity for students who wish to complete advanced studies in the field of cybersecurity. These programs are designed to provide students with advanced technical and managerial knowledge of cybersecurity, preparing them for senior technical and leadership roles in the field. Coursework includes a balanced approach, combining critical analysis of cybersecurity theory with hands-on education for essential applied cybersecurity techniques and tools.
To be successful, students should have a strong background in technology. Students should have completed undergraduate work in a related field or have applicable work experience. For those who do not meet this requirement, select undergraduate courses are available to provide the foundational knowledge needed. Please contact the academic
 Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate program consists of 18 credits of graduate-level courses. The curriculum includes cybersecurity operations, advanced network defense, cybersecurity management, case studies, secure coding, ethical hacking, and the legal and privacy implications of cybersecurity.

 Master of Science in Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity builds on the curriculum for the Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate and includes 12 additional credits including topics, such as advanced penetration testing, reverse engineering, and advanced network forensics. The program culminates with a capstone project where students showcase their skills and abilities.

Admission Requirements

Potential students must apply for admission into the program. To be accepted, students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Information Systems, Information Security, Information Technology, or Computer Science. However, applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree in another field may be admitted to the program if they also have at least two years of IT or cybersecurity industry experience and have completed undergraduate courses in data communication, programming, and servers.

 Cybersecurity Advisory Board

  • Dan Anderson, Consultant, Spectra
  • Vance Checketts, High-Tech COO, EMC2
  • David Glod, VP of Information Security, Mountain America Credit Union
  • Gary Glover, Director of Security Assessments, SecurityMetrics, Inc.
  • Steve Leyba, Service Area Director, Department of Workforce Services
  • Angela Madsen, Operations Manager, Department of Workforce Services 
  • Robert Schroader, President, CEO, Paraben Corporation
  • Justin Searle, Managing Partner, UtiliSec
  • David Winberg, Director, NSA-Utah
Tuition Tables

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

 
 

Faculty

Basil Hamdan(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty

Department: Information Systems & Technology Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Accounting, M.B.A., MIS, East Carolina University; Ph.D., Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Robert Jorgensen(2013)

Sr. Professional In Residence

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty

Department: Information Systems & Technology Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University; M.S., Information Systems, University of Utah.

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Careers

Cyber security is a critical part of our digitally connected lives. From the public sector to private industry, organizations are seeking cyber security professionals to protect their critical data. In addition to cyber security specialists, there is a demand for other technology and business leaders to have a solid understanding of the principles and application of cyber security.

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