The MSIT–Cybersecurity is a 100% online, instructor-led degree program. Its convenient format enables students to continue working while earning their degree and to apply what they learn in the classroom to their work environment.
The program begins with a two-week orientation. Learn more about the orientation, online learning activities and program structure on our admissions requirements page.
Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems faculty members developed many of the online MSIT–Cybersecurity courses with input from industry professionals and, in keeping with higher education best practices, the school encourages faculty to both adhere to a syllabus and to bring their own interests and passion to the courses they teach.
Our students partner with faculty on research, in collaboration with:
- Top agencies to solve problems including mobile forensics, skimmer fraud and biometrics
- Corporations and startups to address IT challenges including e-commerce and cloud computing
Designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), all of the School’s cybersecurity courses map to the rigorous standards established by these agencies.
The online MSIT–Cybersecurity provides students with the opportunity to customize their education to meet their specific needs and career goals. Academic advisors work closely with students to create a personalized academic plan. A broad array of electives enables students to bridge knowledge gaps, acquire specialized knowledge, gain broader exposure to the IT ecosystem, or get a leg up on emerging industry trends.
The program culminates with a Capstone Project, giving students the opportunity to delve into an area of interest with the enthusiastic support of one of our distinguished faculty members; Charles Tappert, PhD, professor of computer science, Fulbright scholar, and consultant to leading companies, teaches the Capstone Project course, which many students report is a highlight of their Seidenberg School education.
Students are required to take 30 credits to complete the MSIT-Cybersecurity degree. The program requires three core courses, four courses in the Cybersecurity specialization, two additional electives, and a Capstone Project course.
MSIT–Cybersecurity: Core Courses
Integrated hands-on coverage of fundamental concepts and technologies for enterprise and Internet computing. Topics include data storage; XML data specification, parsing and validation; data and language translation; networking and Web technology overview; software framework technology for controlling software system complexity; and a roadmap for the enterprise computing technologies.
*Core courses can also be used as electives in consultation with a faculty advisor.
Cybersecurity Courses (12 credits)
Capstone Project (3 credits)
All students are required to complete the Capstone Project course as the culmination of their MSIT–Cybersecurity degree.
In this project-oriented course, student teams develop real-world computer information systems for actual customers. Students learn the importance of a systematic approach in the process of developing robust computer information systems, the management of projects, how to interact with customers and conduct requirements analysis, and the technical and soft skills required. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and knowledge in technical areas that have real value in the workplace.
Depending on the nature of a project, the technical skills can involve e-commerce and Internet technologies, security testing, client-server systems, especially those with Web interfaces to backend databases, relational databases, Web design and interfaces. In addition to technical skills, students develop problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. By working on real-world systems with actual customers, the students learn the appropriate skills–both technical and soft–for filling meaningful roles in the professional IT workplace.
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Students, in consultation with their advisor, may choose two courses for a total of six credits from the following list of suggested IT courses, provided they have taken the prerequisites. Alternatively, they may choose any Seidenberg School graduate course or any Lubin School of Business graduate course (MBA/MGT/MAR), provided they have taken the prerequisites and have obtained the chair’s approval.
- IT 605 Database Management Systems (3 credits)
- IT 607 Systems Development and Project Management (3 credits)
- IT 610 Web Development with Content Management Systems (3 credits)
- IS 612 Object Oriented Concepts and Development (3 credits)
- IT 614 Responsive Web Development with HTML/CSS and jQuery (3 credits)
- IT 624 Application Development with .Net and Web Services (3 credits)
- IT 626 Concepts and Structures in Internet Computing (3 credits)
- IT 632 Internet Computing with Distributed Components (3 credits)
- IT 634 Introduction to Data Mining (3 credits)
- IT 636 XML Application Development (3 credits)
- IT 640 Introduction to Cloud Computing Technology (3 credits)
- IT 670 Mobile Forensics Investigation (3 credits)
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