Cybersecurity

Master of Science: 45.0 quarter credits (or 48.0 credits for the 6-month graduate co-op option)

About the Program

As a greater percentage of people worldwide use computers, there is a marked increase in cybersecurity concerns. Motivated through discussions with the National Security Agency (NSA), Drexel University's MS in Cybersecurity program prepares students with both academic and practical training to be competitive in today's rapidly changing technical landscape. The program provides deeply technical and specialized training and enable graduates to understand, adapt, and develop new techniques to confront emerging threats in cybersecurity.

Administered by the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department in the College of Engineering, this program is interdisciplinary in nature and includes courses from  Drexel University's  iSchool, College of lnformation Sciences and Technology as well as the Goodwin College for Professional Studies. Topics covered include the principles of computer networking, probability concepts, techniques for analyzing algorithms, as well as ethics of privacy, confidentiality, authenticity, medical information, copyright, intellectual freedom, censorship, social networking and cyberbullying.

The program offers multidisciplinary "research rotations" as an independent study component of the degree program, and a graduate co-op option for credit.

Additional Information

For additional information about this program, please visit the ECE Department's Cybersecurity degree page.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program encompasses a minimum of 45.0 or 48.0 (with the 6-month graduate co-op option) approved credit hours, chosen in accordance with the following requirements. A plan of study should be arranged with the departmental graduate advisors, and in consultation with the student's research advisor, if applicable.

The required core courses provide students with a theoretical foundation in the field of cybersecurity and a framework to guide the application of knowledge gained in technical electives to the practice of cybersecurity.

Core Courses
CST 510Ethics, Privacy and Legal Issues3.0
INFO 517Principles of Cybersecurity3.0
INFO 725Information Policy3.0
Networking Foundation3.0
Computer Networks
Principles of Computer Networking
Mathematical Foundations3.0
Data Structures and Algorithms I
Probability & Random Variables
Cybersecurity Technical Electives *18.0
General Electives **12.0
Total Credits45.0


*

Cybersecurity technical electives are used to build a deep understanding  of one or more areas of technical expertise within the field of cybersecurity. All students are required to take a minimum of 18.0 credits of cybersecurity technical electives. Students choose cybersecurity  technical electives from the graduate course offerings of the Department of Computer Science; the Department of Computing and Security Technology, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

**

General electives are the remaining courses needed to reach the minimum credit hour requirement for the degree program. General electives can be chosen from among the graduate course offerings of The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology; the Department of Computer Science; the Department  of Computing and Security Technology; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mathematics. In order to have courses outside of these departments and schools count towards degree completion, they must be approved by the departmental graduate advisors prior to registration for said courses.


Graduate Co-op/Career Opportunities

Graduate Co-Op

Students may choose to participate in the graduate co-op program, working on curriculum related projects. Up to 6.0 credit hours can be earned for a six month full-time co-operative education experience in the industry. There are two options. Students participating in a three month full-time  co-op experience earn 3.0 credits, which is the equivalent of one general elective course. Students engaging in a six month full-time co-op experience earn 6.0 credits, of which 3.0 credits is be considered equivalent to a general elective course; the other 3 credits are considered an additional course, increasing  the total minimum credit requirement  for graduation from the MS program with a six month full-time graduate co-op to 48.0 credits.

Further information on the Graduate Co-Op Program is available at the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center.

Career Opportunities

The program was deliberately designed to address needs of the Federal Cyber Service, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Agency. The program strengthens ties between these agencies and Drexel University and will provide professional opportunities for students pursuing this degree.

Research

Students in the MS in Cybersecurity program opportunities to perform research-oriented coursework for academic credit.  Research-oriented  coursework can bdivided into three categories: research rotations, master’s thesis, and independent research.

A  total of 9.0 credits of research-oriented coursework may be counted towards the minimum credit hour requirement of the degree program. These credits are considered general electives.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Kapil Dandekar, PhD (University of Texas-Austin) Director of the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL); Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering. Professor. Cellular/mobile communications and wireless LAN; smart antenna/MIMO for wireless communications; applied computational electromagnetics; microwave antenna and receiver development; free space optical communication; ultrasonic communication; sensor networks for homeland security; ultrawideband communication.
Rachel Greenstadt, PhD (Harvard University). Assistant Professor. Artificial intelligence, privacy, security, multi-agent systems, economics of electronic privacy and information security.
Constantine Katsinis, PhD (University of Rhode Island). Associate Professor. High-performance computer networks, parallel computer architectures with sustained teraflops performance, computer security, image processing.
Steven Weber, PhD (University of Texas-Austin) Assistant Department Head for Graduate Affairs, Electrical and Computer Engineering. Associate Professor. Mathematical modeling of computer and communication networks, specifically streaming multimedia and ad hoc networks.
Christopher C. Yang, PhD ( University of Arizona, Tucson). Associate Professor. Web search and mining, security informatics, knowledge management, cross-lingual information retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, information visualization, information sharing and privacy, digital library, and electronic commerce.
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