Computer Security and Privacy

Major: Computer Security and Privacy
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Computer Security and Privacy (MSCSP)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0 
Co-op Option: Available for full-time, on-campus master's-level students
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 11.1003
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-3021; 15-1212; 15-1231; 15-1241; 15-1242; 15-1243; 15-1244

About the Program

Information technology and data have dominated physical, economic, health, and cultural aspects of the modern world. For example, information technology and data run electronic commerce and global finance; control critical infrastructure that supply water, electrical power and food; and comprise the Internet of Things, which range from smartphones to home appliances and to medical implanted devices.

The great advantages that information technology and data bring are, unfortunately, susceptible to malicious actors, ranging from amateur hackers to hostile nation states, who try to circumvent the mechanisms and policies that are designed to protect computers and data. Stories involving malware, such as ransomware and botnets, infecting government, corporate, critical infrastructure, small businesses and even home networks are now common news.

The MS in Computer Security and Privacy aims to educate students in the science, technology, and policies that are essential to protecting information technology and data. The degree aims to establish the computer science and software engineering system fundamentals needed by the modern security expert, in addition to how these fundamentals, when combined with expert courses in computer security and privacy, lead to a well-rounded education in the domain of computer security and privacy.

Additional Information

For more information about the Master of Science in Computer Security and Privacy degree program, visit the College of Computing & Informatics website.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Computer Security and Privacy accepts applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Please visit the College of Computing & Informatics website for more information on admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses or Additional Electives12.0
Foundation Courses for Students without a CS or SE Background (0-12 credits)
Introduction to Programming
Data Structures and Algorithms
Systems Basics
Introduction to Software Design
Electives CS and SE Courses that can be taken in lieu of Foundation Courses (0-12 credits)
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Advanced Operating Systems
Distributed Systems Software
Data Analysis at Scale
Software Design
Software Reliability and Testing
Software Architecture
Required CS Courses
CS 543Operating Systems3.0
CS 544Computer Networks3.0
CS 613Machine Learning3.0
CS 615Deep Learning3.0
Required Security & Privacy Courses
CS 523Cryptography3.0
CS 590Privacy3.0
CS 645Network Security3.0
CT 605Cloud Security and Virtual Environments3.0
CT 620Security, Policy and Governance3.0
INFO 710Information Forensics3.0
SE 578Security Engineering3.0
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

No Co-op option

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CS 5103.0CS 5433.0CS 5443.0CS 5233.0
SE 5753.0SE 5763.0SE 5773.0CT 6053.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CS 6133.0CS 5903.0CS 6453.0CS 6153.0
CT 6203.0SE 5783.0INFO 7103.0 
 6 6 6 3
Total Credits 45

Full-time, Graduate Co-op option

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CS 5103.0CS 5233.0CS 5443.0Co-op
CT 6203.0CS 5433.0CS 6133.0 
SE 5753.0SE 5763.0SE 5773.0 
 9 9 9 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Co-opCS 5903.0CS 6453.0 
 CS 6153.0CT 6053.0 
 SE 5783.0INFO 7103.0 
 0 9 9 
Total Credits 45
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