Cybersecurity, M.S.
Graduate Degree
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Program Overview

In today’s world, cyber security is key to almost every business and organization. Professionals in computer and information security defend digital information on computers and their servers, mobile devices, networks and other electronic systems from cybercrime and attack. They have a wide range of responsibilities with different roles in government, industry and other organizations. On the job, they are expected to safeguard an organization’s data, computers and networks, as well as creating security plans and monitoring activities. If a breach occurs, they’re responsible for identifying the problem and finding a solution quickly. It requires well-trained professionals skilled in network security, information security and application security to help organizations remain safe from the risk of digital attacks, and we at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, prepare our students well for these challenges.

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Featured Courses
CYBR 510 - Intro to Cyber Security
This course provides an overview of the cybersecurity field, the basic foundations of the current technology and its impacts along with the predominant threat components and remediation.
CYBR 620 - Cyberwarfare
The course covers both offensive and defensive techniques pertaining to cybersecurity from techniques to find vulnerabilities and analyze the likelihood of an attack to developing solutions to secure cyber infrastructure.
CS 625 - AI Principles & Methods
Study of machine learning and statistical pattern recognition algorithms and their application to data mining, bioinformatics, speech recognition, natural language processing, robotic control, autonomous navigation, text and web data processing.
Program Highlights

Cyber security has moved to the forefront for organizations and governmental agencies with high demand, and in an ever changing technological environment the need for cyber security experts will continue to grow.

Well Compensated

Cyber security professionals are among the most highly paid, post a 9% salary premium over other IT jobs. A security software engineer receives an average annual salary of $233,333, while a chief security officer brings in an annual salary of $225,000.

Incentives for Higher Ed

The drastic skill gap between cyber security job requirements and the level of skills of fresh bachelor of science graduates has led the government and private sector to offer financial incentives for those looking to pursue a degree in cyber security, such as the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service (SFS), the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) and more.

Career Opportunities
Cyber security is a national priority, and the is a severe talent shortage in the cyber security field. Analysts have estimated 1.5 million cyber security job openings in 2019. If you have been considering entering the field or advancing your career within the computing industry, this is the field of choice While the opportunities and job openings in the cyber security field are high, you need to be highly educated to maximize the benefits of this opportunity and to land highly paid jobs. A recent report shows that 84% of cyber security postings require at least a bachelor’s degree and 23% require at least a master’s. A master’s degree in cyber security is valuable, as many employers seek a combination of both experience and education.
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Security Specialist
  • Cryptographer
  • Security Administrator/Manager
  • Security Architect
  • Security Consultant
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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Transfer Criteria

Applicants should follow the admissions process stated in the graduate catalog or the graduate admissions web site. Minimum requirements for admission is a four-year bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher out of 4.0 in Cybersecurity or computer science related programs.

Whether a student meets the above requirements will be determined by the chair or designee of the Department of Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering, based on the information provided in the admission application and transcripts. Applicants with a four-year bachelor’s degree in a major other than a cybersecurity or computer science related program may be admitted to the program with a condition of successful completion of the following three bridge courses with a grade of B or above in the first two semesters of the program:

  • Data Structures and Algorithms (CS 210 Data Structures and Algorithms)
  • lnternetworking (CS 320 Internetworking)
  • Statistics (STA 225 Introductory Statistics (CT) or STA 345 Applied Prob and Stat)

Foreign nationals must provide proof of English proficiency with a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS or 80 on the TOEFL IBT (or 550 paper-based) and must have met all other admission criteria prior to registering for the first semester of courses.

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