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In recent years, the cybersecurity realm has grown in response to the globalized threats that have emerged from intelligence gathering; anti-espionage; cyber warfare; and most importantly cyber-response and defense.

With the increased use of technology worldwide, the threat levels to both organizations and individuals are constantly on the rise. These threats require a multipart operation: 1) monitoring of threats; 2) immediate threat response; and 3) post threat response. In all three cases, the skill set includes computer programming, networking, assessment and analysis, development of solutions and forensics, with reporting skills that must combine technical knowledge, situational management and problem solving, often in high stress environments. 

RWU’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity was created by industry professionals in conjunction with our faculty members to meet this industry demand for trained specialists by providing the most comprehensive education possible.

Students gain the skills necessary to attain a position in cybersecurity immediately following completion of the program.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

This program works to provide students with a thorough grounding in the technology and practice of cybersecurity. The program focuses on development of career professionals wishing to document their skillset, develop their skills in this arena, or improve on their security skill set related to technology. Ideal candidates have some technical background or are willing to pursue study prior to beginning the program to develop their technology background. The program is designed around industry certs and standards and shall provide a diverse background leading to entry level careers (for those transitioning from other areas) and career advancement (for those with prior background in technology). The program is taught online using virtual environments to support simulation and analysis of operating systems. Theory and practice are both considered critical components of the program. Students shall complete a limited on site matriculation for a capstone project and a thesis demonstrating research capabilities.

Applying to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Program

Students should submit an application to the University which includes copies of transcripts (which include: clear indication of the receipt of an undergraduate degree; indication of completion of 2 computer programming courses and two networking courses within the last 10 years or a plan to complete these courses as a deficiency; and a copy of a local BCI (or equivalent document; BCI documents can normally be obtained from a local police agency or other State of Federal institution, assistance from RWU may be obtained for this portion of the application if necessary).

Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity

CJS 542 Digital Forensics I
CJS 545 Law for Forensics Professionals
SEC 600 Security Essentials I
SEC 605 Auditing of Networking, Security, and Technology
SEC 615 Intrusion Detection: Firewalling and Defense
SEC 620 Malware Analysis and Malicious Software
SEC 625 Pen Testing and Incident Response
SEC 630 CyberIntelligence and Cybersecurity
One Elective from SEC 500 or 600 courses (or other approved elective)
SEC 650 Cybersecurity Research and Thesis