Cybersecurity

As technology threats continue to grow worldwide, so does the demand for highly trained cybersecurity experts. RWU’s Cybersecurity degree combines technical skills, situational management and problem solving to train you for a career in information security. Created in partnership with industry professionals, this cutting-edge program is taught online using virtual environments to simulate the operating systems that you’ll monitor on the job.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

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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.

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

CJS542Digital Forensics I
CJS545Law for Forensics Professionals
SEC600CyberSecurity Essentials I
SEC605Auditing of Networking, Security, and Technology
SEC615Intrusion Detection: Firewalling and Defense
SEC620Malware: Analysis and Malicious Software
SEC625Pen Testing and Incident Response
SEC630CyberIntelligence and Cybersecurity
One Elective from SEC 500 or 600 courses (or other approved elective)
SEC650Cybersecurity Research and Thesis 

Graduate Cybersecurity Certificate

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This certificate allows individuals the opportunity to explore cybersecurity without the technical requirement commitment.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in order to be eligible for Graduate Certificate Admission.

Other admission requirements are:

  1. Application Form
  2. Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  3. All University required fees

Required Courses:

SEC600CyberSecurity Essentials I
SEC605Auditing of Networking, Security, and Technology
SEC630CyberIntelligence and Cybersecurity

*A student may be awarded the Master of Science in Cybersecurity after the successful completion of the three certificates, Digital Forensics, Cyberspecialist, and Cybersecurity.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity/ Juris Doctorate Dual Degree Program

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Offered with the RWU School of Law.

Drawing on the strengths of the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies and School of Law, RWU offers a concentrated joint degree program for students interested in cybersecurity. The dual degree program allows matriculated students to complete the Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCyber) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) in an accelerated period of study. The School of Justice Studies and the School of Law will each accept 12 transfer credits from the other, allowing students to save money and reduce the overall time needed to complete both degrees.

Students interested in completing the dual degree program must complete the following process to be considered for the M.S. Cybersecurity/J.D. dual degree program:

  1. Apply to and be accepted to the J.D. program in the School of Law and adhere to the J.D. application instructions and requirements including application and testing deadlines.
  2. After starting your studies in the J.D. program, complete the graduate application to be considered for the Cybersecurity program as a dual degree student. You should indicate the Cybersecurity/J.D. dual degree program as your intended program on the Graduate Application.
  3. If you are accepted to the Cybersecurity program, you may begin your Cybersecurity coursework only after completing your first year of J.D. studies. If you begin Cybersecurity coursework prior to starting the J.D. program, you may not be eligible for the benefits of the shared coursework of the dual degree. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 401-254-6200 or gradadmit@rwu.edu with questions.

Course Requirements for the M.S. Cybersecurity/J.D. Dual Degree Program

Students in the dual degree program complete six courses (18 credits) in the Cybersecurity program and receive four transfer courses (12 credits) from the J.D. program to complete the requirements for the M.S. Cybersecurity degree.

The following six (6) core courses are required in the Cybersecurity program to fulfill dual degree requirements:

CJS542Digital Forensics I *
SEC500Introduction to Cybersecurity
SEC600Cybersecurity Essentials I *
SEC605Auditing of Networking, Security and Technology *
SEC630Cyberintelligence and Cybersecurity *
SEC650Cybersecurity Research and Thesis

* Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are counted as elective credit toward the J.D. program for dual degree students, provided that all four are taken after admission and subsequent enrollment in the J.D. program.


Four (4) of the following courses (12 credits) may be transferred from the J.D. program to fulfill the remaining requirements of the M.S. Cybersecurity program. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better for courses to count toward the M.S. Cybersecurity program.

LAW627Criminal Procedure: Investigation
LAW760Constitutional Law II
Two of the following courses:
LAW677Privacy
LAW740Intellectual Property
LAW794National Security
LAW797Corporate Counsel Externship & Corporate Counsel Seminar

 

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Douglas White Program Director Cybersecurity

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Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.S. in Cybersecurity Program, applicants do not need to hold an undergraduate degree from a computer science-related field. However, applicants must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have a minimum level of computer science knowledge. Some students may be required to take the following prerequisite courses offered online:

  • SEC 430 Special Topics: Accelerated TCP/IP Networking Concepts
  • SEC 430 Special Topics: Accelerated C++ Programming

Contact the Program Director, Professor Doug White at (401) 254-3165 or dwhite@rwu.edu for details.

To apply, submit the following required materials:

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  2. Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential for success in graduate school
  3. A letter of intent describing your interest in the program, what you will add to the program, and your professional plans. 
  4. Criminal background check (BCI check) from your state of residence (applicants who need assistance with this process should contact the Office of Graduate Admission)
  5. Completed online application and $50 application fee

International applicants should also read through this page for additional requirements.

Preferred Application Deadline: August 1 for Fall, December 15 for Spring, April 15 for Summer

All documents to be mailed should be sent directly to:

Office of Graduate Admission
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

For more information, or if you have questions about the application process please contact us at any time.

Facts

  • Delivery Method: Online
  • Start Term: Fall
  • Course Load: Full-time or Part-time
  • Tuition: $843/credit (30 credits)
  • Admission Deadlines: Rolling

Potential Employers

  • US Government
  • Fidelity
  • Dell Secureworks
  • Raytheon
  • State Police
  • Banks
  • Hospitals
  • Military