Degree Requirements

The Masters of Science in Cyber Security Engineering requires completion of 50-53 credits of graduate level coursework from the Computing & Software System Program. Part-time students should plan on enrolling in 5 credits per quarter; full-time students should plan on taking 10 credits per quarter. All students are required to complete all degree requirements within six years of first enrolling.

The 50-53 credit degree requirements breakdown as follows
Course Coursework (31 credits total; must have a grade of 2.7 or higher):

CSS 517: Information Assurance and the Secure Development Lifecycle (5 cr)
CSS 519: Incident Response and Recovery (5 cr)
CSS 527: Cryptography and Data Assurance (5 cr)
CSS 537: Network and Internet Security (5 cr)
CSS 577: Secure Software Development (5 cr)
CSS 578: Vulnerability Analysis & Detection (5 cr)
CSS 599: Faculty Seminar (1 cr)

Writing Courses (1-3 credits total):

Based on Writing Assessment results, students may be required to take one or both classes

CSSSKL 509: Technical Writing (2 cr)
CSSSKL 510: Scientific Writing (1 cr)

Elective Coursework (10 credits total, must have a grade of 2.7 or higher):

A sample of typical elective courses for the Cyber Security Engineering program include:

CSS 518 Human Factors of Cyber Security (5cr)
CSS 538 Security in Emerging Wireless and Mobile Networks (5cr)
CSS 539 Cyber Security in Emerging Environments (5cr)
CSS 579 Malware and Attach Reverse Engineering (5cr)
CSS 600: Independent Study or Research (1-5 cr)

Project or Thesis (10 cr):

CSS 595: Computer Science Capstone Project
CSS 700: Master’s Thesis

Administrative notes:

  • A maximum of 6 credits of CSS 600: Independent Study or Research may be counted towards the elective requirement
  • A maximum of 10 credits of approved CSS 400-level courses may be counted towards degree requirements
  • Pending BOTH CSS Division and UW Graduate School approval, students may include up to 5 credits of graduate-level transfer credits from an accredited outside institution; a minimum grade of 3.0 in each transfer course is required.  Transfer credit is only approved upon petition to the CSS Division Faculty, and petitions will only be reviewed upon acceptance of an admission offer and enrollment to the students desired degree program.
  • Minimum grade of 2.7 in each course required to count towards degree requirements.
  • No more than 12 credits derived from any combination of UW Graduate Non-matriculated credits and transfer credits can be applied.
  • Not more than 12 UW Graduate Non-matriculated credits may be counted (courses in the Masters Preparation Sequence/Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development cannot be counted towards any Cyber Security degree requirements.)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required to graduate.

Effective Autumn Quarter 2017

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