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.

  • 34 credits of core coursework; grade 2.7 or above:
    CSS 514: Security Policy, Ethics, and the Legal Framework
    CSS 515: Contemporary Topics in Information Assurance
    CSS 517: Information Assurance and the Secure Development Lifecycle
    CSS 519: Incident Response and Recovery
    CSS 527: Cryptography and Data Assurance
    CSS 537: Network and Internet Security
    CSS 577: Secure Software Development
    CSS 578: Vulnerability Analysis & Detection
  • 10 credits of CSS Electives, grade 2.7 or above:*
    • 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.
  • 5 credits of Project Coursework; grade 2.7 or above
    • CSS 593: Cyber Security Capstone Project
  • 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 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.


*In the event that a student shows exceptional academic merit, a thesis option is available to Cyber Security Engineering students.  If students pursue a thesis option, the above degree requirements will be revised to require only 5 credits of CSS elective coursework, omit CSS 593 and instead require 10 credits of CSS 700.  For further information about the thesis option, please see the CSS Graduate Advisor.

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