The Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering degree curriculum operates around three basic principles:
Protection – hardening our information infrastructures to make them more resistant to attack
Detection – since no amount of protection can provide 100% security, detection of intrusions by outsiders or abuses of privilege by insiders becomes critical
Correction – how to respond to attacks to minimize losses and facilitate re-engineering our information infrastructures to eliminate vulnerabilities being exploited and resume operations at a higher level of assurance.
In addition to these processes and the enabling technologies that accompany them, students learn how to make decisions regarding investments of scarce resources in information assurance, using cost-benefit analyses to support management decisions. The combination of advanced studies in computer science techniques and methods with the practical engineering considerations associated with cyber-security theory and practice provide students with a unique combination of skills to enable them to become cyber-security practitioners and leaders.
To fulfill degree requirements, students must complete a total of 50-53 credits of coursework: core (34 credits), electives (10 credits) and capstone project (5 credits). All MSCSE courses are taught in the evening, on the UW Bothell campus. Students may pursue either full-time or part-time enrollment options.