Master of Science in Cybersecurity
The master of science (MS) degree-seeking student should consult the Admission, Enrollment, and Academic Policies sections for policies regarding application, admission, registration and the academic policies of Webster University.
Students may not apply for dual majors because of the technical nature of this MS degree program. Students may apply for sequential degrees as long as they do not duplicate core courses.
Education at the graduate level is an expansion of the knowledge attained from undergraduate studies. Graduate education encourages the development of advanced skills, theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills to practice the art and science of cybersecurity management.
Students entering the cybersecurity program should have knowledge of computer systems, digital networks, familiarity with internet and wireless applications, and possess good (high school algebra and exposure to trigonometry) mathematical as well as written and oral communication skills.
The MS in Cybersecurity prepares individuals for demanding positions in public and private sectors overseeing, operating, or protecting critical computer systems, information, networks, infrastructures and communications networks.
Students will be well-versed to apply their knowledge and critical thinking related to domestic and international legal systems, private and public policies, and ethics, as they apply cybersecurity to information protection, terrorism, fraud, theft, intelligence/counterintelligence, digital forensics, pre-emptive and strategic force operation application situations.
- Graduates will be capable of explaining important principles and theories used throughout the field of cybersecurity.
- Graduates will be capable of applying knowledge in the field of cybersecurity to analyze real-world problems.
- Graduates will be capable of effectively integrating knowledge in the field of cybersecurity to propose solutions to real-world problems.
The 36 credit hours required for the MS degree in cybersecurity must include the required core courses.
Core Courses (21 hours)
- CSSS 5000 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3 hours)
- CSSS 5110 Cybersecurity Communications (3 hours)
- CSSS 5120 Cybersecurity Infrastructures (3 hours)
- CSSS 5130 Cybersecurity Intelligence/Counter Intelligence (3 hours)
- CSSS 5140 Cybersecurity Strategic Operations (3 hours)
- CSSS 5160 Encryption Methods and Techniques (3 hours)
- CSSS 6000 Practical Research in Cybersecurity (3 hours)
Elective Courses (15 hours)
Four elective courses (12 hours) chosen from the following:
- CSSS 5210 Cybersecurity Law and Policy (3 hours)
- CSSS 5220 Cybersecurity Threat Detection (3 hours)
- CSSS 5230 Cybersecurity Forensics (3 hours)
- CSSS 5240 Pre-emptive Deterrence (3 hours)
- CSSS 5250 Use and Protection of Space Assets (3 hours)
- CSSS 5270 Cybersecurity in Cloud Computing (3 hours)
- CSSS 5280 Social Engineering (3 hours)
- CSSS 5290 Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework (3 hours)
- CSSS 5990 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity** (3 hours)
- CSSS 6500 Cybersecurity Internship (3 hours)
**A maximum of one CSSS 5990 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity courses may be counted toward the 36 required credit hours.
One additional elective course (3 hours):
The student must select one additional elective from CSSS or other Webster elective credit courses that may be offered at the location where the student is completing their MS requirements.
All students in this curriculum must complete the CSSS 6000 Practical Research in Cybersecurity (3 hours) capstone course as a practical research paper or an individual or team project for a total of 3 credit hours and 36 contact hours.
Webster reserves the right to restrict access to some courses that may require specific clearances to address specific classified topics related to advanced course content in cybersecurity. Professors must advise the Site Director, Faculty Advisor or Site Manager of the potential of including any classified content in the course and clearly identify the need for security clearances, the level, agency issued by, and methods employed for the protection of information with applicable security policies and procedures at the location where the course is to be taught. Counselors must understand specific clearance requirements of these courses and the specific clearances of students attempting to enroll in these courses. This restriction will only apply to those programs offered at National Laboratories; Intelligence Agencies or specified Military sites which request this level of security.
Graduate Entry Requirements
- Signed Application Form
- Proof of English Proficiency:
- TOEFL: PBT 550 | iBT 80
- IELTS: 6.5
- Pearson: 53
- Undergraduate Transcripts
- Essay: 300-500 word essay on a topic of your choice
- OR Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- One Letter of Recommendation
- Certificate of Finance showing $Tuition plus $16,000
- Copy of Passport ID Page
- Official University/College Transcripts (for Transfer Students)
- Some programs have additional entry requirements. Please contact your advisor for more information.
Advancement to Candidacy
Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B- or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.