MS Cybersecurity

At Webster, we offer the popular and highly contextual Master of Science degree for cyber security. Webster’s graduate courses are an extension of the core skills and knowledge picked up during undergraduate years, and our MS in cyber security is no different. The course can prepare students to take up challenging and rewarding career positions in various high-demand industries like private and public sector companies. They can take on responsibilities that include the administration, operation, and protection of mission-critical computer systems, information systems, networks, infrastructures and communication networks.

During this course, we teach students the basic and advanced skills regarding cyber security. Students gain practical and applicable knowledge about this field, which they can then apply in their professional lives. We help them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that come in handy when it comes to local or international legal systems, private and public policies, and several key ethical issues. Students can directly apply these skills to cyber security and other sensitive areas like fraud, theft, information protection, terrorism, digital forensics, intelligence and counterintelligence. It also helps students to devise pre-emptive or strategic force operation application scenarios. Offered at a number of campuses in the US, this graduate program is a great way to enter the world of cyber security, and make your education count in your career.

The program consists of eight core courses that deal with basic and advanced theories of cyber security. These include emphasis on various kinds of threat-resolution and problem-solving measures. Students can also choose four elective courses from seven different options covering diverse and advanced, specialized aspects of cyber security. These elective courses help further hone their skills and allow them to concentrate on highly specialized, intricate aspects of cyber security. Students must log in a total of 40 credit hours to accomplish this graduate course successfully.

Career Prospects

An MS degree in cyber security is one of the most currently ‘in-demand’ qualifications in the world. With the proliferation of Internet and smart devices, there is a lot of sensitive information in cyber space that needs to be adequately protected. Also, government data and classified corporate data can become victims of data theft.

Keeping these contexts in mind, a cyber security professional is likely to find employment fast and sail smoothly in his/ her chosen career path. Our course helps our students hold their own in any scenario, corporate or otherwise, and enables them to gather key requisite skills to flourish in a competitive environment.

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Points of Distinction

  • Small classes, personal attention, international perspective, and real-world approach to learning that Webster University is noted for worldwide.
  • Webster University has one of the highest graduate business enrollments in the U.S.
  • Our faculty members have appropriate credentials, experience and have been published in magazines and publications that focus on this industry.

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Program Curriculum

The 40 credit hours required for the MS degree in cybersecurity must include the required core courses.

Core Courses

  • CSSS 5000 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3)
  • CSSS 5110 Cybersecurity Communications (3)
  • CSSS 5120 Cybersecurity Infrastructures (3)
  • CSSS 5130 Cybersecurity Intelligence/Counter Intelligence (3)
  • CSSS 5140 Cybersecurity Strategic Operations (3)
  • CSSS 6001 Practical Research in Cybersecurity (3)*
  • CSSS 6002 Practical Research in Cybersecurity (3)*
  • WSBT 5000 Career Success for the 21st Century (1)

*CSSS 6001 and 6002 must be taken sequentially over two terms; CSSS 6001 is a Prerequisite for CSSS 6002

Four elective courses chosen from the following:

  • CSSS 5210 Cybersecurity Law and Policy (3)
  • CSSS 5220 Cybersecurity Threat Detection (3)
  • CSSS 5230 Cybersecurity Forensics (3)
  • CSSS 5240 Pre-emptive Deterrence (3)
  • CSSS 5250 Use and Protection of Space Assets (3)
  • CSSS 5260 Encryption Methods and Techniques (3)
  • CSSS 5990 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity (3)**

**A maximum of two CSSS 5990 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity courses may be counted toward the 40 required credit hours.The student must also select two additional electives 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 6001 [3] and CSSS 6002 [3] - Practical Research in Cybersecurity) capstone courses over two sequential terms as a practical research paper, an internship, or an individual or team project for a total of [6] credit hours and 72 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.

The Hague Security Delta

Webster Leiden Campus is a partner of The Hague Security Delta , the largest security cluster in Europe with businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions working together in the field of cyber security, national security, protection of critical infrastructure, and forensics.

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