GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN Cyber Security

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

 

Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

 

Program Description:

Protecting information systems is key to protecting the nation's critical infrastructures.  Only through diligence and a well-trained workforce will we be able to adequately defend the nation's vital information resources.  Cyber Security has one of the largest demands for an educated workforce within the federal, state, and industry domains.  Forbes predicts one million Cyber Security job openings in 2016.  Within Missouri, the 2016 Governer's Cyber Security Task Force Report2 lists education for working professionals as a significant workforce gap.  Recently Missouri S&T signed an MOU with the Ravens Group to provide Cyber Security education for client organizations in the Washington Beltway, using the courses in this certificate as a base.  This certificate meets a majority of the requirements for the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE)3 standards for the NSA-DHS Center of Academic Excellence program, of which S&T has held its designation from 2007 to 2016.  This certificate will allow S&T to regain its certification by tracking graduates of our program with a designated certification.  Students may continue on to take courses to receive an M.S. in Cyber Security (pending approval).

Admission Requirements:

The only entrance requirement for students entering a graduate certificate program is that they hold a bachelor's degree and satisfy the prerequisites for any course they take in the program.  Once admitted to the program the student must take the designated courses.  In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses taken.  Students admitted to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status; however, if they complete the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they will be eligible to be admitted to the MS program in computer science if they apply and if they meet all the other pre-requisites for the degree.  The certificat course taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degrees.  Students who do not have all of the prerequisites courses necessary to take the courses in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for formal certificate courses.  Once admittedto the program, a student will be give three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

1https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevemorgan/2016/01/02/one-million-cybersecurity-job-openings-in-2016/#4256cea727ea
2https://cybersecurity.mo.gov/files/task_force/plans/FINAL_Cybersecurity_Task_Force_Action_Plan_12.29.16.pdf
3http://csrc.nist.gov/nice/

 

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Curriculum

Required:

  • COMP SCI 5601: Security Operations and Program Management
  • COMP SCI 5602: Introduction to Cryptography

Choose two of the following four courses:

  • COMP SCI 6600: Formal Methods in Computer Security
  • COMP SCI 6601: Secure Data Anaylsi
  • COMP SCI 6304: Cloud Computing and Big Data Managment
  • COMP SCI 6605: Advanced Network Security

*There is overlap between the course offerings for this graduate certificate and other graduate certificates. No course can be used to satisfy the requirements for more than one certificate.

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Course Descriptions:


Course description can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate.

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Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Computer Science (MS)

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program.

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