Cybersecurity (MS)

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology

Program Description

The Master of Science (MS) degree-seeking student should consult the Admission, Enrollment, and Academic Policies sections under Academic Policies and Procedures 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 M.S. degree program. Students may apply for sequential degrees as long as they do not duplicate core courses applying to their sequential degree emphasis area. The capstone course in each emphasis is required and unique to its area of emphasis.

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, digitalnetworks, 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.


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be capable of explaining important principles, and theories used throughout the field of Cybersecurity.
  2. Graduates will be capable of applying knowledge in the field of Cybersecurity to analyze real world problems.
  3. Graduates will be capable of effectively integrating knowledge in the field of Cybersecurity to propose solutions to real world problems.

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Program Curriculum

The 39 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)*

*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 39 required Webster courses.

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.

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Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admissions
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

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 -Revised September 8, 2013-

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