Cybersecurity (MS)


2018-2019 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Volume 1: 2018.2019

Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

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This page was modified on 15 June 2018.
Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.

This program is offered by the Walker School of Business & Technology. It is available online and at select U.S. campuses, but it is not available at the St. Louis home campus. Please see the Campus Locations and Offerings section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

Program Description

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Program Curriculum

The 39 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 6001 Practical Research in Cybersecurity (3 hours)

Elective Courses (18 hours)

4 elective courses 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 5990 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity** (3 hours)
  • CSSS 6500 Cybersecurity Internship (3 hours)


**A maximum of two CSSS 5990 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity courses may be counted toward the 39 required credit hours.

2 additional elective courses:

The student must select 2 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 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.

The 39 credit hours required for the master of business administration (MBA) with an emphasis in cybersecurity must include the following courses:

  • CSSS 5000 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5120 Cybersecurity Infrastructures (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5210 Cybersecurity Law and Policy (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5220 Cybersecurity Threat Detection (3 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.

Dual Degree Option: MA in National Security Studies/MS in Cybersecurity

This program is only available at select U.S. locations.

57 Credit Hours

Upon completion of the 57 credits, two separate diplomas are issued at the same time. The two degrees cannot be awarded separately or sequentially under this arrangement.

Required Courses

  • 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 6001 Practical Research in Cybersecurity I (3 hours)
  • CSSS 6002 Practical Research in Cybersecurity II (3 hours)
  • NTSC 5000 Introduction to National Security Studies (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5601 Professional Ethics in National Security Law (3 hours)
  • NTSC 5100 Research Methods in National Security Studies (3 hours)
  • NTSC 6000 Capstone in National Security Studies (3 hours)
    or NTSC 6250 Thesis in National Security Studies* (6 hours) and INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirement* (0 hours)

*Students taking NTSC 6250 Thesis in National Security Studies (6 hours) must also register for INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirement (0 hours). INTL 6900 acknowledges successful completion of all thesis requirements including conforming to university and departmental guidelines, as well as depositing the thesis in the University library. The six credit hours for NTSC 6250 are drawn from the 3 hours reserved for the NTSC 6000 capstone and 3 elective credit hours in the program.

Electives

Sequential MS in Cybersecurity

A student who holds an MA, MS or an equivalent graduate degree from Webster University or another regionally accredited college or university (or its international equivalent) may earn a sequential MS in cybersecurity from Webster University.

Transfer credit may not be applied toward the sequential MS.

These conditions apply to the student seeking the sequential MS in cybersecurity:

  • The student must take a minimum of 27 credit hours to earn the sequential MS in cybersecurity. This includes the 21-hour degree core, as well as two electives. The elective must be selected from the following list:
    • 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 5990 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity (3 hours)
    • CSSS 6500 Internship in Cybersecurity (3 hours)
  • The student must meet the core course requirements of the MS in cybersecurity. If the student enrolled in any of the core courses as electives in his or her MA, MS or an equivalent degree program, those courses must be replaced with applicable CSSS electives (see list above).
  • Advancement to Candidacy for sequential MS in cybersecurity:
    • Sequential MS in cybersecurity students who received the MA, MBA or MS from Webster University will be advanced to candidacy with initial registration.
    • A student who received the master's degree from another regionally accredited institution will be advanced to candidacy upon approval of the master's degree transcript.

Admission

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

Send all admissions materials to:

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

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.

This page was modified on 15 June 2018.
Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.