Degree Requirements

Cybersecurity, MS

Overview of Program


Program Curriculum, 34 Credits

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity represents a fully online, asynchronous curriculum comprised of 34 credits to include seven core courses, three concentration or track courses, a capstone preparation course and a project-based capstone course.

Courses are offered online by faculty from several University of Wisconsin campuses. All applicants will need to demonstrate that they have taken the following prerequisite courses:

Program Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree with, at minimum, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Prerequisite coursework in Introduction to Computer Science - which must include programming content, and prerequisite coursework in calculus or statistics.

Required Courses:

Core Courses
CYB 700: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity, 3 credits
CYB 703: Network Security, 3 credits
CYB 705: Sociological Aspects of Cybersecurity, 3 credits
CYB 707: Cybersecuirty Program Planning and Implementation, 3 credits
CYB 710: Introduction to Cyrptography, 3 credits
CYB 715: Managing Security Risk, 3 credits
CYB 720: Communication in Cybersecurity, 3 credits

Digital Forensics
CYB 725: Computer Forensics and Investigations, 3 credits
CYB 730: Computer Criminology, 3 credits
CYB 735: Network Forensics, 3 credits

Cyber Response
CYB 740: Incident Response and Remediation, 3 credits
CYB 745: Secure Operating Systems, 3 credits
CYB 750: Offensive Security and Threat Management, 3 credits

Governance and Leadership
CYB 755: Security Administration, 3 credits
CYB 760: Cybersecurity Leadership and Team Dynamics, 3 credits
CYB 765: Cybersecurity Management, 3 credits

Security Architecture
CYB 770: Security Architecture, 3 credits
CYB 775: Applied Cryptography, 3 credits
CYB 780: Software Security, 3 credits
CYB 785: Cyber Physical System Security, 3 credits

Capstone Courses
CYB 789: Pre-Capstone, 1 credit
CYB 790: Capstone, 3 credits

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Academic Director: Tony Varghese

Program Manager: Debra Hare

The cybersecurity degree is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is a collaborative effort of UW-Extension and eight University of Wisconsin campuses - UW-Green Bay, UW LaCrosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW Superior.

This 100% online degree is designed to produce graduates with skills that meet current market demands. The program’s core curriculum addresses the fundamentals of cybersecurity, featuring courses in security planning, risk assessment, and communication. The program’s four tracks of study gives students the opportunity to tailor the degree to match their interests and career ambitions.